Six new coronavirus cases have been recorded in Newport as a further three people were confirmed to have died with the virus in Wales.

The rate of infection in the city is now 51.7 per 100,000 people, above the overall Wales figure which is 38.5.

The latest daily update from Public Health Wales (PHW) on Friday, March 26 recorded 190 new positive cases in the last 24-hour period, bringing the total since the start of the pandemic to 208,694.

Following three new reported deaths, the number of people who have died with coronavirus in Wales within a month of a positive test is now at 5,498.

The infection rate across Wales is now 38.5 cases per 100,000 of population based on the seven days up to March 20, which is down from 39.1 on Thursday.

The percentage of tests coming back with positive results is now further below the key 5% benchmark at 3.1% in the last seven days.

The data show that 1,341,620 people have now received a first dose of the vaccine and a further 389,663 have had both jabs.

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

Care home residents: 12,257 (95.9%) Care home workers: 33,267 (87.9%) Healthcare workers: 129,451 (91%) Social care workers: 42,806 80 years and older: 166,421 (94.8%) 75-79 years: 127,251 (95.4%) 70-74 years: 174,22598 (94.9%) Clinically extremely vulnerable 16-69 years: 74,382 (91.1%) 65-69 years: 167,004 (92.6%) Clinical risk groups 16-64 years: 262, 710 (75.2%) 60-64 years: 176,227 (85.7%) 55-59 years: 144,990 (62.1%) 50-54 years: 96,753 (42.5%)

Key details

Deaths reported today: Three Cases reported today: 190 (down from 227)
Total deaths with lab-confirmed coronavirus in Wales: 5,498
Total number of people who have received the first dose of Covid-19 vaccine: 1,341,620 Total number of people who have received a two-dose course of Covid-19 vaccine: 389,663

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Swansea saw the highest number of new cases reported on Thursday with 30 followed by Cardiff with 22, Anglesey with 18, Neath Port Talbot with 15, Gwynedd with 11.

The other authorities had under 10 including Flintshire and Merthyr Tydfil with nine, Conwy with eight, Denbighshire, Carmarthenshire and Rhondda Cynon Taf with seven, Newport and Pembrokeshire with six, Caerphilly, Bridgend and Wrexham with five, Vale of Glamorgan with four, Monmouthshire, Ceredigion and Torfaen with two, and Powys with one.

Cases per 100,000 based on seven-day rolling average (March 15to March 21):

Aneurin Bevan University Health Board

Blaenau Gwent: 70.1 (down from 74.4)

Newport: 51.7 (up from 51.1)

Caerphilly: 44.7 (down from 46.4)

Torfaen: 17 (up from 16)

Monmouthshire: 12.7 (down from 14.8)

Betsi Cadwaladr University Health Board

Conwy: 52 (unchanged)

Anglesey: 91.4 (down from 94.2)

Gwynedd: 32.1 (down from 36.1)

Denbighshire: 21.9 (down from 24)

Flintshire: 63.4 (down from 66.6)

Wrexham: 29.4 (down from 33.8)

Cardiff and Vale University Health Board

Cardiff: 32.7 (down from 33)

Vale of Glamorgan: 32.2 (down from 38.2)

Cwm Taf Morgannwg University Health Board

Merthyr Tydfil: 134.3 (up from 127.6)

Rhondda Cynon Taf: 21.6 (down from 22.4)

Bridgend: 15 (down from 16.3)

Hywel Dda University Health Board

Carmarthenshire: 27.5 (down from 28.1)

Pembrokeshire: 27.8 (down from 30.2)

Ceredigion: 9.6 (unchanged)

Powys Teaching Health Board

Powys: 19.6 (up from 16.6)

Swansea Bay University Health Board

Neath Port Talbot: 50.9 (up from 50.2)

Swansea: 51.4 (up from 49)

Wales total: 38.5 (down from 39.1)

Dr Robin Howe, incident director for covid-19 outbreak response at Public Health Wales, said: “Welsh Government has announced the lifting of the ‘stay local’ requirement from tomorrow, Saturday 27 March, and that self-contained holiday accommodation can open for those who live in Wales. People should stay within the borders of Wales unless for essential travel such as work or education.

“In addition, six people from two households are able to meet outdoors, organised outdoors activities for children under 18 can resume, and libraries can re-open.

“This slight easing of Covid lockdown rules is encouraging, however while the number of cases is declining overall, there are still several areas which have significantly higher rates.

“This is a stark reminder of the need for everyone to maintain constant vigilance, by practising hand hygiene, keeping 2m apart from people that you don’t live with, and wearing a mask in indoor environments.

“It is clear that coronavirus has not gone away, 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.”

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