Seven new coronavirus cases have been reported in Newport as Wales saw no new deaths for the second day in a row.

The rate of infection in the city is now 55 per 100,000, above the overall Wales figure of 41.5.

The latest daily update from Public Health Wales (PHW) on Tuesday, March 23 recorded 127 new positive cases in the last 24-hour period, bringing the total since the start of the pandemic to 208,119.

The number of people who have died with coronavirus in Wales within a month of a positive test remains at 5,488.

The infection rate across Wales is now 41.5 cases per 100,000 of population based on the seven days up to March 18, which is slightly down from 41.8 on Monday and below the key Welsh Government benchmark of 50.

The percentage of tests coming back with positive results is now below the key 5% benchmark at 3.4% in the last seven days.

The data show that 1,288,250 people have now received a first dose of the vaccine and a further 353,347 have had both jabs.

Uptake of the first vaccine dose by priority group (according to PHW):

Care home residents: 13,163 (96%) Care home workers: 32,844 (86.9%) Healthcare workers: 128,598 (90.5%) Social care workers: 42,462 80 years and older: 166,382 (94.7%) 75-79 years: 127,115 (95.3%) 70-74 years: 174,090 (94.7%) Clinically extremely vulnerable 16-69 years: 74,021 (90.7%) 65-69 years: 166,436 (92.3%) Clinical risk groups 16-64 years: 245,770 (70.7%) 60-64 years: 170,418 (82.9%) 55-59 years: 120,879 (51.8%) 50-54 years: 89,331 (39.2%)

Key details

Deaths reported today: None Cases reported today: 127 (down from 150)
Total deaths with lab-confirmed coronavirus in Wales: 5,488 Total number of people who have received the first dose of Covid-19 vaccine: 1,288,250 Total number of people who have received a two-dose course of Covid-19 vaccine: 353,347

Merthyr saw the highest number of new cases reported on Tuesday with 15 followed by Flintshire with 13, Neath Port Talbot with 12, and RCT and Swansea with eight.

Newport had seven new cases, Blaenau Gwent, Anglesey, Conwy and Powys all had six, Cardiff and Vale of Glamorgan had five, Carmarthenshire had four, Torfaen, Caerphilly, Denbighshire and Wrexham had three, Pembrokeshire had two, and Monmouthshire, Ceredigion and Gwynedd had one.

Bridgend reported no new coronavirus cases in the last 24 hours.

Cases per 100,000 based on seven-day rolling average (March 12to March 18):

Aneurin Bevan University Health Board

Blaenau Gwent: 61.5 (down from 65.8)

Newport: 55 (up from 52.4)

Caerphilly: 46.4 (up from 44.7)

Torfaen: 22.3 (down from 23.4)

Monmouthshire: 13.7 (down from 15.9)

Betsi Cadwaladr University Health Board

Conwy: 59.7 (down from 68.3)

Anglesey: 107.1 (unchanged)

Gwynedd: 46.6 (down from 49.8)

Denbighshire: 25.1 (down from 31.3)

Flintshire: 75.6 (up from 66.6)

Wrexham: 33.8 (down from 34.6)

Cardiff and Vale University Health Board

Cardiff: 30.3 (down from 31.1)

Vale of Glamorgan: 43.4 (up from 42.7)

Cwm Taf Morgannwg University Health Board

Merthyr Tydfil: 111.1 (down from 121)

Rhondda Cynon Taf: 23.6 (up from 23.2)

Bridgend: 17 (down from 17.7)

Hywel Dda University Health Board

Carmarthenshire: 36 (down from 36.6)

Pembrokeshire: 31.8 (up from 27)

Ceredigion: 11 (unchanged)

Powys Teaching Health Board

Powys: 15.1 (down from 18.1)

Swansea Bay University Health Board

Neath Port Talbot: 45.4 (up from 44)

Swansea: 56.7 (up from 54.7)

Wales total: 41.5 (down from 41.8)

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Dr Giri Shankar, incident director for the novel coronavirus outbreak response at Public Health Wales, said: “Today marks the one year anniversary of the first lockdown in Wales.

“Thank you to everyone who has worked to keep Wales safe over the past year, and we send our condolences to those who have lost loved ones.

“We are continually testing, researching, informing and developing our response to coronavirus for a better, more resilient future for all.

“Supermarkets can now sell non-essential items and garden centres can open in Wales. This slight easing of Covid lockdown rules is encouraging and while the level of infection across Wales has declined in recent weeks, there are still several areas which have significantly higher rates.

“Public Health Wales, Betsi Cadwaladr University Health Board and Isle of Anglesey County Council are working to offer additional coronavirus testing in Holyhead and Holy Island, including lateral flow tests for secondary school students and their linked households, and home-delivered PCR tests for local residents. This case-finding aims to find undetected infections to control and reduce the transmission in this area.

“In many areas of Wales, the numbers of cases are falling. It is now so important that we don’t throw away the substantial gains that we have made, and I would like to send a clear message to everyone that coronavirus hasn’t disappeared and there are still a large number of people who have not been vaccinated. In order to protect everyone, including the most vulnerable, we must all stick to the rules.

“Welsh Government restrictions state that you should not go into any other household or mix indoors with other people who you don’t live with.

“If you are contacted by your local TTP team then it is important that you are truthful with them about where you have been and who you have met. They are not there to judge, they are there to help prevent ongoing transmission of the virus and to protect the community.

“If you are asked to self-isolate by your local TTP team then please ensure that you do so for the full ten days – this will help break any chains of transmission.

“We encourage everyone, whatever their background, social demographic and ethnicity, to have the vaccine when they are offered it.”

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