Wales has recorded more than 2,300 new positive cases of coronavirus in the latest update from Public Health Wales.
Data published on Sunday, August 29, identified 2,357 new cases in Wales bringing the total number since the pandemic began to 274,390
There was three Covid-19 deaths reported in Wales, meaning the total number of people who have died within 28 days of testing positive is 5,671.
Read more: Welsh Government will consider vaccine passports if cases continue to rise
The latest infection rate across Wales as a whole is now 355 per 100,000 people based on the seven days up to August 23 – up from 343 recorded on Friday. Rates have risen in the majority of local authorities in Wales.
Growing numbers of local areas across the UK are recording their highest rates of new cases of Covid-19 since comparable records began, as the third wave of coronavirus continues to pick up pace across the country, new figures show.
Parts of Scotland, Wales and south-west England are all experiencing case rates higher than at any point since mass testing was first introduced in summer 2020, while areas of Northern Ireland hit a new peak in recent days.
The figures come amid warnings of a further increase in the spread of the virus in coming weeks.
The Public Health Wales figures released on Sunday 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.
The area with the highest infection rate in Wales is Swansea which soared to 543.7 per 100,000 population followed by Neath Port Talbot both with 480.8 and Denbighshire with 479.6.
The areas with the highest number of cases reported today are Swansea with 342, Rhondda Cynon Taf with 220, Cardiff 210, and Neath Port Talbot with 159. You can read out analysis of the worrying virus spike hitting Swansea Bay here.
The areas with the lowest cases were Blaenau Gwent with 24, Ceredigion with 34 and Anglesey with 37.
As of August 26 there were 278 people in general and acute hospital beds with coronavirus.
Aneurin Bevan UHBhad the most patients with 71, Betsi Cadwaladr UHB had 64, Cwm Taf Morgannwg UHB with 40, Hywel Dda UHB with 29, Swansea Bay UHB with 25, Cardiff and Vale UHB with 47 and Powys Teaching Health Board with two.
As of August 26 there were 37 people in invasive ventilated beds in Wales with coronavirus.
The latest figures show that 2,349,268 people in Wales have received their first dose of the coronavirus vaccine and 2,174,937 people have received both doses of the jab.
Uptake of the first vaccine dose by priority group (according to PHW):
- Care home residents: 98.1%
- Care home workers: 93.8%
- 80 years and older: 96.2%
- Healthcare workers: 96.7%
- Social care workers: 45,717 (no percentage available)
- 75-79 years: 96.9%
- 70-74 years: 96.3%
- Clinically extremely vulnerable 16-69 years: 95.1%
- 65-69 years: 95.1%
- Clinical risk groups 16-64 years: 90.2%
- 60-64 years: 95.1%
- 55-59 years: 91.7%
- 50-54 years: 89.8%
- 40-49 years: 84.7%
- 30-39 years: 77.3%
- 18-29 years: 76.3%
- 16-17 years: 58.4%
Uptake of the second vaccine dose by priority group (according to PHW):
- Care home residents: 95.6%
- Care home workers: 90.6%
- 80 years and older: 94.9%
- Healthcare workers: 94.6%
- Social care workers: 44,976 (no percentage available)
- 75-79 years: 96.1%
- 70-74 years: 95.6%
- Clinically extremely vulnerable 16-69 years: 91.9%
- 65-69 years: 94%
- Clinical risk groups 16-64 years: 86.5%
- 60-64 years: 92.1%
- 55-59 years: 89.9%
- 50-54 years: 87.5%
- 40-49 years: 80.9%
- 30-39 years: 70.3%
- 18-29 years: 65%
- 16-17 years: 10.3%
Infection rate for every 100,000 people in each area for the seven days (week up to August 23):
Aneurin Bevan University Health Board
Blaenau Gwent: 209.0 (up from 197.5 )
Newport: 349.1 (up from 345.9 )
Caerphilly: 286.1 (up from 268.9 )
Torfaen: 353.3 (up from 350.1 )
Monmouthshire: 299.2 (up from 293.9 )
Betsi Cadwaladr University Health Board
Conwy: 358.4 (up from 325.9 )
Anglesey: 222.7 (up from 214.2 )
Gwynedd: 304.3 (up from 296.2 )
Denbighshire: 479.6 (up from 459.8 )
Flintshire: 308.1 (down from 328.6 )
Wrexham: 328.0 (up from 316.3 )
Cardiff and Vale University Health Board
Cardiff: 276.9 (up from 266.3 )
Vale of Glamorgan: 336.1 (up from 324.9 )
Cwm Taf Morgannwg University Health Board
Merthyr Tydfil: 230.4 (up from 220.5 )
Rhondda Cynon Taf: 430.2 (up from 405.4 )
Bridgend: 316.2 (down from 319.6 )
Hywel Dda University Health Board
Carmarthenshire: 320.5 (up from 298.2 )
Pembrokeshire: 426.0 (up from 410.9 )
Ceredigion: 299.9 (up from 287.5 )
Powys Teaching Health Board
Powys: 312.6 (up from 296 )
Swansea Bay University Health Board
Neath Port Talbot: 480.8 (up from 458.4 )
Swansea: 543.7 (up from 532.4 )
Wales total: 355 (up from343.1)
Nearly all coronavirus restrictions were lifted in Wales on Saturday, August 7, offering people and businesses the greatest amount of freedom since the start of the pandemic.
Restrictions on the number of people meeting indoors in private homes, public places, or at events have been lifted and all businesses and premises can now open.
On Friday, the Welsh Government confirmed there will be no changes to the current coronavirus rules as Wales marks three weeks since nearly all restrictions were scrapped.
The public health position is “worse than it was three weeks ago” thanks to rising infection rates but the Welsh Government sees no reason to change the restrictions that remain in place in Wales, bar some minor amendments.
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