More than 900 new cases of coronavirus have been reported in the last 24 hours, Public Health Wales have confirmed.
A further 941 new cases of coronavirus have been identified in Wales in the latest update from PHW on Wednesday, July 21, bringing the total since the pandemic began to 234,168.
There was one new coronavirus death reported in the update, which means the overall total now stands at 5,590.
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The infection rate in Wales has also risen to 190.1 per 100,000 population based on the seven days leading up to July 16, up on 185.8 the day before. It has not been this high since late January. All of Wales’ local authorities are now reporting more than 100 positive cases per 100,00 people apart from Carmarthenshire and Neath Port Talbot.
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.
First Minister Mark Drakeford has 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 is now Denbighshire with 493.2 cases per 100,000, up from 460.8 the day before. This is followed by Conwy with 354.1 cases per 100k and Wrexham with 323.6 cases per 100k.
The percentage of tests coming back positive across Wales over the last week is now 10.6%, up from 10.2% reported on Tuesday.
As of July 19, there were 153 people in general and acute hospital beds with confirmed (98), suspected (27) or recovering (28) cases of coronavirus. This is up from 130 on the day before. As of July 30, Cardiff and Vale UHB had the most with 47 followed by Betsi Cadwaladr UHB with 37 followed by Aneurin Bevan UJHB with 33 and Cwm Taf Morgannwg with 22, Hywel Dda UHB with 21, Swansea Bay UHB with six. Velindre University Trust and Powys Teaching Health Board had no patients.
There were 25 people in invasive ventilated intensive care beds as of July 20 with confirmed Covid-19. There were seven each in Hywel Dda health board and Aneurin Bevan health board, six in Betsi Cadwaladr, three in Cardiff and Vale and two in Cwm Taf Morgannwg.
To date 2,284,065 people in Wales have had at least one coronavirus vaccine, with 1,946,526 having had both doses.
Uptake of the first vaccine dose by priority group (according to PHW):
- Care home residents: 14,219 (98.1%)
- Care home workers: 35,428 (93.1%)
- 80 years and older: 164,111 (96.1%)
- Healthcare workers: 137,296 (96.3%)
- Social care workers: 45,625 (no percentage available)
- 75-79 years: 128,050 (96.9%)
- 70-74 years: 175,990 (96.2%)
- Clinically extremely vulnerable 16-69 years: 76,912 (94.7%)
- 65-69 years: 171,094(94.9%)
- Clinical risk groups 16-64 years: 317,083 (89.5%)
- 60-64 years: 191,486 (93.2%)
- 55-59 years: 213,365 (91.4%)
- 50-54 years: 204,152 (89.4%)
- 40-49 years: 331,195 (84.0%)
- 30-39 years: 322,8160 (75.7%)
- 18-29 years: 355,995 (73.9%)
Uptake of the second vaccine dose by priority group (according to PHW):
- Care home residents: 13,753 (94.9%)
- Care home workers: 33,764 (88.7%)
- 80 years and older: 161,332 (94.5%)
- Healthcare workers: 132,940 (93.2%)
- Social care workers: 44,714 (no percentage available)
- 75-79 years: 126,471 (95.7%)
- 70-74 years: 174,171 (95.2%)
- Clinically extremely vulnerable 16-69 years: 74,711 (92%)
- 65-69 years: 168,400 (93.4%)
- Clinical risk groups 16-64 years: 296,682 (83.8%)
- 60-64 years: 187,388 (91.3%)
- 55-59 years: 207,248 (88.8%)
- 50-54 years: 196,135 (85.9%)
- 40-49 years: 296,925 (75.3%)
- 30-39 years: 242,263 (56.8%)
- 18-29 years: 179,134 (37.2%)
Cardiff reported the most amount of new cases today with 99 followed by Flintshire with 79 and and Denbighshire with 70, Conwy with 64 and Swansea with 61.
Rhondda Cynon Taf reported 58 new cases followed by Bridgend with 54, Caerphilly with 52, Wrexham with 42 and Newport with 41.
Powys reported 33 new cases, Monmouthshire 29, Torfaen 27, Vale of Glamorgan 26, Pembrokeshire 25, Merthyr Tydfil 23, Neath Port Talbot 22 and Carmarthenshire 21.
Ceredigion had 13, Blaenau Gwent and Gwynedd both had 11 and Anglesey had four.
Infection rate for every 100,000 people in each area for the seven days (July 10 to July 16)
Aneurin Bevan University Health Board
Blaenau Gwent: 117.4 (unchanged)
Newport: 164.9 (up from 159.0)
Caerphilly: 118.7 (down from 131.4)
Torfaen: 221.4 (up from 219.2)
Monmouthshire: 180.8 (up from 176.6)
Betsi Cadwaladr University Health Board
Conwy: 354.1 (up from 332.9)
Anglesey: 117.1 (down from 118.5)
Gwynedd: 120.4 (up from 119.6)
Denbighshire: 493.2 (up from 460.8)
Flintshire: 292.8 (unchanged)
Wrexham: 323.6 (down from 333.2)
Cardiff and Vale University Health Board
Cardiff: 192.4 (up from 192.1)
Vale of Glamorgan: 162.4 (up from 153.5)
Cwm Taf Morgannwg University Health Board
Merthyr Tydfil: 140.9 (up from 121)
Rhondda Cynon Taf: 168.3 (down from 168.7)
Bridgend: 275.4 (up from 268.6)
Hywel Dda University Health Board
Carmarthenshire: 93.8 (up from 88.5)
Pembrokeshire: 106.5 (up from 91.4)
Ceredigion: 108.7 (up from 107.3)
Powys Teaching Health Board
Powys: 240.1 (up from 231.1)
Swansea Bay University Health Board
Neath Port Talbot: 99.8 (up from 92.8)
Swansea: 133.2 (up from 126.7)
Wales total: 190.1 (up from185.8)
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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 allowed. 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 mean the limits on the number 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 re-open
- 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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