A further 19 people have died with coronavirus in Wales while the number of new positive cases has fallen for a second day in a row.
Public Health Wales (PHW), in its daily update on Sunday, November 8, announced that 744 more people have been diagnosed with Covid-19 following a lab test. This was a fall from the 958 positive cases reported on Saturday, November 7.
PHW also confirmed that 19 more people had lost their lives with the virus to take the total to 2,033.
Merthyr Tydfil is still the local authority with the most cases per 100,000 over a seven-day average although the number has fallen to 523.8, a drop from 610 on Saturday.
Rhondda Cynon Taf (RCT) has the second highest incidence rate with 466.7 cases per 100,000, down from 517.3, while Blaenau Gwent is third with 409.4, down on 478.1 the previous day.
Wales as a whole now averages 219.1 cases per 100,000 people, a drop from 245.4 on Saturday and 254.9 on Friday. Wales’ fire-break lockdown ends on Monday — here are 21 things you can do in Wales from Monday that you can’t do today.
These are the key details on Sunday:
Deaths reported today: 19
Cases reported today: 744 (Down from 958 on Saturday)
Number of tests carried out: 12,106 (Down from 11,252 on Saturday)
Total deaths with lab-confirmed coronavirus in Wales: 2,033
Rhondda Cynon Taf reported the most positive cases in the last 24 hours with 102, followed by Cardiff with 57, Swansea with 55, Caerphilly with 55, Bridgend with 54, Flintshire with 46 and Wrexham with 43.
Newport had 34 new cases while cases in Merthyr Tydfil cases fell to 30; Carmarthenshire had 29, Neath Port Talbot had 25, Powys had 22, Conwy had 21, and Blaenau Gwent had 19.
Meanwhile, Torfaen had 17 new cases, Monmouthshire and the Vale of Glamorgan both reported 15 and Ceredigion had 14.
Four counties had the number of new cases in single figures including Denbighshire with nine, both Gwynedd and Anglesey with six and Pembrokshire with four.
Cases per 100,000 for rolling seven days (Oct 30-Nov 5)
Aneurin Bevan University Health Board
Blaenau Gwent: 409.4 (Down)
Caerphilly: 285.0 (Down)
Newport: 172.0 (Down)
Torfaen: 150.1 (Down)
Monmouthshire: 130.0 (Down)
Betsi Cadwaldr University Health Board
Wrexham: 225.1 (Down)
Flintshire: 149.9 (Down)
Denbighshire: 83.6 (Down)
Conwy: 82.8 (Up)
Anglesey: 60.0 (Down)
Gwynedd: 52.2 (Down)
Cardiff and Vale University Health Board
Cardiff: 242.8 (Down)
Vale of Glamorgan: 143.7 (Down)
Cwm Taf Morgannwg University Health Board
Merthyr Tydfil: 523.8 (Down)
Rhondda Cynon Taf: 466.7 (Down)
Bridgend: 310.8 (Down)
Hywel Dda University Health Board
Carmarthenshire: 142.5 (Down)
Ceredigion: 61.9 (Up)
Pembrokeshire: 38.9 (Down)
Powys Teaching Health Board
Powys: 125.3 (Down)
Swansea Bay University Health Board
Swansea: 317.4 (Down)
Neath Port Talbot: 277.7 (Down)
Wales total – 219.1 (Down)
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This Sunday will be the last day of Wales’ 17-day fire-break lockdown.
The rules have required people to stay at home wherever possible, non-essential retail has been shut, and secondary schools have closed for those in year nine and above.
Travel restrictions will be lifted after the fire-break ends on Monday and pubs, cafes and restaurants will reopen, although there will be a two hour limit on how long you should spend in pubs.
Meanwhile people from two households will be able to form bubbles again. The new rules will last for two weeks after which they will be reviewed to see if further changes can be made.
Earlier today Welsh First Minister Mark Drakeford admitted he doesn’t expect to see the impact of the two-week firebreak in Wales until after it ends on Monday.
He also believes there is “a path through to Christmas” without the need for another lockdown, but that depends on how people behave.
Speaking to Sophy Ridge on Sky on Sunday morning, the last day of the 17-day fire-break, Mark Drakeford said he is anticipating the number of new cases to continue to rise, even after the fire-break restrictions are eased.
Mr Drakeford said: “Early indications, particularly in things like travel, tell us that people in Wales have done what we’ve asked of them.
“When we come out of our firebreak period tomorrow (Monday), then we will need to go on doing everything we can to keep this virus under proper suppression.”
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Dr Giri Shankar, Incident Director for the Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak response at Public Health Wales, said: “Public Health Wales will work with Welsh Government to monitor the effect of the regulations which will come in at the end of the current fire-break period on Monday 9 November 2020. We support the call for the public to take personal responsibility for their actions and to ensure that we are all doing as much as possible to limit the transmission of Coronavirus.
“Today is Remembrance Sunday, and we remind members of the public to please pay tribute to our heroes from the safety of your home. Outdoor Acts of Remembrance can be held this weekend involving a maximum of 30 people, including event organisers. Indoor services are not permitted, so we would ask people to be responsible when paying their respects to those who have lost their lives in war.
“Urgent action has been taken following reports from health authorities in Denmark that widespread outbreaks of Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19) has been found in mink farms, with subsequent spread of a mink-variant virus to the local community.
“Denmark was removed from the UK Coronavirus travel corridor list on Friday 6 November. Any travellers returning to the UK will now be required to self-isolate for 14 days according to the national guidance and legislation https://www.gov.uk/uk-border-control/self-isolating-when-you-arrive.
“This decision has been taken as a precautionary measure and will prevent risk to Wales and the UK from this new strain. Public Health Wales will be in touch with Welsh residents who have been in Denmark in the past 14 days to explain that they and their households are required to self-isolate.
“We would also advise all members of the public with pet mink or ferrets to avoid contact with them while symptomatic with any COVID symptoms.
“As we approach the end of the fire-break period in Wales, we remind everyone that this does not mean a return to normality.
“Coronavirus is still active in communities across Wales, so we all need to take steps to keep everyone safe and to prevent the transmission of the disease.”