Another 21 people have died from coronavirus in Wales, according to the latest figures from Public Health Wales.
The data, released on Friday January 7 but covering 24 hours until 9 a.m. on January 6, shows 7,915 new positive cases to bring the total to 706,873.
The total number of people who have died within 28 days of a positive test in Wales has now reached 6,626.
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The latest seven-day infection rate across Wales, based on the seven days to January 2, rose to 2,324.6 – from 2,228.5 recorded yesterday and the highest figure at n at any stage of the pandemic.
Infection rates in every local authority have increased. The highest rate in Wales for the seven days between December 27 and January 2 was Blaenau Gwent with 3,085.7 per 100,000, followed by Rhondda Cynon Taf with 2,981 and Merthyr Tydfil with 2,932.4.
Cardiff recorded the most positive cases in the last 24 hour period with 846, followed by RCT with 606, Swansea with 600, Flintshire with 486, Caerphilly with 440, Wrexham with 428, Bridgend with 381, Newport with 376, Carmarthenshire with 369, and Neath Port Talbot with 330.
Other local authorities reporting a very high number of cases were Powys with 310, Conwy with 280, Vale of Glamorgan with 272, Gwynedd with 213, Denbighshire with 209 and Torfaen with 201.
The lowest number of cases was found in Anglesey with 173, Merthyr Tydfil with 162, Blaenau Gwent and Monmouthshire both with 106, Pembrokeshire with 102 and Ceredigion with just 25.
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The percentage of tests that come back positive is also the highest it has ever been during the pandemic. In the seven days to January 2, 51.2% of tests across Wales gave a positive result. However, this appears to have plateaued in the last few days after a sharp rise.
The highest positivity rates were in Swansea (54.2%), Caerphilly (53.7%) and RCT (53.6%).
As of January 6, there were 955 people in general and acute hospital beds with coronavirus (confirmed, suspected and recovering), an increase from the 920 reported on January 5.
There were 39 people in ventilated intensive care beds with Covid-19 on January 6, up from 40 on January 5.
By 9 a.m. on January 6, a total of 2,494,287 people had received one dose of the coronavirus vaccine and 2,314,745 had received both doses. Meanwhile, 1,695,590 people received their booster shots in Wales. The Welsh government has confirmed that all eligible adults have received one by the end of December.
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Infection rate per 100,000 people in each area during the seven days through January 2:
Aneurin Bevan University Health Council
Blaenau Gwent: 3,084.7 (vs. 2,945.8)
Newport: 2,439.9 (up from 2,319)
Caerphilly: 2,506.7 (vs. 2,385.8)
Torfaen: 2,663.9 (instead of 2,566)
Monmouthshire: 1,451.5 (up from 1,427.8)
Betsi Cadwaladr University Health Council
Conwy: 2,480.3 (vs. 2,420.6)
Anglesey: 1,991.6 (vs. 1,938.8)
Gwynedd: 1,945.2 (vs. 1,933.2)
Denbighshire: 2,122.3 (vs. 2,023.1)
Flintshire: 2,340.8 (vs. 2,268.4)
Wrexham: 2,182.3 (vs. 2,031.5)
Cardiff and Vale University Health Council
Cardiff: 2,147.4 (vs. 2,086.4)
Glamorgan Valley: 2,184.3 (vs. 2,179.9)
Cwm Taf Morgannwg University Health Council
Merthyr Tydfil: 2,932.4 (versus 2,902.6)
Rhondda Cynon Taf: 2,981 (up from 2,884.4)
Bridgend: 2,533.8 (up from 2,387.6)
Hywel Dda University Health Council
Carmarthenshire: 2,029.4 (up from 1,923)
Pembrokeshire: 1,724.7 (up from 1,633.3)
Ceredigion: 1,807.6 (vs. 1,806.2)
Powys Teaching Health Council
Powys: 1,811.5 (vs. 1,693.7)
Swansea Bay University Board of Health
Neath Port Talbot: 2,692 (up from 2,462.4)
Swansea: 2,470.9 (vs. 2,321.1)
Wales overall: 2,324.6 (vs.2228.5)
Prime Minister Mark Drakeford confirmed on Thursday evening that alert level two measures will remain in place in Wales following the results of the latest weekly regulatory review.
At the alert level, two people must:
- Wear a face cover (unless there is a reasonable excuse not to wear one) in all indoor public places, including when you are not seated in a pub, cafe, or restaurant.
- Do not meet more than five other people in a cafe, restaurant, pub or other public place (except with their household in greater numbers). This applies to both exterior and interior spaces of premises.
- Work from home if they can.
- Self-isolate for seven days if he is positive for Covid-19. People should take a lateral flow test on the sixth and seventh day. If any of the tests are positive, they should remain isolated until two negative lateral flow tests or after day 10, whichever comes first.
- Do not participate in an event organized indoors for more than 30 people or outdoors for more than 50 people. All organized events must be organized by a responsible body and have a risk assessment.
People are also encouraged to follow reinforced guidelines to help them stay safe at home.
This includes limiting the number of people they meet who they do not live with, ‘walk around before you go’ by taking a lateral flow test before going out, meeting people outside where possible. and ensure that interior spaces are well ventilated.
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