Coronavirus infection rates, cases and deaths for all parts of Wales on Friday, October 8
A further 23 people have died with coronavirus in Wales according to latest figures from Public Health Wales (PHW).
The data published on Friday, October 8, also revealed there were 5,705 new positive cases, bringing the total number since the pandemic began to 377,734.
The latest seven-day infection rate across Wales based on the cases for every 100,000 people (seven days up to October 4) has risen slightly again and now stands at 492.9 – a slight increase on the 489.4 reported on Thursday. The figures announced on Friday are for the 48-hour period up to 8am on October 8, according to PHW.
The local authority with the highest infection rate in Wales is now Torfaen with 718.4 cases per 100,000 population over seven days, followed by Vale of Glamorgan with 656.5 and Caerphilly with 595.3.
Test positivity rates across Wales now stands at 15.2% with Torfaen having the greatest proportion of tests coming back positive at 19.4%. Test positivity has been slowly falling for the last month after peaking at 22% across Wales in the first week of September.
The areas of the country recording the highest numbers of Covid cases in the latest 48-hour period were Cardiff with 2,132, Swansea with 1,312, RCT with 1,148, Caerphilly and Carmarthenshire with 1,078 each, and Vale of Glamorgan with 877.
Pembrokeshire had 732 new cases, Neath Port Talbot had 720, Torfaen had 675, Newport had 657, Flintshire had 615, Bridgend had 613, Gwynedd had 536, Denbighshire had 517, Conwy had 502, Wrexham had 493, and Powys had 477.
The local authorities with the lowest numbers of cases were Anglesey with 342, Monmouthshire with 314, Blaenau Gwent with 248, Ceredigion with 226, and Merthyr Tydfil with 206.
As of October 7 there were 567 people in general and acute hospital beds with coronavirus (confirmed, suspected, and recovering) – up on the 547 reported in the figures as of October 6.
Aneurin Bevan UHB had the most Covid patients in general and acute hospital beds on October 7 with 149, followed by Betsi Cadwaladr UHB with 124, Cwm Taf Morgannwg UHB with 103, Cardiff and Vale UHB with 87, and Swansea Bay UHB and Hywel Dda UHB with 52 apiece.
As of October 7 there were 48 people in invasive ventilated beds in Wales with coronavirus. Hywel Dda UHB had the most with 12, Cwm Taf Morgannwg UHB, Swansea Bay UHB, and Betsi Cadwaladr UHB each had nine, Cardiff and Vale UHB had five, and Aneurin Bevan UHB had four.
On Wednesday Public Health Wales figures showed that 2,389,159 people have had one dose of the coronavirus vaccine and 2,228,122 have had both doses.
The Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine has begun to be administered to 12- to 15-year-olds this week in mass vaccination centres and some schools. You can read more about that here.
Uptake of the first vaccine dose by priority group (according to PHW):
- Care home residents: 98.1%
- Care home workers: 94.2%
- 80 years and older: 96.2%
- Healthcare workers: 97%
- Social care workers: 45,642 (no percentage available)
- 75-79 years: 97%
- 70-74 years: 96.3%
- Clinically extremely vulnerable 16-69 years: 95%
- 65-69 years: 95.1%
- Clinical risk groups 16-64 years: 90.6%
- 60-64 years: 93.5%
- 55-59 years: 91.8%
- 50-54 years: 90%
- 40-49 years: 85.1%
- 30-39 years: 78.4%
- 18-29 years: 77.7%
- 16-17 years: 72.1%
Uptake of the second vaccine dose by priority group (according to PHW):
- Care home residents: 96.2%
- Care home workers: 91.3%
- 80 years and older: 95.2%
- Healthcare workers: 95.3%
- Social care workers: 45,040 (no percentage available)
- 75-79 years: 96.3%
- 70-74 years: 95.7%
- Clinically extremely vulnerable 16-69 years: 93.3%
- 65-69 years: 94.2%
- Clinical risk groups 16-64 years: 87.4%
- 60-64 years: 92.3%
- 55-59 years: 90.3%
- 50-54 years: 88.1%
- 40-49 years: 82%
- 30-39 years: 73%
- 18-29 years: 69.7%
- 16-17 years: 16.9%
Infection rate for every 100,000 people in each area for the seven days up to October 4:
Aneurin Bevan University Health Board
Blaenau Gwent: 355 (down from 399.4)
Newport: 424.8 (down from 446.1)
Caerphilly: 595.3 (up from 562.2)
Torfaen: 718.4 (up from 682.2)
Monmouthshire: 332 (up from 320.3)
Betsi Cadwaladr University Health Board
Conwy: 428.3 (down from 430)
Anglesey: 488.3 (up from 485.4)
Gwynedd: 430.3 (up from 411)
Denbighshire: 540.3 (down from 594.6)
Flintshire: 394 (down from 408.1)
Wrexham: 362.6 (up from 361.2)
Cardiff and Vale University Health Board
Cardiff: 581.1 (up from 542.1)
Vale of Glamorgan: 656.5 (up from 626.6)
Cwm Taf Morgannwg University Health Board
Merthyr Tydfil: 341.5 (down from 376.3)
Rhondda Cynon Taf: 475.8 (down from 489.5)
Bridgend: 416.9 (down from 435.2)
Hywel Dda University Health Board
Carmarthenshire: 571.1 (down from 577.9)
Pembrokeshire: 581.8 (up from 517.4)
Ceredigion: 310.9 (up from 309.5)
Powys Teaching Health Board
Powys: 360.2 (up from 314.9)
Swansea Bay University Health Board
Neath Port Talbot: 502.4 (down from 567.3)
Swansea: 531.2 (down from 541.3)
Wales total: 492.9 (up from 489.4)
On Friday the Welsh Government released its new Covid Control Plan for autumn and winter with a 'stable' scenario in which the nation transitions to managing coronavirus as a normal respiratory illness alongside an 'urgent' scenario if pressure begins to ramp up once again. You can read more about that here. Alongside the release of the plan Mark Drakeford also led a briefing on the latest updates from the pandemic in Wales. The links at the bottom of this article will take you to some of the most significant matters arising from that while if you go here you can read an interview with the First Minister in which he discusses Christmas, the possibility of restrictions in future, and the latest on schools.
From Monday it will be mandatory for people to show Covid passes before entering nightclubs and mass events in Wales.
Under the new law evidence of full vaccination or a negative Covid test within 48 hours will be required when visiting nightclubs or large events.
The plan is for the scheme to come into force from Monday, October 11, at:
- Indoor, non-seated events for more than 500 people, such as concerts or conventions;
- Outdoor non-seated events for more than 4,000 people;
- Any setting or event with more than 10,000 people in attendance.
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