Covid infection rate drops below 100 in Wales but 22 more die

Another 22 people have died in Wales with coronavirus, Public Health Wales has confirmed on Saturday, February 13.

The latest figures show that 400 new cases of Covid-19 have been confirmed in the past 24 hours – down from 608 on Friday – bringing the total in Wales since the outbreak of the pandemic to 198,761.

The number of people in Wales to have died with coronavirus within a month of a positive test now stands at 5,106.

The infection rate across Wales is currently 98.7 per 100,000 population based on the seven days up to February 8, a decrease from 102.3 on Friday. The current rate is the lowest it has been since September.

The latest data also shows that 749,445 have now received a first dose of the coronavirus vaccine, up from 715,944 published 24 hours earlier. Meanwhile, 4,224 have now received both doses of the vaccine.

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

  • 80 years and older: 162,912 (89.1%)
  • Aged 75-79 years: 118,931 (88.4%)
  • Aged 70-74 years: 156,365 (84.8%)
  • Care home residents: 14,122 (81.2%)
  • Care home workers: 34,646 (84.0%)
  • Healthcare workers: 118,976 (percentage not given)

Key details

Deaths reported today: 22

  • Cases reported today: 400 (down from 608)
  • Number of tests carried out: 12,932 (down from 14,490)
  • Total deaths with lab-confirmed coronavirus in Wales: 5,106
  • Total number of people who have received a first dose of Covid-19 vaccine: 749,445
  • Total number of people who have received a two-dose course of Covid-19 vaccine: 4,224

Wrexham remains the local authority with the highest infection rate in Wales with a seven-day rate of 186.1 cases per 100,000 population, down from 199.3 on Friday.

Flintshire is in second with a seven-day rate of 161.4 cases per 100,000 population, which is down from 172.3 when compared with the day before.

Anglesey remains the third-highest rate with 144.2 cases per 100,000, down from 164.2 on the previous day.

Cardiff reported the most new cases in the latest 24-hour period with 56, followed by Flintshire and Neath Port Talbot, both with 31, while Vale of Glamorgan had 30, Newport had 27, Torfaen had 23, and Swansea, Carmarthenshire, and Wrexham all had 21.

All other local authorities reported fewer than 20 cases including Caerphilly with 17, Conwy with 15, Anglesey with 14, Rhondda Cynon Taf and Powys with 12, and Gwynedd with 11 while Blaenau Gwent, Bridgend and Denighshire all reported 10 new cases.

Four local authorities reported single-figure tallies with Merthyr Tydfil recording five, Pembrokeshire having four, and Monmouthshire and Ceredigion each having three.

Across Wales the positivity rate of tests is down to 8.5% for the past seven-day period which is below a key Welsh Government threshold for easing lockdown restrictions. The highest rate is in Flintshire where 12.8.% of tests have come back positive in the last week.

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Cases per 100,000 based on seven-day rolling average (February 2 to February 8):

Aneurin Bevan University Health Board

Newport: 100.2 (down from 104.1)

Torfaen: 114.9 (down from 127.7)

Caerphilly: 90.0 (down from 92.8)

Monmouthshire: 65.5 (down from 68.7)

Blaenau Gwent: 93.0 (down from 98.8)

Betsi Cadwaladr University Health Board

Wrexham: 186.1 (down from 199.3)

Flintshire: 161.4 (down from 172.3)

Denbighshire: 76.3 (down from 84.6)

Gwynedd: 89.9 (up from 86.7)

Conwy: 127.1 (down from 138.2)

Anglesey: 144.2 (down from 164.2)

Cardiff and Vale University Health Board

Vale of Glamorgan: 105.5 (up from 101.8)

Cardiff: 93.5 (down from 97.3)

Cwm Taf Morgannwg University Health Board

Bridgend: 70.0 (down from 74.1)

Merthyr Tydfil: 94.5 (down from 102.8)

Rhondda Cynon Taf: 109.4 (up from 99.9)

Hywel Dda University Health Board

Carmarthenshire: 87.9 (down from 98.5)

Ceredigion: 33.0 (down from 38.5)

Pembrokeshire: 46.9 (down from 54.8)

Powys Teaching Health Board

Powys: 107.2 (up from 98.2)

Swansea Bay University Health Board

Neath Port Talbot: 88.6 (down from 90)

Swansea: 67.2 (up from 66)

Wales total – 98.7 (down from 102.3)

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On Friday First Minister Mark Drakeford confirmed that vaccination has been offered to everyone in the first four priority groups and over the next few months vaccinations will be offered to everyone in groups five to nine, including everyone aged 50 to 69, everyone over 16 who has an underlying health condition, and many unpaid carers who provide care for someone who is vulnerable to the virus.

Dr Chris Williams, incident director for the novel coronavirus (Covid-19) outbreak response at Public Health Wales, said on Saturday: “We welcome the news that the vaccination programme in Wales, carried out by the Welsh Government and the local health boards, has reached the significant milestone of 20% of the population having had their first dose of the vaccination. This is a great achievement and is a big step towards ensuring the reduction of serious illness, and deaths, from coronavirus.

“Vaccinating the adult population of Wales, to protect people from severe disease, is a significant task and the vaccine will take time to reach everyone. The effects of the vaccines may not be seen nationally for some time and everyone – including those who have been vaccinated – must continue to follow the advice on keeping Wales safe.

“Although the data currently shows that on an all-Wales level the numbers of cases are reducing and that the incidence is now below 100 cases per 100,000 population the rates in some areas – particularly in north Wales – are still at nearly double that and there have been small increases in others.”

Dr Williams added: “It is encouraging to see that the numbers of people being treated for coronavirus in our hospitals is reducing but there are still a large number of people who are extremely ill, which means that the pressure on services is still very high.

“We encourage everyone, whatever their background, socio-demographic and ethnicity, to have the coronavirus vaccine when they are offered it. We also stress the importance of seeking information from a trusted source such as Public Health Wales, the Welsh Government, local health board or GP.

“We continue to work to identify and investigate cases of variant coronavirus in Wales. To date 13 cases of the South Africa variant have been identified in Wales. Multi-agency investigations continue into two separate cases that do not have clear links to international travel. There are no cases of the variants associated with Brazil.

“The UK variant of coronavirus prevalent in many parts of Wales is up to 70% more transmissible and as reported recently there is evidence which suggests that it may lead to a higher risk of death than the non-variant. Public Health Wales welcomes the recent evidence that the ChadOx1 (AstraZeneca/Oxford Vaccine Group) vaccine is effective against the UK variant.”

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