The latest data released by Public Health Wales (PHW) on Sunday August 1 confirmed that there had been 719 new cases identified within 24 hours through Friday morning, bringing the total number of cases since the start of the pandemic to 241,562.
With five new deaths reported, the total number of people who have died within 28 days of testing positive for Covid-19 now stands at 5,615.
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PHW is no longer providing coronavirus data update on Saturday, that means today’s update takes into account cases identified the day before Saturday.
The latest infection rate across Wales is now 148.6 per 100,000 people, based on the seven days to July 26, down from 152.7 the previous day. The infection rate in Wales has now declined steadily for more than a week, from a peak of more than 200 cases per 100,000 people the week before.
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 area with the highest infection rate in Wales is Denbighshire with 405.5 new cases per 100,000 population, followed by Conwy with a rate of 303.7. Meanwhile, the percentage of positive tests across the country is now 10.4%, down slightly from 10.7% the day before.
As of July 29, there were 163 people in general and acute hospital beds with confirmed (117), suspected (26) and recovering (20) cases of coronavirus.
As of July 29, the Betsi Cadwaladr University Health Board had the highest number of Covid-related hospitalized people with 39, followed by Aneurin Bevan UHB with 35, Cwm Taf Morgannwg with 30 and Cardiff and Vale UHB with 26.
Swansea Bay University Health Board had 18 Covid patients, Hywel Dda University Health Board had 15, and Velindre University Trust and Powys Education Health Board had no patient.
As of July 29, there were 19 people in invasive ventilated beds in Wales with coronavirus, the same number reported the day before.
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The latest figures show 2,295,923 people in Wales have received their first dose of the coronavirus vaccine and 2,062,402 people have received both doses of the vaccine.
Taking the first dose of vaccine by priority group (according to PHW):
- EHPAD residents: 14,403 (98.1%)
- Workers in EHPAD: 35,526 (93.4%)
- 80 years and over: 163,454 (96.1%)
- Health personnel: 137,515 (96.4%)
- Social workers: 45,664 (no percentage available)
- 75-79 years: 127,903 (96.9%)
- 70-74 years: 175,908 (96.2%)
- Clinically extremely vulnerable 16-69 years: 76,837 (94.8%)
- 65-69 years: 171,102 (95.0%)
- Clinical risk groups 16-64 years 317 955 (89.7%)
- 60-64 years: 191,616 (93.3%)
- 55-59 years: 213,607 (91.5%)
- 50-54 years: 204,462 (89.6%)
- 40-49 years: 332,215 (84.2%)
- 30-39 years: 325,254 (76.2%)
- 18-29 years: 361,303 (74.8%)
Taking the second dose of vaccine by priority group (according to PHW):
- EHPAD residents: 13,610 (95.1%)
- Workers in EHPAD: 30,048 (89.5%)
- 80 years and over: 160,894 (94.6%)
- Health personnel: 133,682 (93.7%)
- Social workers: 44,380 (no percentage available)
- 75-79 years: 126,549 (95.9%)
- 70-74 years: 174,283 (95.3%)
- Clinically extremely vulnerable 16-69 years: 74,920 (92.4%)
- 65-69 years: 168,817 (93.7%)
- Clinical risk groups 16-64 years: 301,200 (85/0%)
- 60-64 years: 188,110 (91.6%)
- 55-59 years: 208,482 (89.3%)
- 50-54 years: 197,926 (86.7%)
- 40-49 years: 309,673 (78.5%)
- 30-39 years: 273,522 (64.1%)
- 18-29 years: 246,465 (51.1%)
Infection rate per 100,000 people in each area during the seven days (week until July 26):
Aneurin Bevan University Health Council
Blaenau Gwent: 98,8 (contre 91,6)
Newport: 130.6 (up from 132.5)
Caerphilly: 103.3 (was 108.2)
Torfaen: 129.8 (vs. 142.6)
Monmouthshire: 108.9 (vs. 114.2)
Betsi Cadwaladr University Health Council
Conwy: 303.7 (vs. 309.7)
Anglesey: 101.4 (unchanged)
Gwynedd: 105,2 (contre 93,1)
Denbighshire: 405.5 (vs. 407.5)
Flintshire: 226.1 (up from 240.2)
Wrexham : 234,6 (contre 244,9)
Cardiff and Vale University Health Council
Cardiff: 136.8 (vs. 141.7)
Glamorgan Valley: 101.8 (was 104.1)
Cwm Taf Glamorgan University Health Council
Merthyr Tydfil: 126,0 (contre 139,2)
Rhondda Cynon Taf: 135,5 (contre 140,1)
Bridgend: 176.1 (vs. 200.6)
Hywel Dda University Health Council
Carmarthenshire: 85.3 (vs. 85.8)
Pembrokeshire : 89,8 (contre 94,6)
Ceredigion: 99.0 (up from 101.8)
Powys Education Health Council
Powys: 179.0 (unchanged)
Swansea Bay University Board of Health
Neath Port Talbot: 116.5 (up from 107.5)
Swansea: 122.3 (up from 120.7)
Welsh total: 148.6 (vs. 152.7)
Wales has now been on alert level one for more than two weeks and, public health conditions permitting, will move to alert level zero on Saturday 7 August.
It is understood that the Welsh government cabinet will meet on Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday of this week, before confirming any decisions on Thursday. Prime Minister Mark Drakeford is then expected to announce these decisions publicly at a press conference on Friday noon. It is expected that from that date there will no longer be any legal limits on the number of people who can meet other people inside, including in private homes.
Meanwhile, all premises could open and most, but not all, restrictions will be removed as masks do not need to be worn in hospitality facilities.
If this move comes to fruition, it will mean Wales will follow a very similar schedule to Scotland, which are expected to lift all restrictions from August 9.
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