Coronavirus infection rates, cases and deaths for all parts of Wales on Thursday, October 7

By Mark Smith

Eight more people have died with coronavirus in Wales according to latest figures from Public Health Wales.

The data published on Thursday, October 7 also revealed there were 3,400 new positive cases, bringing the total number since the pandemic began to 372,029.

The latest seven-day infection rate across Wales based on the cases for every 100,000 people (seven days up to October 2) has begun to fall and now stands at 489.4 - a significant drop on the 507.3 reported on Wednesday.

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The local authority with the highest infection rate in Wales is now Torfaen with 682.2 cases per 100,000 population over seven days, followed by Vale of Glamorgan with 626.6 and Denbighshire with 594.6.

Test positivity rates across Wales now stands at 14.4%, with Swansea having the greatest proportion of tests coming back positive at 16.8%. 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 24-hour period were Cardiff with 446, Caerphilly with 295, RCT with 276, Swansea with 270, Carmarthenshire with 228, and Vale of Glamorgan with 180.

Meanwhile Neath Port Talbot had 169 new cases, Bridgend had 141, Pembrokeshire had 133, Newport had 124, Gwynedd had 122, Conwy had 118, Powys had 112, Flintshire had 104, Denbighshire had 102, Torfaen had 99 and Wrexham had 97.

The local authorities with the lowest numbers of cases are Anglesey with 85, Monmouthshire with 79, Ceredigion with 61, Blaenau Gwent with 57 and Merthyr Tydfil with 49.

As of October 6 there were 547 people in general and acute hospital beds with coronavirus (confirmed, suspected, and recovering) – down on the 565 reported in the figures as of October 5.

Aneurin Bevan UHB had the most Covid patients in general and acute hospital beds on October 6 with 145, followed by Betsi Cadwaladr UHB with 121, Cwm Taf Morgannwg UHB with 100, Cardiff and Vale UHB with 81, Swansea Bay UHB with 57 and Hywel Dda UHB with 43.

As of October 6 there were 49 people in invasive ventilated beds in Wales with coronavirus. Hywel Dda UHB had the most with 11, Cwm Taf Morgannwg UHB had 10, Swansea Bay UHB had eight, Betsi Cadwaladr UHB also had eight, Cardiff and Vale UHB had seven, and Aneurin Bevan UHB had five

On Wednesday Public Health Wales figures showed that 2,387,746 people have had one dose of the coronavirus vaccine and 2,227,522 have had both doses.

The Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine will start 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: 45,114 (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: 78.3%
  • 18-29 years: 77.6%
  • 16-17 years: 71.9%

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: 44,522 (no percentage available)
  • 75-79 years: 96.2%
  • 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: 72.9%
  • 18-29 years: 69.6%
  • 16-17 years: 16.6%

Infection rate for every 100,000 people in each area for the seven days up to October 2:

Aneurin Bevan University Health Board

Blaenau Gwent: 399.4 (down from 433.7)

Newport: 446.1 (down from 482.9)

Caerphilly: 562.2 (down from 594.2)

Torfaen: 682.2 (down from 688.6)

Monmouthshire: 320.3 (down from 326.7)

Betsi Cadwaladr University Health Board

Conwy: 430 (down from 450.5)

Anglesey: 485.4 (down from 499.7)

Gwynedd: 411 (down from 443.2)

Denbighshire: 594.6 (down from 632.2)

Flintshire: 408.1 (down from 429.2)

Wrexham: 361.9 (down from 366.3)

Cardiff and Vale University Health Board

Cardiff: 542.1 (down from 557.4)

Vale of Glamorgan: 626.6 (down from 630.3)

Cwm Taf Morgannwg University Health Board

Merthyr Tydfil: 376.3 (down from 409.4)

Rhondda Cynon Taf: 489.5 (down from 520.2)

Bridgend: 435.2 (down from 456.3)

Hywel Dda University Health Board

Carmarthenshire: 577.9 (down from 580.6)

Pembrokeshire: 517.4 (up from 512.6)

Ceredigion: 309.5 (down from 323.3)

Powys Teaching Health Board

Powys: 314.9 (down from 319.4)

Swansea Bay University Health Board

Neath Port Talbot: 567.3 (down from 599.4)

Swansea: 541.3 (down from 546.2)

Wales total: 489.4 (down from507.3)

On Tuesday the Senedd voted to make it mandatory for people to show Covid passes before entering nightclubs and mass events in Wales.

But the legislation was only went through because one Conservative Member of the Senedd, Gareth Davies, did not take part - resulting in 28 voting in favour and 27 against.

The Welsh Conservatives have blamed "technical difficulties" for why the Vale of Clwyd MS could not take part.

The Night Time Industries Association has called for the vote to be held again, but none of the Senedd's party groups have done so.

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:

  • 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.

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