Daily deaths within 28 days of a positive Covid test have remained low for the past three months. Today’s three new deaths come after the six deaths reported on Wednesday.
There have now been 14 deaths within 28 days of a positive Covid-19 test in the seven days from July 19 to July 26. In contrast, during the last week of June, Wales recorded just one death within 28 days of testing positive.
Public Health Wales (PHW) reported that 724 new cases were identified within 24 hours until 9 a.m. Wednesday, bringing the total number of cases since the start of the pandemic to 240,019. people who died within 28 days of a positive Covid-19 test has now reached 5,606.
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Wales’ infection rate now stands at 155.2 cases per 100,000 based on the seven days to July 24, down from 156.9 the day before. The infection rate in Wales has now declined steadily over the past week, from a peak of more than 200 cases per 100,000 people the week before.
Most local authorities in Wales report more than 100 positive cases per 100,000 population. The figures 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.
The dominant strain of the virus currently circulating in Wales is the Delta variant. Over the past week, all recorded cases of the virus in Wales were Delta, with no cases of the Alpha (Kent) variant having been identified.
The area with the highest infection rate in Wales is Denbighshire with 406.5 cases per 100,000 population, followed by Conwy with 324.2 cases per 100,000.
The percentage of tests that now come back positive across Wales remains at 10.8%, although some areas show higher figures. Denbighshire remains the place with the highest percentage of tests giving a positive result at 16.8%.
The areas with the most cases in the past 24 hours are Cardiff with 62 new cases, followed by Denbighshire with 56, Newport with 51 and Rhondda Cynon Taf with 50.
As of July 27, there were 178 people in general and acute hospital beds with confirmed (135), suspected (23) and recovering (20) cases of coronavirus.
As of July 27, the Betsi Cadwaladr University Health Board had the highest number of Covid-related hospitalized people with 52, followed by Aneurin Bevan UHB with 40, Cardiff and Vale UHB with 28 and Cwm Taf Morgannwg with 24.
Hywel Dda had 20 Covid patients, the Swansea Bay University Health Board had 14, and the Velindre University Trust and Powys Teaching Health Board had no patients.
As of July 27, there were 26 people in invasive ventilated beds in Wales with coronavirus. There were 10 in Betsi Cadwaladr UHB, seven in Aneurin Bevan UHB and five in Hywel Dda. There were two each in Cwm Taf Morgannwg and Cardiff and Vale UHB and none in other areas of the board of health.
By 10 p.m. yesterday 2,292,572 people in Wales had received their first dose of the coronavirus vaccine and 2,036,670 people had received both doses of the vaccine. This means that four in five adults in Wales are now fully immune.
Taking the first dose of vaccine by priority group (according to PHW):
- EHPAD residents: 14,084 (98.1%)
- Workers in EHPAD: 35,485 (93.3%)
- 80 years and over: 163,578 (96.1%)
- Health personnel: 137,489 (96.4%)
- Social workers: 45,677 (no percentage available)
- 75-79 years: 127,927 (96.9%)
- 70-74 years: 175,912 (96.2%)
- Clinically extremely vulnerable 16-69 years: 76,835 (94.7%)
- 65-69 years: 171,091 (95%)
- Clinical risk groups 16-64 years: 317,751 (89.6%)
- 60-64 years: 191,570 (93.3%)
- 55-59 years: 213,538 (91.5%)
- 50-54 years: 204,380 (89.5%)
- 40-49 years: 331,942 (84.2%)
- 30-39 years: 324,619 (76.1%)
- 18-29 years: 359,815 (74.6%)
Taking the second dose of vaccine by priority group (according to PHW):
- EHPAD residents: 13,643 (95.1%)
- Workers in EHPAD: 33,958 (89.3%)
- 80 years and over: 160,963 (94.6%)
- Health personnel: 133,513 (93.6%)
- Social workers: 44,815 (no percentage available)
- 75-79 years: 126,518 (95.8%)
- 70-74 years: 174,243 (95.3%)
- Clinically extremely vulnerable 16-69 years: 74,850 (92.3%)
- 65-69 years: 168,673 (93.6%)
- Clinical risk groups 16-64 years: 300,189 (84.7%)
- 60-64 years: 187,958 (91.5%)
- 55-59 years: 208,160 (89.2%)
- 50-54 years: 197,499 (86.5%)
- 40-49 years: 305,721 (77.5%)
- 30-39 years: 268,848 (63%)
- 18-29 years: 230,458 (47.8%)
Infection rate per 100,000 people in each area for seven days (July 16 to July 24):
Aneurin Bevan University Health Council
Blaenau Gwent: 80,2 (contre 90,2)
Newport: 137.1 (vs. 141.6)
Caerphilly: 108.8 (up from 108.2)
Torfaen: 137.3 (vs. 138.4)
Monmouthshire: 126.9 (up from 130)
Betsi Cadwaladr University Health Council
Conwy: 324.2 (up from 318.3)
Anglesey: 104.2 (up from 98.5)
Gwynedd: 95,5 (contre 93,9)
Denbighshire: 406.5 (vs. 423.2)
Flintshire: 253 (up from 245.4)
Wrexham : 248,6 (contre 259,6)
Cardiff and Vale University Health Council
Cardiff: 142.5 (vs. 147.7)
Vale of Glamorgan: 110.8 (was 113)
Cwm Taf Glamorgan University Health Council
Merthyr Tydfil: 150,8 (contre 154,2)
Rhondda Cynon Taff: 145.9 (up from 148.8)
Bridgend: 196.5 (vs. 205.4)
Hywel Dda University Health Council
Carmarthenshire: 82.6 (vs. 77.9)
Pembrokeshire : 97 (contre 96,2)
Ceredigion: 115.6 (instead of 112.8)
Powys Education Health Council
Powys: 173.7 (vs. 174.4)
Swansea Bay University Board of Health
Neath Port Talbot: 102.6 (up from 99.1)
Swansea: 121.5 (up from 121.9)
Wales overall: 155.2 (vs.156,9)
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Wales has now been at Alert Level One for almost two weeks and, public health conditions permitting, will drop to Alert Level Zero on August 7. From that date, there will also be no legal limits on the number of people who can meet other people inside, including in private homes. All premises could open and most, but not all, of the restrictions will be removed.
Also from August 7, masks will no longer need to be worn in reception facilities, but will continue to be required by law in most indoor public places and on public transport.
This means Wales are on a very similar schedule to Scotland, which are expected to lift all restrictions from August 9.
Wales is now at Alert Level One, which means:
- Up to six people can meet indoors in private homes and vacation homes
- Indoor events can take place up to 1,000 people seated and up to 200 people standing
- Ice rinks may reopen
- Groups of up to 30 can visit residential children’s activity centers
The Welsh Prime Minister also confirmed that people who have been fully vaccinated in the UK will no longer need to self-isolate if they return from an Amber List country, in line with the position in England and Scotland.
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