Another 15 people have died with coronavirus in Wales and more than 2,200 new positive cases have been identified.
Latest figures from Public Health Wales published on December 28 show 2,273 new cases of the virus have been recorded to bring the total since the pandemic began to 141,915. The overall death total now stands at 3,383 in Wales.
Following the latest figures, the infection rate is now 536.4 cases per 100,000 people based on the seven days up to December 23. That is a drop on the 558.6 previously.
These figures are based on the date tests were done, not the date test results were included on the system, meaning it is an accurate reflection of the extent to which the virus is spreading rapidly in Wales. They data is correct up to 9am on December 28.
Public Health Wales has urged people to consider day-to-day fluctuations with caution as “data flow issues” may affect the figures. Yesterday’s figures were higher than what might be expected due to a backlog because of delays over Christmas.
The percentage of tests being done that produce positive results is now 20% in Wales, meaning a fifth of people getting tested have the virus. However this continues a downward trend in recent days from a peak of 27% on December 13.
The rise in cases has been partly blamed on a “new variant” of the virus, however estimates from the ONS suggest it not the dominant strain in Wales yet and is causing far fewer of the infections than in parts of England. This data suggests is it causing only just over 10% of infections in Wales.
Deaths reported today: 15
Cases reported today: 2,273
Number of tests carried out: 15,078
Total deaths with lab-confirmed coronavirus in Wales: 3,383
Merthyr Tydfil remains the local authority with the highest infection rate in Wales with a seven-day rate of 1,022.8 cases per 100,000 population, down on 1,089.1 last time.
Bridgend has the second highest rate with 1,021.4 per 100,000 population, down slightly from 1,025.5 yesterday.
Blaenau Gwent is third with 814.5 cases per 100,000, down from 854.5 yesterday.
The three areas with the highest percentage of tests coming back positive remains Bridgend with 29.5%, Neath Port Talbot with 28.3%, and Merthyr Tydfil with 25.6% in the week to December 23.
Cardiff had the highest number of new cases with 258, followed by RCT with 239, Bridgend with 197 and Swansea with 178.
Caerphilly had 141 new cases, Newport had 131, Flintshire had 125, Neath Port Talbot had 123, Wrexham and the Vale of Glamorgan both had 109 and Torfaen had 102.
Meanwhile, Carmarthenshire reported 98 new cases, Merthyr Tydfil had 83, Blaenau Gwent had 60, Pembrokeshire had 49, Monmouthshire had 46, Powys had 39, Denbighshire had 29 and Conwy had 20.
Other areas reporting lower figures are Anglesey with 11 new cases, Gwynedd with 10 cases, and Ceredigion with 6.
Cases per 100,000 for rolling seven days (December 17 to 23)
Aneurin Bevan University Health Board
Newport: 678.8 (Down from 739)
Caerphilly: 635.1 (Up from 611.6)
Blaenau Gwent: 814.5 (Down from 906.1)
Torfaen: 656.7 (Up from 655.6)
Monmouthshire: 411.2 (Down from 413.4)
Betsi Cadwaladr University Health Board
Wrexham: 570.8 (Up from 553.9)
Flintshire: 334.4 (Down from 336.3)
Denbighshire: 218.4 (Up from 199.6)
Conwy: 119.5 (Up from 101.5)
Gwynedd: 85.1 (Unchanged from 85.1)
Anglesey: 74.2 (Up from 62.8)
Cardiff and Vale University Health Board
Cardiff: 614.3 (Down from 660.4)
Vale of Glamorgan: 631 (Down from 636.3)
Cwm Taf Morgannwg University Health Board
Merthyr Tydfil: 1,022.8 (Down from 1,089.1)
Bridgend: 1,021.4 (Down from 1,025.5)
Rhondda Cynon Taf: 715.8 (Down from 741.5)
Hywel Dda University Health Board
Carmarthenshire: 563.1 (Down from 603.4)
Ceredigion: 209.1 (Down from 217.3)
Pembrokeshire: 190.8 (Down from 213.8)
Powys Teaching Health Board
Powys: 179 (Down from 182)
Swansea Bay University Health Board
Neath Port Talbot: 804.5 (Down from 854.7)
Swansea: 573.7 (Down from 617.8)
Wales total – 536.4 (Down from 558.6 )
On Tuesday, data from the World Health Organisation showed Wales now has the second worst coronavirus infection rate in the world.
All of Wales is now in full lockdown at alert level four in Wales means that:
- people must stay at home, except for very limited purposes
- people must not visit other households, or meet other people they do not live with
- many types of businesses are required to close.
The level four restrictions apply to the whole of Wales and will be reviewed after three weeks, but there is no end date.
The Welsh Government has announced that those who are shielding should no longer attend work or school outside the home.
Public Health Wales will not be reporting coronavirus data on its public facing data dashboard or social media channels on Christmas Day or New Year’s Day which will lead to a backlog of data flowing through to the system a day later.
Dr Giri Shankar, incident director for the novel coronavirus outbreak response at Public Health Wales, said: “We hope everyone has had a healthy and safe Christmas. The lockdown restrictions remain and we advise everyone to stay at home as much as possible, and to limit your social contacts.
“Travellers who have been in or transited through South Africa in the last 10 days are no longer allowed into the UK. We advise anyone returning to Wales from South Africa to regularly check gov.uk for the latest guidance and advice on self-isolating.
“Public Health Wales will not be reporting coronavirus data on its public facing data dashboard or social media channels on Friday 1 January.
“Users should be aware that there will be a backlog of data that will flow through to the system on Saturday 2 January.
“This will not affect individuals receiving their results, and anyone who tests positive will be contacted by their local authority’s Test, Trace, Protect team in the usual way.”