Coronavirus infection rates, cases and deaths for all parts of Wales on Thursday, October 14

By Mark Smith

Twelve more people have died with coronavirus in Wales according to latest figures from Public Health Wales (PHW).

The data published on Thursday, October 14, also revealed there were 2,635 new positive cases bringing the total number since the pandemic began to 389,152. The 12 additional deaths recorded brings the overall toll to 5,990 in Wales.

The latest seven-day infection rate across Wales based on the cases for every 100,000 people (seven days up to October 9) now stands at 531.9 – a rise on the 522.9 reported on Wednesday. The figures announced on Thursday are for the 24-hour period up to 9am on October 13 according to PHW.

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The local authority with the highest infection rate in Wales is now Torfaen with 726.9 cases per 100,000 population over seven days followed by Vale of Glamorgan with 717.1 and Cardiff with 698.3.

Test positivity rates across Wales have shot up from 15.2% in Friday's figures to 17.4% on Thursday with Vale of Glamorgan having the greatest proportion of tests coming back positive at 21.8%.

The areas of the country recording the highest numbers of Covid cases in the latest 24-hour period were Cardiff with 464, Swansea with 197, Vale of Glamorgan with 174, Carmarthenshire with 151, Powys with 146, Pembrokeshire with 137, Torfaen and Conwy both with 112, and Flintshire with 107.

Meanwhile Newport had 97 new cases, Rhondda Cynon Taf had 95, Denbighshire had 93, Wrexham had 92, Neath Port Talbot had 91, Caerphilly had 87, Gwynedd had 85, Bridgend had 81, and Monmouthshire had 77.

The local authorities with the lowest numbers of cases were Anglesey with 70, Ceredigion with 41, Blaenau Gwent with 39 and Merthyr Tydfil with 34.

As of October 13 there were 601 people in general and acute hospital beds with coronavirus (confirmed, suspected, and recovering) – down on the 605 reported in the figures as of October 12.

Aneurin Bevan UHB had the most Covid patients in general and acute hospital beds on October 13 with 144, followed by Cardiff and Vale UHB with 116, Cwm Taf Morgannwg UHB with 107, Betsi Cadwaladr UHB with 100, Swansea Bay UHB with 72, and Hywel Dda UHB with 62.

As of October 13 there were 47 people in invasive ventilated beds in Wales with coronavirus. Hywel Dda UHB and Betsi Cadwaladr UHB had the joint most with 10 each, followed by Cwm Taf Morgannwg UHB with nine, Swansea Bay UHB with eight, Aneurin Bevan UHB with six, and Cardiff and Vale UHB with four.

On Wednesday Public Health Wales figures showed that 2,404,237 people have had one dose of the coronavirus vaccine and 2,232,967 have had both doses.

The Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine started to be administered to 12- to 15-year-olds last 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):

  • Severely immunosuppressed: 97.7%
  • Care home residents: 98.1%
  • Care home workers: 94.2%
  • 80 years and older: 96.2%
  • Healthcare workers: 97.1%
  • Social care workers: 45,741 (no percentage available)
  • 75-79 years: 97%
  • 70-74 years: 96.3%
  • Clinically extremely vulnerable 16-69 years: 95.2%
  • 65-69 years: 95.1%
  • Clinical risk groups 12-64 years: 89.8%
  • 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: 77.8%
  • 16-17 years: 73.5%
  • 12-15 years: 22.9%

Uptake of the second vaccine dose by priority group (according to PHW):

  • Severely immunosuppressed: 96.1%

  • Care home residents: 96.3%
  • Care home workers: 91.4%
  • 80 years and older: 95.2%
  • Healthcare workers: 95.3%
  • Social care workers: 45,162 (no percentage available)
  • 75-79 years: 96.3%
  • 70-74 years: 95.7%
  • Clinically extremely vulnerable 16-69 years: 93.6%
  • 65-69 years: 94.3%
  • Clinical risk groups 12-64 years: 85.9%
  • 60-64 years: 92.4%
  • 55-59 years: 90.4%
  • 50-54 years: 88.1%
  • 40-49 years: 82.1%
  • 30-39 years: 73.2%
  • 18-29 years: 69.9%
  • 16-17 years: 21.1%
  • 12-15 years: 0.2%

Infection rate for every 100,000 people in each area for the seven days up to October 9:

Aneurin Bevan University Health Board

Blaenau Gwent: 375 (up from 369.3)

Newport: 447.4 (up from 444.8)

Caerphilly: 607.5 (up from 601.4)

Torfaen: 726.9 (up from 720.5)

Monmouthshire: 429.2 (up from 420.8)

Betsi Cadwaladr University Health Board

Conwy: 424.1 (up from 420.6)

Anglesey: 498.3 (up from 484)

Gwynedd: 415.9 (up from 405.4)

Denbighshire: 539.2 (up from 520.4)

Flintshire: 418.3 (up from 410.6)

Wrexham: 405.3 (up from 403.1)

Cardiff and Vale University Health Board

Cardiff: 698.3 (up from 650.6)

Vale of Glamorgan: 717.1 (up from 703.7)

Cwm Taf Morgannwg University Health Board

Merthyr Tydfil: 354.7 (down from 363)

Rhondda Cynon Taf: 487 (down from 494.1)

Bridgend: 399.9 (up from 394.4)

Hywel Dda University Health Board

Carmarthenshire: 627.7 (up from 618.7)

Pembrokeshire: 585 (up from 573)

Ceredigion: 386.5 (up from 376.9)

Powys Teaching Health Board

Powys: 493.8 (up from 487.8)

Swansea Bay University Health Board

Neath Port Talbot: 549.8 (down from 558.9)

Swansea: 543.3 (down from 552.2)

Wales total: 531.9 (up from 522.9)

On Tuesday afternoon health minister Eluned Morgan warned that flu cases in Wales could be double the usual levels this winter. "This is the first season where we will have significant amounts of coronavirus circulating as well as flu," she said.

"Modelling shared with the Joint Committee for Vaccination and Immunisation has suggested this winter flu season could be 50% to 100% higher than a typical season and could peak at a different time.

"We saw very little flu last winter – you will remember that we had lockdown restrictions in place because we were dealing with high levels of coronavirus caused by the alpha – or Kent – variant.

"Data from our health service suggests the respiratory syncytial (RSV) season started earlier than usual this year in Wales – in July. Young children are particularly vulnerable because they will not previously have been exposed to RSV."

Meanwhile it is now 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 now in force at:

  • Nightclubs;
  • 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.

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.

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