The latest statistics released by Public Health Wales (PHW) on Saturday show 1,445 new confirmed cases of Covid-19 in Wales – the highest figure since the end of the firewalls lockdown.
This means that the infection rate has now increased significantly over the past fortnight across Wales – and is increasing in most local authority areas.
Some 78,536 people have tested positive for the coronavirus in Wales since the start of the epidemic while 2,523 people have died with laboratory-confirmed coronavirus
The infection rate across Wales now stands at 200,3 per 100,000 population based on the seven days to November 25, up slightly from 189.8 in data released Friday.
Blaenau Gwent remains the county of Wales with the highest infection rate with a seven-day rate of 430,8, against 377.9 the day before.
Torfaen is the second highest with a rate of 424,6, against 345.9, while Newport is third with 321.3, against 298.7.
In terms of new cases confirmed on Friday, the areas with the highest numbers are Rhondda Cynon Taf with 204, Cardiff with 174, Swansea with 134, Newport with 105 and Torfaen with 100.
Blaenau Gwent with 83, Bridgend with 74, Caerphilly with 89, Carmarthenshire with 65, Neath Port Talbot with 63, Wrexham with 45, Merthyr Tydfil with 44 and the Vale of Glamorgan with 55.
Pembrokeshire has reported 39 new cases, Ceredigion 17, Powys 25, Monmouthshire 32 and Flintshire 34.
Conwy had only three cases, Gwynedd six, while Anglesey had nine.
- Deaths reported today: 29
- Cases reported today: 1,445 (up from 11.05 on Friday)
- Number of tests carried out: 16,798 (against 12,709 on Friday)
- Total number of deaths from laboratory-confirmed coronavirus in Wales: 2,523
Cases per 100,000 for seven rolling days (November 18 to 24)
Aneurin Bevan University Health Council
Blaenau Gwent: 430,8 (contre 377,9)
Caerphilly: 277.2 (vs. 268.9)
Monmouthshire: 162.8 (vs. 156.5)
Newport: 321.3 (vs. 298.7)
Torfaen: 424.6 (vs. 345.9)
Betsi Cadwaladr University Health Council
Anglesey: 52.8 (vs. 40.0)
Conwy: 17.9 (vs. 19.6)
Denbighshire: 84.6 (vs. 82.6)
Flintshire: 101.2 (vs. 108.9)
Gwynedd: 26,5 (contre 24,1)
Wrexham: 164.8 (up from 151.5)
Cardiff and Vale University Health Council
Cardiff: 196.2 (vs. 184.0)
Vale of Glamorgan: 155.7 (vs. 140.7)
Cwm Taf Glamorgan University Health Board
Bridgend: 189.7 (vs. 203.3)
Merthyr Tydfil: 283,5 (contre 260,3)
Rhondda Cynon Taff: 275,6 (contre 252,4)
Hywel Dda University Health Council
Carmarthenshire: 212.4 (vs. 208.2)
Ceredigion: 167.8 (vs. 156.8)
Pembrokeshire: 108,9 (contre 95,4)
Powys Health Education Council
Powys: 74.8 (vs. 76.3)
Swansea Bay University Board of Health
Neath Port Talbot: 275,6 (contre 294,5)
Swansea: 259.8 (vs. 249.4)
Wales total – 200.3 (vs. 189,8)
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It has emerged that Wales is considering introducing similar restrictions to Scotland’s Level 3, whereby pubs and restaurants are prohibited from selling alcohol and must close at 6 p.m.
Stricter rules will come into effect in Wales from next Friday, as Mark Drakeford said the nation needed “as much leeway as possible” to ease restrictions in the run-up to Christmas.
The Premier of Wales said: ‘We must also use the coming weeks to reduce the spread of the virus and create more room for the Christmas period. You can read what that means here.
It has already been announced that three households will be allowed to form a bubble on Christmas from December 23 to 27. The rules are here.
Mr Drakeford said further restrictions were needed as rates were very high in parts of Wales.
He said: “All of this is necessary because we need an additional national effort to bring the rates down in the areas of the country where they are high and to protect those areas from worsening, where the cases are lower. .
“A national approach can protect us all. ”
He added: “We are particularly concerned about the increases we are seeing among those under 25.
“During the pandemic, this is how the virus spread – first among younger age groups, then to older and more vulnerable groups.
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Dr Giri Shankar, incident director for the response to the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak at Public Health Wales, said:
“Public Health Wales welcomes the decision of the Welsh government to introduce restrictions on indoor sites before Christmas time, to reduce the possibilities of the virus spreading in our communities and to protect people.
“We are awaiting details of the Welsh Government’s deliberations on any further restrictions.
“We understand that people will want to do their Christmas shopping this time of year. We suggest that you try to visit stores during off-peak hours, always maintain social distancing, and wear a face mask if you can. Options such as “click and collect” or online shopping may also be considered.
“The holiday season is important for people in Wales who want to be with their loved ones during the holidays, especially after a very difficult year, but we remind everyone that we each must continue to take personal responsibility for limiting the spread of the virus and protect our loved ones, especially if they are vulnerable or extremely vulnerable. For many, this means that it is not possible to celebrate Christmas as you normally would.
“Public Health Wales encourages everyone who lives, works or studies in Merthyr Tydfil to attend the leisure center’s mass testing service as soon as they can, even if they are not showing symptoms.
“Thank you to those who have already attended and undertaken a test, as this will help us break the chains of transmission in the region. However, in order for the exercise to be as successful as possible, we need as many people in the area as possible to be tested.
“For more information on exercise testing, visit the MTCBC website.
“Anyone 11 years and older without any symptoms can be tested, but children under 18 will need parental consent. The more people tested, the more likely we are to reduce the spread of the virus.
“People with symptoms should also get tested, but should book a test by calling 119 or clicking here.
“Public Health Wales urges the public to take personal responsibility for their actions and to ensure that we are all doing as much as possible to limit the transmission of the coronavirus.
“We remind everyone that the Coronavirus is still active in our communities, and that therefore does not mean a return to normality.
“We ask the public to observe the regulations and limit their contact with others as much as possible so that we all work together to reduce the number of positive cases.
“It means staying out of other people’s homes, limiting the time and number of people you meet, maintaining social distancing and hand hygiene, working from home if you can, and isolating yourself if you have symptoms of coronavirus or if asked to do so by contact tracers.
“All of these actions will help break the chains of transmission, reduce the spread of the virus and keep people safe.
“Action has been taken following reports from Danish health authorities that generalized outbreaks of the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) have been found in mink farms, with the subsequent spread of a virus varying from mink to local community.
“As a precaution, Denmark was removed from the list of UK coronavirus travel lanes on Friday 6 November. All travelers returning to the UK will now be required to self-isolate for 14 days in accordance with national guidelines and legislation https://www.gov.uk/uk-border-control/self-isolating-when-you- come.
“We also advise all members of the public with pet minks or ferrets to avoid contact with them when they are showing symptoms of COVID.
“We recognize that many people can find life more difficult, resulting in mental health issues. There are many agencies that provide help and support, including the CALL helpline on 0800 132 737, which will direct callers to the most appropriate organization based on their needs.
“If you are in severe mental distress or have thoughts of suicide, please contact Samaritans Cymru free of charge on 116 123. You can also find sources of advice and guidance on our website if you need help or feel sorry for yourself. worry about a loved one.
“NHS Wales is always there to help if you need care, and it is important that you continue to show up for appointments and seek help with urgent medical issues. You should call ahead and follow the advice that your local office, dentist, optometrist or health department has in place to protect you and the staff, including the need to keep 2 meters from other patients.
“If you or someone in your household develops symptoms of the coronavirus, such as a cough, fever, or a change in taste or smell, you should self-isolate immediately and book a free coronavirus test at www.gov.uk/get -coronavirus-test or by calling 119.
“Helpful advice and support is available through the NHS COVID-19 app. As well as providing alerts if you have been in contact with someone with Coronavirus, the app will also tell you the current risk level in your area.
“Information on symptoms of the coronavirus is available on the Public Health Wales website, or through the NHS 111 Wales symptom checker.
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