Coronavirus infection rates, cases and deaths for all parts of Wales on Wednesday, September 15

By Mark Smith

A further 10 people have died with coronavirus in Wales according to the latest update from Public Health Wales.

New data published on Wednesday, September 15, revealed there were also 2,298 new positive cases across Wales, bringing the total number since the pandemic began to 314,590.

The latest seven-day infection rate across Wales is now 500.1 cases for every 100,000 people (seven days up to September 10) - down on the 510.8 reported on Tuesday.

Figures released today cover a 24-hour period up to 9am on September 14.

Read more: Children aged 12 to 15 will be vaccinated against Covid in Wales and over 50s will get booster jab

The local authority with the highest infection rate in Wales is now Carmarthenshire with 717.3 cases per 100,000 population over seven days (down from 719.9 the previous day), followed by Neath Port Talbot with 704 and Merthyr Tydfil with 702.8.

The areas of the country recording the highest numbers of Covid cases in the latest 24-hour period were Rhondda Cynon Taf with 209, Cardiff with 202, Neath Port Talbot with 199, Swansea with 190, Caerphilly with 171 and Carmarthenshire with 161.

Other areas with 50 new cases or more included Flintshire with 125, Conwy with 100, Wrexham with 94, Vale of Glamorgan with 92, Powys with 81, Bridgend with 80, Blaenau Gwent with 74, Newport with 72, Gwynedd with 67, Pembrokeshire with 64, Torfaen with 57 and Denbighshire with 50.

The only local authorities reporting under 50 cases were Merthyr Tydfil and Ceredigion with 43, Anglesey with 40 and Monmouthshire with 24.

As of September 14 there were 588 people in general and acute hospital beds with coronavirus (confirmed, suspected, and recovering) - down from 591 which was reported in the figures as of September 13.

Cwm Taf Morgannwg UHB had the most Covid patients in general and acute hospital beds on September 14 with 135, followed by Betsi Cadwaladr UHB with 133, Aneurin Bevan UHB with 130,Cardiff and Vale UHB with 66, Swansea Bay UHB with 62, Hywel Dda UHB with 60 and Powys Teaching Health Board with two.

As of September 14 there were 47 people in invasive ventilated beds in Wales with coronavirus – down from 48 on September 13. Hywel Dda UHB had the most with 11, Betsi Cadwaladr UHB had 10, Cwm Taf Morgannwg UHB and Swansea Bay UHB both had eight, and Cardiff and Vale UHB and Aneurin Bevan UHB both had five.

In terms of the vaccination rollout in Wales, on Wednesday figures showed that 2,368,524 people have received a first dose of the Covid vaccine while 2,203,362 have had both doses.

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

  • Care home residents: 98.1%
  • Care home workers: 94.1%
  • 80 years and older: 96.2%
  • Healthcare workers: 96.9%
  • Social care workers: 45,768 (no percentage available)
  • 75-79 years: 97%
  • 70-74 years: 96.3%
  • Clinically extremely vulnerable 16-69 years: 95.1%
  • 65-69 years: 95.2%
  • Clinical risk groups 16-64 years: 90.5%
  • 60-64 years: 93.5%
  • 55-59 years: 91.8%
  • 50-54 years: 90%
  • 40-49 years: 90.9%
  • 30-39 years: 86.8%
  • 18-29 years: 87.8%
  • 16-17 years: 86%

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

  • Care home residents: 95.8%
  • Care home workers: 90.9%
  • 80 years and older: 95.1%
  • Healthcare workers: 94.9%
  • Social care workers: 45,089 (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: 87.1%
  • 60-64 years: 92.3%
  • 55-59 years: 90.2%
  • 50-54 years: 87.9%
  • 40-49 years: 87.3%
  • 30-39 years: 80.2%
  • 18-29 years: 77.3%
  • 16-17 years: 16.1%

Infection rate for every 100,000 people in each area for the seven days up to September 10:

Aneurin Bevan University Health Board

Blaenau Gwent: 523.9 (up from 506.7)

Newport: 440.3 (down from 455.1)

Caerphilly: 641.2 (up from 639.5)

Torfaen: 460.8 (up from 422.5)

Monmouthshire: 231.5 (down from 242.1)

Betsi Cadwaladr University Health Board

Conwy: 512.8 (down from 539.2)

Anglesey: 421.2 (down from 422.6)

Gwynedd: 459.2 (up from 455.2)

Denbighshire: 519.4 (down from 557)

Flintshire: 401.7 (down from 404.2)

Wrexham: 392.8 (down from 394.2)

Cardiff and Vale University Health Board

Cardiff: 379.9 (down from 398.7)

Vale of Glamorgan: 508.3 (down from 539.7)

Cwm Taf Morgannwg University Health Board

Merthyr Tydfil: 702.8 (down from 742.6)

Rhondda Cynon Taf: 556.7 (down from 564.1)

Bridgend: 430.5 (down from 452.2)

Hywel Dda University Health Board

Carmarthenshire: 717.3 (down from 719.9)

Pembrokeshire: 332.2 (down from 356.9)

Ceredigion: 458.1 (down from 496.6)

Powys Teaching Health Board

Powys: 402.5 (down from 404.7)

Swansea Bay University Health Board

Neath Port Talbot: 704 (down from 713.8)

Swansea: 641.3 (down from 653.5)

Wales total: 500.1 (down from 510.8 )

On Tuesday it was announced that all healthy 12 to 15-year-olds in Wales will be offered a first dose of a coronavirus vaccine.

Health Minister Eluned Morgan said the Welsh Government will accept the advice from the UK's four chief medical officers who looked at the wider health and wellbeing benefits of vaccination for this age group.

In a joint statement to each of the UK's health ministers on Monday, the four CMOs concluded that vaccination will help reduce transmission of Covid-19 in schools and reduce - but not eliminate - education disruption. For more details please go here.

Speaking on Tuesday during the Welsh Government's press conference, Baroness Morgan said: "I have today accepted this advice and we will now begin preparations to invite 12 to 15-year-olds who have not yet been vaccinated to have a first dose of the Pfizer vaccine."

Meanwhile, booster jabs for frontline healthcare workers, care home residents, over 50s and younger adults with health conditions have been recommended by the JCVI and will now be rolled out across Wales as soon as next week.

The Pfizer jab is recommended, regardless of which vaccine people had previously, and it should be given at least six months after the second dose.

Baroness Morgan added: "We have been preparing for an autumn booster campaign over the summer.

"Our NHS is ready to deliver this and we will start next week by offering a booster vaccine to people living and working in care homes and frontline health and social care staff.

"We will then offer it to everyone over 50, all frontline health and social care staff and all those with underlying health conditions – just as we did with the first two doses of the vaccine."

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