Wales records three more Covid deaths and more than 1,000 new cases

Three more people have died after contracting coronavirus in Wales, it has been announced.

The latest update from Public Health Wales (PHW) on Sunday, July 18 confirmed 1,112 more positive cases to bring the total since the pandemic began to 230,619.

The three additional reported Covid-19 deaths by the NHS trust means the overall total now stands at 5,586.

Wales’ infection rate now stands at 161.1 cases per 100,000 population based on the seven days between July 6 and 12 – up on 156.3 on Friday. It has not been this high since late January. Eighteen of Wales’ 22 local authorities are now reporting more than 100 positive cases per 100,00 people.

The figures are based on the date a test was done, not the date a test was put on the system, meaning it is an accurate reflection of how fast the virus is spreading in Wales.

PHW no longer update coronavirus figures on a Saturday, which means today’s update covers cases identified in the 24 hours before 9am on Friday.

First Minister Mark Drakeford said nearly all coronavirus restrictions on people and businesses in Wales are set to be lifted on Saturday, August 7. You can read more about the Welsh Government’s announcement on changes to restrictions in Wales here.

The area with the highest infection rate in Wales remains Wrexham with 313.3 cases per 100,000 population – down when compared to Friday’s figure of 303.8. This is followed by Denbighshire with 307.2 and Conwy with 246.6.

The percentage of tests coming back positive across Wales over the last week is now 8.6%, up from 8.2% reported on Friday. Wrexham has almost double this at a rate of 15.4%.

As at July 15, there were 130 people across Wales in general and acute hospital beds with confirmed (80), suspected (16) or recovering (34) cases of coronavirus. This was down on the 141 the day before. Betsi Cadwaladr UHB had the most with 43, followed by Cardiff and Vale UHB with 28, Cwm Taf Morgannwg UHB with 26, Aneurin Bevan UHB with 20, Hywel Dda UHB with eight and Swansea Bay UHB with three.

There are now 10 people with either confirmed or suspected Covid in an invasive ventilated bed – the highest form of treatment – up from nine the day before. Four are in Cardiff and Vale UHB, three are in Hywel Dda UHB, and there is one each in Betsi Cadwaladr UHB, Swansea Bay UHB and Aneurin Bevan UHB.

The Delta variant has become by far the most dominant strain in Wales, with Public Health Wales stating on Thursday that 5,601 cases have now been identified – up 1,935 on the 3,666 recorded a week ago.

To date, 2,281,644 people in Wales have had at least one coronavirus vaccine, with 1,918,345 having both doses.

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

  • Care home residents: 14,233 (98.1%)
  • Care home workers: 35,422 (93%)
  • 80 years and older: 164,159 (96.1%)
  • Healthcare workers: 137,2335 (96.3%)
  • Social care workers: 45,597 (no percentage available)
  • 75-79 years: 128,059 (96.9%)
  • 70-74 years: 175,988 (96.2%)
  • Clinically extremely vulnerable 16-69 years: 76,900 (94.7%)
  • 65-69 years: 171,084 (94.9%)
  • Clinical risk groups 16-64 years: 316,895 (89.5%)
  • 60-64 years: 191,457 (93.2%)
  • 55-59 years: 213,308 (91.4%)
  • 50-54 years: 204,078 (89.4%)
  • 40-49 years: 330,937 (83.9%)
  • 30-39 years: 322,196 (75.6%)
  • 18-29 years: 354,759 (73.7%)

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

  • Care home residents: 13,762 (94.9%)
  • Care home workers: 33,726 (88.6%)
  • 80 years and older: 161,270 (94.4%)
  • Healthcare workers: 132,868 (93.1%)
  • Social care workers: 44,673 (no percentage available)
  • 75-79 years: 126,371 (95.6%)
  • 70-74 years: 174,114 (95.2%)
  • Clinically extremely vulnerable 16-69 years: 74,644 (91.9%)
  • 65-69 years: 168,278 (93.4%)
  • Clinical risk groups 16-64 years: 295,823 (83.5%)
  • 60-64 years: 187,186 (91.2%)
  • 55-59 years: 206,943 (88.7%)
  • 50-54 years: 195,716 (85.8%)
  • 40-49 years: 293,956 (74.6%)
  • 30-39 years: 231,874 (54.4%)
  • 18-29 years: 165,438 (34.4%)

Denbighshire reported the most new cases on Sunday with 94, followed by Flintshire, Conwy and Wrexham with 82, Cardiff with 79, Bridgend with 71 and Rhondda Cynon Taf with 64.

Powys had 53, Swansea had 42, Caerphilly had 34, Newport had 29 while Gwynedd and Pembrokeshire both had 28.

Neath Port-Talbot reported 27, the Vale of Glamorgan reported 26, Torfaen had 25, Carmarthenshire had 23, Monmouthshire and Ceredigion had 15 and Merthyr Tydfil had 11.

Local authorities reporting under 10 new cases were just Anglesey with 9 and Blaenau Gwent with 8.

Infection rate for every 100,000 people in each area for the seven days (July 6 to July 12)

Aneurin Bevan University Health Board

Blaenau Gwent: 120.2 (up from 107.4)

Newport: 137.3 (down from 142.2)

Caerphilly: 119.8 (down from 130.3)

Torfaen: 203.3 (down from 207.5)

Monmouthshire: 153.3 (up from 149.1)

Betsi Cadwaladr University Health Board

Conwy: 246.6 (up from 226.1)

Anglesey: 135.6 (down from 138.5)

Gwynedd: 123.6 (down from 130.9)

Denbighshire: 307.2 (down from 275.9)

Flintshire: 234.5 (down from 223.6)

Wrexham: 313.3 (up from 303.8)

Cardiff and Vale University Health Board

Cardiff: 182.3 (up from 180.4)

Vale of Glamorgan: 132.5 (up from 131.7)

Cwm Taf Morgannwg University Health Board

Merthyr Tydfil: 92.8 (down from 99.5)

Rhondda Cynon Taf: 157.1 (up from 152.9)

Bridgend: 214.2 (up from 203.3)

Hywel Dda University Health Board

Carmarthenshire: 87.9 (unchanged)

Pembrokeshire: 54.0 (down from 56.4)

Ceredigion: 125.2 (up from 104.5)

Powys Teaching Health Board

Powys: 194.8 (up from 187.3)

Swansea Bay University Health Board

Neath Port Talbot: 83 (unchanged)

Swansea: 106.1 (up from 93.1)

Wales total: 161.1 (up from156.3)

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First Minister Mark Drakeford has announced Wales will move fully into alert level one from July 17 and said he hoped to move into alert level zero on August 7 if the public health situation allows.

From that date, there will also be no legal limits on the number of people who can meet others indoors, including in private homes. All premises would be able to open and most, but not all, restrictions will be removed.

Also from August 7, masks will not need to be worn in hospitality settings but will continue to be required by law in most indoor public places and on public transport.

It means Wales is following a very similar timetable to Scotland which is set to lift all restrictions from August 9.

Wales’ announcement also includes changes from this Saturday (July 17) which means the limits on the numbers of people who can meet in public places or at events will be removed. Outdoor premises and events will also have greater flexibility around physical distancing.

From Saturday, July 17, Wales will move fully to alert level one, including:

  • Up to six people can meet indoors in private homes and holiday accommodation
  • Organised indoor events can take place for up to 1,000 seated and up to 200 standing
  • Ice rinks can reopen
  • Groups of up to 30 can visit children’s residential activity centres

The First Minister has also confirmed that people who have who have been fully vaccinated in the UK will no longer need to self-isolate if they are returning from an amber list country, in line with the position in England and Scotland.

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