The number of recorded coronavirus cases in Wales has increased dramatically.
The latest data from Public Health Wales, covering the period until 9 a.m. on Boxing Day on Tuesday, showed 12,378 new cases, bringing the total in Wales since the start of the pandemic to 594,753.
The total number of deaths within 28 days of a positive Covid test has now risen to 6,651 in Wales, with three more deaths since the latest data was released. The previous figures were released on Boxing Day and covered 24 hours until 9 a.m. on December 24. This showed 5,335 new positive cases.
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The latest seven-day infection rate across Wales, based on the seven days to December 23, rose to 1,004.1 cases per 100,000 people. On Christmas Eve it was 662.3 cases per 100,000 population, while on Boxing Day it was 724.9 cases per 100,000 population.
The local authority with the highest infection rate in Wales for the seven days of December 17-23 is Cardiff, where the figure is 1335.5, while Newport, Anglesey, Denbighshire, Gwynedd, the Valley of Glamorgan, Bridgend, Merthyr Tydfil, Rhondda Cynon Taf, Ceredigion and Swansea all have rates above 1,000.
In terms of the proportion of positive tests, the highest figures are in Merthyr Tydfil (30.7%), Wrexham (30.5%) and Rhondda Cynon Taf and Cardiff (30.4% each). Wales’ test positivity rate is 28.2%, up from 22% previously reported.
The regions of the country with the highest number of new Covid cases in the last period are Cardiff with 1,595 and Rhondda Cynon Taf with 1,072, while Swansea had 893.
Newport had 699 and Caerphilly 654 while Vale of Glamorgan had 551, Flintshire had 533, Bridgend had 517, Wrexham 490, Carmarthenshire had 476 new cases and Gwynedd had 452. Conwy had 427 while Denbighshire in had 423.
Pembrokeshire recorded 397 more cases while Neath Port Talbot recorded 390. Merthyr Tydfil recorded 324.
The lowest areas are Powys (286) Torfaen (283), Monmouthshire (278), Ceredigion (260), Blaenau Gwent (209) and Anglesey (229).
As of December 22, there were 444 people in general and acute hospital beds with coronavirus (confirmed, suspected and recovering), an increase from the last 436 reported the day before.
There were 31 people in ventilated intensive care beds with Covid-19 on December 22, two more than on December 21.
These figures will not be updated until December 30.
In terms of vaccinations, the figures have not been updated. The most recent figures, from Boxing Day, show 2,486,737 people had received one dose of the coronavirus vaccine and 2,296,242 had received both doses. Meanwhile, 1,490,668 people received their booster shots in Wales. The Welsh government wants all eligible adults to have one by the end of December.
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Taking the first dose of vaccine by priority group (according to PHW, not updated since Boxing Day):
- Severely immunocompromised: 99.2%
- EHPAD residents: 98.3%
- Workers in EHPAD: 94.7%
- 80 years and over: 96.2%
- Health personnel: 97.3%
- Social workers: 45,447
- 75-79 years: 97%
- 70-74 years: 96.5%
- Clinically extremely vulnerable 16-69 years: 95.5%
- 65-69 years: 95.3%
- Clinical risk groups 12-64 years: 90.4%
- 60-64 years: 93.7%
- 55-59 years: 92%
- 50-54 years: 90.3%
- 40-49 years: 85.5%
- 30-39 years: 79.5%
- 18-29 years old: 79.2%
- 16-17 years: 77.7%
- 12-15 years: 56.9%
Taking the second dose of vaccine by priority group (according to PHW):
Taking booster vaccines (according to PHW):
- EHPAD residents: 86.9%
- Workers in EHPAD: 71.5%
- 80 years and over: 85.9%
- Health workforce: 81.6%
- Social workers: 37,888
- 75-79 years: 88.2%
- 70-74 years: 88%
- Clinically extremely vulnerable 16-69 years: 52.3%
- 65-69 years: 85.5%
- Clinical risk groups 12-64 years: 65.7%
- 60-64 years: 79%
- 55-59 years: 72.6%
- 50-54 years: 65.8%
- 40-49 years: 49.9%
- 30-39 years: 30.8%
- 18-29 years: 20.9%
- 16-17 years: 6.2%
Infection rate per 100,000 people in each area during the seven days through December 23:
Aneurin Bevan University Health Council
Blaenau Gwent: 710 (instead of 499.6)
Newport: 1,068 (up from 723.4)
Caerphilly: 901.3 (was 640.6)
Torfaen: 983.4 (instead of 656.7)
Monmouthshire: 837.3 (up from 752.7)
Betsi Cadwaladr University Health Council
Conwy: 959 (was 640.8)
Anglesey: 1,053.6 (up from 969.4)
Gwynedd: 1,044.5 (up from 674.4)
Denbighshire: 1,077.4 (vs. 762.8)
Flintshire: 949.4 (up from 748.2)
Wrexham: 886.3 (up from 698)
Cardiff and Vale University Health Council
Cardiff: 1,335.5 (vs. 1,017.4)
Glamorgan Valley: 1,121.4 (up from 850.4)
Cwm Taf Morgannwg University Health Council
Merthyr Tydfil: 1,092.4 (vs. 661.4)
Rhondda Cynon Taf: 1066.9 (was 680.2)
Bridgend: 1,094.2 (up from 701.8)
Hywel Dda University Health Council
Carmarthenshire: 696.6 (up from 505.4)
Pembrokeshire: 884.6 (up from 643)
Ceredigion: 1,046.8 (instead of 590.1)
Powys Teaching Health Council
Powys: 681.8 (was 553.5)
Swansea Bay University Board of Health
Neath Port Talbot: 858.9 (up from 646.1)
Swansea: 1,018.2 (was 756.7)
Welsh total: 1,004.1 (up from 724.9)
The Welsh government has reintroduced stricter restrictions following the highly transmissible variant Omicron.
The regulations reinstate stricter measures for hotel businesses, including licensed premises, and in cinemas and theaters when they reopen after the holiday season.
From Boxing Day, alert level two measures mean:
A general requirement of 2m social distancing in all premises open to the public and in workplaces, where reasonable.
The rule of six will apply to gatherings in regulated premises, such as hospitality, cinemas and theaters.
All licensed establishments will need to take additional measures to protect customers and staff, including table service and collection of contact details.
Face coverings will be mandatory in reception establishments at all times, except when they are seated.
Large events will not be allowed indoors or outdoors. The maximum number of people who can meet for an indoor event will be 30 and 50 outdoors.
There will be an exception for team sports, up to 50 spectators can gather, in addition to the participants. There is also an exception for events involving children.
New measures were also announced for workplaces. Nightclubs have also had to close since Boxing Day.
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