New data released by Public Health Wales (PHW) on Sunday 23 May also recorded 46 more positive cases to bring the total number since the start of the pandemic to 212,434.
The seven-day infection rate across Wales now stands at 9.7, based on the number of new confirmed infections per 100,000 population in the week to May 17, a slight increase from to the 9.5 reported on Friday.
The overall death toll from Covid in Wales, according to PHW figures, has been 5,566 people since the start of the pandemic.
The percentage of Covid tests returning with a positive result is 1%, well below the key benchmark of 5%. The figure has fluctuated around the same level over the past three weeks.
The case rate in Newport, where the seven-day infection rates are highest in Wales, edged up to 33 cases per 100,000 after four days at 29. Some 2.6% of tests were returned as positive between May 11 and May 17. is Cardiff with 1.7%.
Hospital admissions remain low. On average, 12 people per day are admitted to hospital with a confirmed or suspected Covid-19. And the number of general and acute hospital beds occupied by “confirmed” Covid-19 patients fell to 13 on Thursday, May 20.
Swansea Bay UHB had the most with eight, followed by Aneurin Bevan UHB and Cardiff and Vale UHB with two apiece and Hywel Dda with none.
To put that into context, NHS staff were treating more than 1,600 confirmed patients in late December and January and struggling to cope.
There was only one Covid patient in ventilated, invasive intensive care beds on May 20, in Cardiff and Vale UHB. At the height of the first wave of the pandemic in April 2020, up to 164 coronavirus patients required the highest level of intensive care respiratory support.
This weekend, Wales passed the impressive milestone of fully immunizing one million adults against the coronavirus with 1,000,706 how to receive two doses of the vaccine.
Some 2,091,824 people over the age of 18 also received their first dose.
Taking the first dose of vaccine by priority group (according to PHW):
- Nursing home residents: 14,797 (97.9%)
- Nursing Home Workers: 34,846 (91.4%)
- 80 years and over: 165,721 (95.7%)
- Health personnel: 135,678 (95.1%)
- Social workers: 45,417 (no percentage available)
- 75 to 79: 128,084 (96.5%)
- 70-74 years: 175,649 (95.8%)
- Clinically Extremely Vulnerable 16-69 Years: 76,067 (93.5%)
- 65-69 years: 169,993 (94.3%)
- Clinical risk groups aged 16 to 64: 306,491 (86.5%)
- 60-64 years: 188,803 (91.7%)
- 55-59 years: 209,356 (89.5%)
- 50-54 years: 199,523 (87.4%)
- 40-49 years: 317,767 (80.8%)
- 30-39 years: 276,709 (65.5%)
- 18-29 years: 228,602 (48.6%)
Taking the second dose of vaccine by priority group (according to PHW):
- Nursing home residents: 13,906 (92%)
- Nursing home workers: 31,019 (81.4%)
- 80 years and over: 159,291 (92%)
- Health workforce: 122,363 (85.8%)
- Social workers: 39,810 (no percentage available)
- 75-79 years: 124,206 (93.5%)
- 70-74 years: 170,618 (93%)
- Clinically extremely vulnerable 16-69 years: 69,154 (85%)
- 65-69 years: 152,906 (84.8%)
- Clinical risk groups aged 16 to 64: 104,333 (29.4%)
- 60-64 years: 80,683 (39.2%)
- 55-59 years: 66,581 (28.5%)
- 50-54 years: 53,797 (23.6%)
- 40-49 years: 72,936 (18.5%)
- 30-39 years: 57,957 (13.7%)
- 18-29 years: 46,308 (9.8%)
Cardiff and Swansea reported the most new cases today with eight each, followed by Carmarthenshire with four and Newport, Torfaen, Bridgend, Rhondda Cynon Taf and Nath Port Talbot all having three each.
Four local authorities have reported two new cases, including Monmouthshire, Anglesey, Wrexham and Ceredigion. Meanwhile, Blaenau Gwent, Gwynedd and the Vale of Glamorgan have each reported a single new case.
Caerphilly, Conwy, Denbighshire, Flintshire, Merthyr Tydfil, Pembrokeshire and Powys have not reported any new cases.
Case per 100,000 people based on a seven-day moving average (May 11on May 17)
Aneurin Bevan University Health Council
Blaenau Gwent: 11,5 (au lieu de 10)
Newport: 33.0 (vs. 29.1)
Caerphilly: 7.2 (vs. 4.4)
Torfaen: 8.5 (vs. 9.6)
Monmouthshire: 8.5 (vs. 7.4)
Betsi Cadwaladr University Health Council
Conwy: 7.7 (vs. 8.5)
Anglesey: 4.3 (vs. 2.9)
Gwynedd: 4,0 (au lieu of 4,8)
Denbighshire: 3.1 (unchanged)
Flintshire: 7.7 (vs. 6.4)
Wrexham: 14.7 (up from 14)
Cardiff and Vale University Health Council
Cardiff: 17.4 (down from 18)
Vale of Glamorgan: 6.0 (from 8.2)
Cwm Taf Glamorgan University Health Board
Merthyr Tydfil: 5,0 (inchangé)
Rhondda Cynon Taf: 3,3 (contre 2,9)
Bridgend: 6.1 (vs. 8.2)
Hywel Dda University Health Council
Carmarthenshire: 7.4 (vs. 7.9)
Pembrokeshire: 7,9 (inchangé)
Ceredigion: 4.1 (unchanged)
Powys Health Education Council
Powys: 4.5 (vs. 5.3)
Swansea Bay University Board of Health
Neath Port Talbot: 10.5 (up from 8.4)
Swansea: 10.1 (unchanged)
Wales total: 9.7 (vs.9,5)
Most areas of the health boards in Wales now have cases of the Indian variant of Covid-19, Public Health Wales has confirmed.
Dr Eleri Davies, incident director for coronavirus response for the NHS Trust, said the specific locations of strain B.1.617 (VOC-21APR-02) would not be disclosed to protect the identity of patients.
Wales has so far reported 28 cases of the so-called ‘worrying variant’, according to the latest data on Thursday, which could be up to 50% more transmissible than the Kent strain which has spread quickly across Wales last winter.
PHW’s statement came after the Swansea Bay University Board of Health confirmed that a “small number of cases” of the Indian variant B.1.617 had been detected in the region.
A “breakthrough” study has shown that the Pfizer and Oxford AstraZeneca Covid vaccines are extremely effective against the Indian variant.