New figures from Public Health Wales (PHW) released on Wednesday October 27, which cover the latest 24-hour period, show the total number of Covid-related deaths in Wales now stands at 6,122.
There were also 2,582 new positive cases recorded in today’s update, bringing the total number since the start of the pandemic to 429,731.
The latest seven-day infection rate in Wales based on cases per 100,000 people (for the seven days through October 22) now stands at 699.7 – a welcome drop in 719,9 reported Tuesday. For more health related content, please click here
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The local authority with the highest infection rate in Wales is now Blaenau Gwent with 1,156.6 cases per 100,000 inhabitants over seven days, followed by Torfaen with 1,024.9 and Caerphilly with 976.4.
Wales’ test positivity rate is 23.4%, which means almost a quarter of all who get tested come back positive. Almost three in ten people in Bridgend see their test come back positive (28.4%) – the highest of any local authority.
The regions of the country with the highest number of Covid cases in the last 24 hour period were Cardiff with 406, Rhondda Cynon Taf with 226, Swansea with 196, Vale of Glamorgan with 170, Caerphilly with 164, Newport with 139 , Neath Port Talbot with 117, Bridgend with 114, Carmarthenshire with 103 and Pembrokeshire with 100.
Meanwhile, Monmouthshire had 91 new cases, Torfaen had 89, Powys had 79, Wrexham had 71, Blaenau Gwent had 67, Denbighshire had 65, Flintshire had 60 and Gwynedd and Merthyr Tydfil both had 50 .
The local authorities with the fewest number of cases were Conwy and Anglesey with 36 each and Ceredigion with 18.
As of October 25 there was 703 people in general and acute hospital beds with coronavirus (confirmed, suspected and recovering), an increase in the 677 reported the day before.
Aneurin Bevan UHB had the most Covid patients in general and acute hospital beds on October 25 with 179, followed by Cardiff and Vale UHB with 136, Cwm Taf Morgannwg UHB with 110, Hywel Dda UHB with 100, Swansea Bay UHB with 93 and Betsi Cadwaladr UHB with 85.
As of October 25, there was 56 people in invasive ventilated beds in Wales with coronavirus. Betsi Cadwaladr UHB had 11, Cardiff and Vale UHB had 10, Swansea Bay UHB, Cwm Taf Morgannwg UHB and Hywel Dda UHB had nine each, and Aneurin Bevan UHB had eight.
Figures from Public Health Wales on Friday showed 2,435,396 people received one dose of the coronavirus vaccine and 2,241,637 received both doses.
PHW has now released figures on the number of people who have received their Covid booster vaccine. To date, 375,765 have had them – including more than half of nursing home residents (65.9%), healthcare workers (63.8%), nursing home workers (52.6%) %) and people over 80 (53.7%).
The Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine is now given to children aged 12 to 15 in mass vaccination centers and in some schools. You can read more about it here.
Taking the first dose of vaccine by priority group (according to PHW):
- Severely immunocompromised: 99.2%
- EHPAD residents: 98.2%
- Workers in EHPAD: 94.2%
- 80 years and over: 96.2%
- Health personnel: 97.1%
- Social workers: 45,446 (no percentage available)
- 75-79 years: 97%
- 70-74 years: 96.3%
- Clinically extremely vulnerable 16-69 years: 95.3%
- 65-69 years: 95.2%
- Clinical risk groups 12-64 years: 89.9%
- 60-64 years: 93.5%
- 55-59 years: 91.8%
- 50-54 years: 90%
- 40-49 years: 85.2%
- 30-39 years: 78.6%
- 18-29 years old: 78%
- 16-17 years: 74.5%
- 12-15 years: 39.9%
Taking the second dose of vaccine by priority group (according to PHW):
Taking booster vaccines (according to PHW)
- EHPAD residents: 65%
- Workers in EHPAD: 52.6%
- 80 years and over: 53.7%
- Health workforce: 63.8%
- Social workers: 26,697 (no percentage given)
- 75-79 years: 41%
- 70-74 years: 32.8%
- Clinically extremely vulnerable 16-69 years: 12.9%
- 65-69 years: 12.7%
- Clinical risk groups 12-64 years: 1.7%
- 60-64 years: 9.2%
- 55-59 years: 10.4%
- 50-54 years: 10%
- 40-49 years: 8.6%
- 30-39 years: 6.2%
- 18-29 years old: 4%
- 16-17 years: 0.5%
- 12-15 years: 0%
Infection rate per 100,000 people in each area during the seven days through October 22:
Aneurin Bevan University Health Council
Blaenau Gwent: 1 156,6 (contre 1 329,8)
Newport: 889 (was 906.4)
Caerphilly: 976.4 (vs. 1,048.7)
Torfaen: 1,024.9 (compared to 1,069.6)
Monmouthshire: 755.9 (vs. 768.6)
Betsi Cadwaladr University Health Council
Conwy: 414.7 (vs. 413.8)
Anglesey: 371.2 (vs. 388.3)
Gwynedd: 473,7 (contre 485,7)
Denbighshire: 599.8 (vs. 604)
Flintshire: 395.9 (up from 386.9)
Wrexham : 378,1 (contre 368,5)
Cardiff and Vale University Health Council
Cardiff: 767.2 (vs. 789.6)
Glamorgan Valley: 874.3 (up from 891.6)
Cwm Taf Glamorgan University Health Council
Merthyr Tydfil: 716,1 (contre 759,2)
Rhondda Cynon Taf: 717,9 (contre 773,4)
Bridgend: 606.6 (was 612.7)
Hywel Dda University Health Council
Carmarthenshire: 623 (up from 619.8)
Pembrokeshire: 849.6 (up from 834.5)
Ceredigion: 638.3 (up from 605.3)
Powys Education Health Council
Powys: 581.4 (vs. 592)
Swansea Bay University Board of Health
Neath Port Talbot: 898 (up from 951.7)
Swansea: 610.9 (up from 603.7)
Wales overall: 699.7 (vs.719,9)
The Samaritans have put together a series of tips for taking care of your mental health right now, with their experts suggesting the following strategies:
- Take the time to devote to something you love, whether it’s settling in with your favorite movie, heading to your local park, or participating in any of your hobbies or interests.
- Take a break from news and social media to get away from screens and devices
- Set realistic goals for the day or week ahead and eventually break down the things you need to do into a smaller to-do list
- Try relaxation exercises like controlled breathing or muscle relaxation
- Enjoying nature, whether it’s leaving the house or opening the curtains and blinds to let in natural light. Plants and flowers can also be useful
- Exercise Can Help Reduce Anxiety
- Talk to a trusted friend or family member about how you are feeling
There is help available if you need it
Esprit Cymru The infoline is open Monday to Friday from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. To contact them, call 0300 123 3393.
Samaritans offers a 24-hour listening service at 116 123 (in the UK and Republic of Ireland this number is FREE and will not appear on your phone bill).
CALL (Community Advice & Listening Line) offers emotional support and information / literature on mental health and related issues to residents of Wales and can be contacted on 0800 132 737 or through the website.
The NHS offers help and advice through its 111 service.
On Thursday last week, the Welsh government unveiled its NHS winter plan in which an additional £ 40million has been allocated to social services to help ease pressure on hospital beds. This is in addition to the £ 248million already announced for the NHS Covid recovery fund. To learn more about it, go here.
The Welsh government is also considering three things to stop the spike in infection rates, including extending Covid passes and cracking down on those who do not wear masks indoors. See more here.
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