Coronavirus infection rates for Wales on Sunday, October 25

Five more people have died with coronavirus in Wales and more than 1,100 new cases have been identified.

Latest figures from Public Health Wales (PHW) for Sunday, October 25, show 1,104 positive test results have been reported in the last 24 hours, a fall on the 1,324 announced on Saturday.

A total of 42,681 people have now tested positive in Wales since the pandemic began last March.

PHW also announced that five more people had died to bring the overall death toll with lab-confirmed coronavirus to 1,777. On Saturday, 16 deaths were announced which was the highest daily number of deaths since May 28.

There is often a fall in reported cases and deaths over a weekend.

Merthyr Tydfil replaced Cardiff as the local authority with the most cases per 100,000 population increasing to 374.6 from 310 on Saturday.

Rhondda Cynon Taf also leapfrogged Cardiff with 331.2 cases up from 287.

Cardiff saw a fall in the number of cases per head with 303.1 cases per 100,000 population, down from 311.8 the day before.

The numbers look at a rolling seven-day average between October 16 and October 22.

These are the key details on Sunday:

  • Deaths reported today: 5

  • Cases reported today: 1,104 (down from 1,324 on Saturday)

  • Number of tests carried out on Saturday: 11,217 (down from 14,518 reported on Saturday)

  • Total deaths with lab-confirmed coronavirus in Wales: 1,777

Cases per 100,000 for rolling seven days

Aneurin Bevan University Health Board

Blaenau Gwent: 272 (Up)

Newport: 115.7 (Up)

Torfaen: 141.5 (Up)

Caerphilly: 204.9 (Up)

Monmouthshire: 98.3 (Up)

Betsi Cadwaldr University Health Board

Flintshire: 138.4 (Up)

Wrexham: 203 (Up)

Conwy: 98.1 (Up)

Denbighshire: 99.3 (Down)

Gwynedd: 77.1 (Down)

Anglesey: 134.25 (Up)

Cardiff and Vale University Health Board

Cardiff: 303.1 (Down)

Vale of Glamorgan: 66.6 (Down)

Cwm Taf Morgannwg University Health Board

Merthyr Tydfil: 374.6 (Up)

Rhondda Cynon Taf: 331.2 (Up)

Bridgend: 212.9 (Up)

Hywel Dda University Health Board

Carmarthenshire: 84.8 (Down)

Ceredigion: 38.5 (Up)

Pembrokeshire: 38.2 (Down)

Powys Teaching Health Board

Powys: 51.3 (Up)

Swansea Bay University Health Board

Swansea: 239.7 (Up)

Neath Port Talbot: 265.2 (Up)

Wales total – 181.7

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Wales has now entered a 17-day “fire-break” lockdown which will last for 17 days until Monday, November 9.

Everyone is expected to stay at home wherever possible, non-essential retail will shut, and secondary schools will close for those in year nine and above. Read the full announcement here.

Mr Drakeford said it was critical to act now to reduce the rising rates of coronavirus in Wales.

During a press conference on Friday, he attacked people who claim the virus is just a hoax.

“There are those who seek to persuade us that the risk of coronavirus is all just a hoax; that it is a mild disease that does no harm,” he said.

“They do not face the families of the people who have died this week who will never see or speak to their loved ones again.

“They will never face the hundreds more people who will die in Wales unless we act now to bring this deadly disease back under control.”

The new fire-break rules at a glance

  • People in Wales are being asked to stay at home until Monday, November 9
  • All non-essential retail, leisure, hospitality and tourism businesses will close as was the case during the March lockdown
  • Community centres, libraries, and recycling centres will also all close and places of worship will be shut other than for funerals or wedding ceremonies
  • Primary and special schools will re-open as normal after half term but secondary schools will only re-open to students in years seven and eight for the second week of the fire-break
  • No gatherings will be permitted either indoors or outdoors with people from other households with the only exceptions being adults living alone and single parents who can join another household for support

There has been widespread criticism of Welsh Government’s decision to ban supermarkets from selling non-essential goods. Despite this the health Minister Vaughan Gething has said they will not U-turn on the policy.

Dr Robin Howe, incident director for the novel coronavirus outbreak response at Public Health Wales, said: “We urge the public to stick to the new rules, which are vital to help us regain control of the virus, to protect the NHS, and save lives.

“Although national and local measures have made a difference, further action is now needed. Cases continue to rise in Wales, hospital admissions are increasing, including those into critical care, and sadly so are the numbers of people dying from the virus.

“Under the rules, people must stay at home, except for very limited purposes. They must not visit other households or meet other people they do not live with.

“Certain businesses and venues, including bars, restaurants and most shops must close.

“Secondary schools will provide learning online only for the week after half-term, other than for children in years seven and eight. Primary schools and childcare settings will remain open.

“Face coverings continue to be mandatory in the indoor public spaces that remain open, subject to certain exemptions and exceptions, including on public transport and in taxis.”

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