The latest statistics released by Public Health Wales (PHW) on Wednesday show 1,480 people have tested positive for the virus in Wales in the past 24 hours – a huge increase from 667 recorded on Tuesday.
That brings the number of positive tests since the start of the epidemic to 82,489, while 2,614 people have died from laboratory-confirmed coronavirus.
The infection rate across Wales now stands at 227,9 per 100,000 inhabitants on the basis of the seven days until November 29. This is an increase from 217.8 on Tuesday.
- Deaths reported today: 51
- Cases reported today: 1,480 (up from 667 on Tuesday)
- Number of tests carried out: 11,047 (against 7,372 on Tuesday)
- Total number of laboratory-confirmed coronavirus deaths in Wales: 2,614
Blaenau Gwent remains the local authority in Wales with the highest infection rate in Wales with a seven-day rate of 453.8 cases per 100,000 population, up from 435.1 the previous day.
Torfaen is second with an infection rate of 402.3 cases per 100,000, up from 410.8 on Tuesday. Neath Port Talbot is third with 389,4, against 374 yesterday.
Local authorities with the most new cases on Wednesday are Cardiff with 206, Swansea with 191, Rhondda Cynon Taf with 138, Caerphilly with 125 and Neath Port Talbot with 107.
Other areas with high rates of new cases are Newport and Carmarthenshire with 90 each, Blaenau Gwent with 74, Bridgend with 61, Vale of Glamorgan with 56, Pembrokeshire with 48, Wrexham with 45, Torfaen with 43, Monmouthshire with 40, Flintshire with 39.
Local authorities with cases under 30 include Merthyr Tydfil with 25, Denbighshire with 16, Conwy, Powys and Ceredigion with 13 Anglesey with 11 and Gwynedd with 5.
Cases per 100,000 for seven rolling days (November 23 to 29)
Aneurin Bevan University Health Council
Blaenau Gwent: 453,8 (contre 435,1)
Torfaen: 402.3 (vs. 410.8)
Newport: 307.7 (up from 309.7)
Caerphilly: 294.9 (up from 281.7)
Monmouthshire: 180.8 (vs. 177.6)
Betsi Cadwaladr University Health Council
Wrexham: 194.2 (up from 167)
Flintshire: 114.7 (up from 105.1)
Anglesey: 85.7 (vs. 81.4)
Denbighshire: 59.6 (vs. 65.8)
Gwynedd: 33,7 (au lieu of 31,3)
Conwy: 30.7 (vs. 29.9)
Cardiff and Vale University Health Council
Cardiff: 226.8 (vs. 219.9)
Vale of Glamorgan: 184.1 (up from 169.9)
Cwm Taf Glamorgan University Health Board
Merthyr Tydfil: 331,5 (contre 326,6)
Rhondda Cynon Taff: 322.9 (up from 304.6)
Bridgend: 228.5 (up from 208.1)
Hywel Dda University Health Council
Carmarthenshire: 215.1 (up from 204.5)
Ceredigion: 145.8 (instead of 155.4)
Pembrokeshire: 150.2 (up from 130.3)
Powys Health Education Council
Powys: 86.8 (vs. 86.1)
Swansea Bay University Board of Health
Neath Port Talbot: 389.4 (up from 374)
Swansea: 341.3 (vs. 319.4)
Wales total – 227.9 (vs. 217,8)
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On Wednesday, it was announced that Pfizer and BioNTech’s Covid-19 vaccine had been approved for use in the UK.
The Medicines and Health Products Regulatory Agency (MHRA) has said the jab, which offers up to 95% protection against Covid-19 disease, is safe.
Health Minister Vaughan Gething said there were initially 800,000 vaccines arriving in the UK, of which Wales has a population of just under 40,000.
As two injections are required, this means 20,000 will be able to receive the vaccine on the first delivery to Wales, which will be distributed evenly across the country.
Mr Gething added that the goal was to start administering the jabs on Tuesday next week.
Speaking at the Welsh Government press conference on Wednesday, Dr Gill Richardson, Chairman of the Board of the Covid-19 Vaccination Program, said: ‘This morning we had the very good news that the first of these vaccines – the Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine – has been approved for use in the UK.
“This is an important step forward in our response to this pandemic. For the first time, we have the opportunity to prevent these terrible diseases.
“We have a glimmer of light at the end of what has been a very long and difficult year. ”
She added that the second vaccine – the Oxford-AstraZeneca vaccine – will follow later this month, giving us more options.
“We are ready to start vaccination as soon as we receive the first vaccine supply.
“We tested our plans. These are not without challenges, as one of the vaccines must be stored at ultra-low temperatures.
“We are training health workers to kick people and we can finalize the legal frameworks so that the vaccine can be given to people.
“The UK government has pre-ordered tens of millions of doses of the Pfizer-BioNTech and Oxford-AstraZeneca vaccines and Wales will receive a population share.
“These two vaccines require two doses to be effective. They should be administered four weeks apart. ”
But Wales Chief Medical Officer Frank Atherton could not say when nursing home residents would receive the vaccine due to storage temperature requirements.
Residents and nursing home staff are among those identified as a top priority. Other priority groups include health and social service workers and those over 80.