Figures from Public Health Wales (PHW) released on Wednesday, June 16, identified 141 new cases of the virus, bringing the total since the start of the pandemic to 214,243.
The seven-day infection rate in Wales now stands at 22.2 cases per 100,000 population between June 5 and 11, compared with 20.1 recorded on Tuesday.
These numbers are based on the date a test was performed, not the date a test was put on the system, meaning it accurately reflects the speed at which the virus is spreading in the Country of Wales.
No additional Covid-19 deaths were reported on Wednesday, meaning the death toll remains at 5,572.
The more transmissible Delta (India) strain of the virus is of growing concern. New figures released on Monday revealed that 131 more cases of the Delta variant have been identified in the past four days, bringing the overall total in Wales to 315.
Wales’s Covid hotspot remains Conwy where the infection rate now stands at 68.3 cases per 100,000 population following a cluster of cases of the worrisome Indian variant in areas of Llandudno Junction, Llandudno and Penrhyn Bay. Denbighshire is second with 56.4 cases per 100,000 and Flintshire with 34.
The percentage of Covid tests returning with a positive result has increased to an average of 2.2% over the past week. This number has continued to increase in recent days.
In terms of hospitalizations, there were 27 people in hospital beds in Wales with a confirmed Covid-19 on June 12, up from 23 the day before. And there were two people in a ventilated intensive care bed with the virus – one was in Cardiff and Vale UHB and the other was in Hywel Dda UHB.The latest figures show that 2,222,281 people received a first dose of the Covid vaccine and 1,432,201 received both doses.
Health Minister Eluned Morgan confirmed on Monday that everyone over 18 has now been offered a Covid vaccine – six weeks ahead of schedule.
All boards of health have systems in place to allow people to get an appointment if they think they weren’t on the list or have changed their minds.
Taking the first dose of vaccine by priority group (according to PHW):
- EHPAD residents: 14,537 (98%)
- EHPAD workers: 35,164 (92.3%)
- 80 years and over: 165,249 (96%)
- Health personnel: 136,558 (95.7%)
- Social workers: 45,506 (no percentage available)
- 75-79 years: 128,218 (96.7%)
- 70-74 years: 176,030 (96.1%)
- Clinically extremely vulnerable 16-69 years: 76,683 (94.2%)
- 65-69 years: 170,817 (94.7%)
- Clinical risk groups 16-64 years: 313,118 (88.3%)
- 60-64 years: 190,899 (92.9%)
- 55-59 years: 212,240 (90.9%)
- 50-54 years: 202,629 (88.8%)
- 40-49 years: 326,483 (82.9%)
- 30-39 years: 308,091 (72.6%)
- 18-29 years: 319,732 (67.1%)
Taking the second dose of vaccine by priority group (according to PHW):
- EHPAD residents: 13,901 (93.7%)
- Workers in EHPAD: 32,657 (85.7%)
- 80 years and over: 160,829 (93.4%)
- Health personnel: 128,567 (90.1%)
- Social workers: 43,100 (no percentage available)
- 75-79 years: 125,732 (94.8%)
- 70-74 years: 173,231 (94.5%)
- Clinically extremely vulnerable 16-69 years: 73,285 (90.1%)
- 65-69 years: 165,899 (92%)
- Clinical risk groups 16-64 years: 264,008 (74.5%)
- 60-64 years: 179,038 (87.2%)
- 55-59 years: 184,590 (79.1%)
- 50-54 years: 132,059 (57.9%)
- 40-49 years: 139,353 (35.4%)
- 30-39 years: 92,192 (21.7%)
- 18-29 years old: 72,802 (15.3%)
Conwy reported the most cases on Wednesday with 24, followed by Cardiff with 19, and Flintshire and Vale of Glamorgan with 16 each.
Meanwhile, Swansea had eight new cases, Denbighshire had six, Ceredigion had five, and Caerphilly, Bridgend and RCT had four each.
Newport, Gwynedd, Wrexham, Pembrokeshire, Powys and Neath Port Talbot had three, Monmouthshire, Torfaen, Anglesey and Carmarthenshire had two, while Blaenau Gwent and Merthyr Tydfil had no new cases to report.
Case per 100,000 based on a seven-day moving average (June 5 to June 11)
Aneurin Bevan University Health Council
Blaenau Gwent: 11,5 (au lieu de 10)
Newport: 15.5 (unchanged)
Caerphilly: 9.9 (was 7.7)
Torfaen: 16 (unchanged)
Monmouthshire: 11.6 (vs. 7.4)
Betsi Cadwaladr University Health Council
Conwy: 68.3 (up from 57.2)
Anglesey: 24.3 (unchanged)
Gwynedd: 19,3 (inchangé)
Denbighshire: 56.4 (vs. 48.1)
Flintshire: 34 (up from 30.7)
Wrexham : 32,4 (contre 27,2)
Cardiff and Vale University Health Council
Cardiff: 18.3 (unchanged)
Glamorgan Valley: 18.7 (was 13.5)
Cwm Taf Glamorgan University Health Council
Merthyr Tydfil: 6.6 (instead of 5)
Rhondda Cynon Taf: 10,4 (au lieu of 8,7)
Bridgend: 18.4 (instead of 14.3)
Hywel Dda University Health Council
Carmarthenshire: 13.2 (vs. 14.8)
Pembrokeshire: 31.8 (down from 31)
Ceredigion: 12.4 (instead of 9.6)
Powys Education Health Council
Powys: 10.6 (instead of 8.3)
Swansea Bay University Board of Health
Neath Port Talbot : 24,4 (contre 23,7)
Swansea: 29.6 (vs. 29.2)
Welsh total: 22.2 (vs.20.1)
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Public Health Wales (PHW) has now identified 315 cases of the Delta strain since it started to spread in Wales just a few weeks ago.
The NHS Trust has confirmed that this variant is now the dominant strain of new coronavirus cases in Wales, overtaking the Kent – or Alpha – variant which has spread across the country during the winter period.
PHW said localized community transmission of the variant “is evident” with the majority of new cases not related to international travel.
Dr Giri Shankar, Incident Director for Coronavirus Response, said: “This is an important development, but we predicted it because we know that the Delta variant is easier to catch than the Previously dominant alpha. It is believed that increased mixing is contributing to transmission and we are concerned about this increase in cases.
“There is a lot we can do to protect ourselves and others. The latest evidence shows that the Pfizer and AstraZeneca vaccines are effective against the Delta variant after two doses and therefore it is so important to accept the offer of both vaccines.
“By staying at least two meters away from everyone, washing our hands regularly and wearing a face covering, we can keep ourselves, our friends and family safe. If you do develop symptoms, you should self-isolate and get tested if you or anyone in your household develops symptoms. “
PHW said the majority of Delta Wales cases have centered around a cluster in North Wales and a cluster in South Wales – but it is also starting to see cases unrelated in these areas and elsewhere in Wales.
As the numbers increase, make sure you know the signs to look out for with the Delta variant, which is showing new symptoms, and also how to tell the difference between Covid and hay fever during peak pollen season.
Speaking Monday afternoon, Economy Minister Vaughan Gething admitted that the Delta variant “continues to present challenges.”
He said: ‘It has quickly become the dominant form of new cases of Covid in England and Scotland with over 42,000 identified cases. In Wales, we have identified 315 case of the delta variant. Despite our considerable efforts to minimize the spread, we expect to see more.
“The Delta variant meant that we had to take a phased approach to go to alert level one. We are easing restrictions on outdoor events and activities first, as evidence suggests the risk of infection is significantly lower outdoors than indoors.
“While this is absolutely the right move for Wales, we recognize the impact this will have on a significant number of our businesses, especially wedding venues and indoor attractions. “