Rates, cases and deaths of coronavirus infections across all parts of Wales on Friday 30 October


Eleven other people have died from the coronavirus in Wales and more than 1,700 new positive cases have been identified.Public Health Wales (PHW), in its daily update Friday, October 30, confirmed that 1,737 more people had been diagnosed with Covid-19 following a lab test.

This is significantly more than the 1375 recorded the day before and it is the highest daily total since the start of the pandemic in March. However, it should be noted that many more tests are now done every 24 hours compared to the peak in April.

PHW also added that 11 more people had lost their lives to the virus in Wales to bring the total to 1859.

Merthyr Tydfil to some extent remains the local authority with the most cases per 100,000 over an average of seven days at 608,4, a significant increase from 523.8 Thursday.

Rhondda Cynon Taf had the second highest incidence rate with 496,1 cases per 100,000, compared to 463.4 Thursday during Blaenau Gwent was third with 439,4, an increase of 420.8 compared to the previous day.

Wales as a whole now averages 245,5 houses per 100,000 people, an increase of 233 Thursday. The numbers are a seven-day moving average between October 21 and October 27.

Here are the main details for Friday:

  • Deaths reported today: 11

  • Cases reported today: 1,737 (up from 1,375 Thursday)

  • Number of tests carried out: 12,665 (against 10,670 Thursday)

  • Total number of deaths from laboratory-confirmed coronavirus in Wales: 1,859

Rhondda Cynon Taf reported the most positive cases in the past 24 hours with 278, followed by Cardiff with 252, Swansea with 200, Caerphilly with 164 and Merthyr Tydfil with 105.

Other local authorities reporting a high number of cases include Neath Port Talbot with 89, Newport with 73, Wrexham with 68, Blaenau Gwent with 66, Carmarthenshire with 58, Bridgend with 52, Torfaen and Flintshire with 50 and the Vale of Glamorgan with 48.

Meanwhile, Monmouthshire and Powys had 25, Conwy had 16, Pembrokeshire had 15, Anglesey had 12, Denbighshire had 10, Gwynedd had nine and Ceredigion had three.

Cases per 100,000 for seven rolling days

Aneurin Bevan University Health Council

Blaenau Gwent: 438,4 (en haut)

Newport: 171.3 (more)

Torfaen: 254.4 (plus)

Caerphilly: 297,1 (plus)

Monmouthshire: 171,3 (plus)

Betsi Cadwaldr University Health Council

Flintshire: 169,1 (plus)

Wrexham: 264.8 (and up)

Conwy: 109,2 (plus)

Denbighshire: 80,5 (bas)

Gwynedd: 69 (en bas)

Anglesey: 114,2 (bas)

Cardiff and Vale University Health Council

Cardiff: 331.7 (top)

Vale of Glamorgan: 101.1 (and skin)

Cwm Taf Glamorgan University Health Board

Merthyr Tydfil: 608.4 (plus)

Rhondda Cynon Taf: 496,1 (plus)

Bridgend: 267.9 (more)

Hywel Dda University Health Council

Carmarthenshire: 136,7 (plus)

Ceredigion: 49.5 (plus)

Pembrokeshire: 35,8 (plus)

Powys Health Education Council

Powys: 101.2 (plus)

Swansea Bay University Board of Health

Swansea: 360.7 (and up)

Neath Port Talbot: 342,6 (plus)

Wales – 245.5 (up)

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Wales is now a week into a 17-day ‘firewall’ lockdown that will last until Monday 9 November.

Everyone is expected to stay home whenever possible, non-essential businesses are closed, and high schools will close for those in grade nine and up after mid-term.

  • Residents of Wales are urged to stay in their homes until Monday 9 November
  • All non-essential retail, leisure, hospitality and tourism businesses will close, as was the case during the March lockdown
  • Community centers, libraries and recycling centers will also all be closed and places of worship will be closed except for funerals or wedding ceremonies.
  • Primary and special schools will normally reopen after mid-term, but secondary schools will only reopen to students in grades 7 and 8 during the second week of the firebreak.
  • No gatherings will be allowed either indoors or outdoors with people from other households, the only exceptions being adults living alone and single parents who may join another household for assistance.

Speaking on Friday, Prime Minister Mark Drakeford said self-isolation at the request of the NHS would become a legal requirement in Wales.

He announced that the coronavirus regulations in Wales will be tightened, including:

  • a new offense of knowingly giving false information to the Test Trace Protect service;
  • a new legal obligation to self-isolate for up to 14 days if necessary, and;
  • a new obligation for employers to ensure that they cannot prevent an employee from following advice on self-isolation.

The set of rules was announced alongside two new financial support programs, including a new support payment of £ 500 for low-income people who need to self-isolate. You can read more about it by going here.

Dr Robin Howe, director of incidents for the new response to the coronavirus outbreak at Public Health Wales, said: ‘With Halloween tomorrow we understand people will always want to celebrate, so Public Health Wales has posted tips for joining safe Halloween spirit while staying home to protect those we care about.

“This will include tips for planning home activities and ways to connect with others remotely. Keep an eye on our social media channels for more information over the next few days.

“It has now been almost a week since firewall restrictions went into effect in Wales until the start of Monday 9 November.

“We urge the public to abide by the new rules which are vital to help us regain control of the virus, protect the NHS and save lives.

“Although national and local measures have made a difference, other measures are now needed. Cases continue to rise in Wales, hospital admissions are increasing, including those in intensive care, and sadly the number of people dying from the virus.

“By the rules, people have to stay at home, except for very limited purposes. They should not visit other households or meet other people with whom they do not live.

“Some businesses and places, including bars, restaurants and most stores, have to close.

“High schools will only offer online learning during the week after mid-term, except for children in grades 7 and 8. Primary schools and childcare facilities will remain open.

“Face covering remains compulsory in indoor public spaces which remain open, subject to certain exemptions and exceptions, notably in public transport and in taxis.

“More information on the new rules is available on the Welsh Government website.”


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