Another 62 people have died with coronavirus in Wales and 2,373 new cases have been reported.

Latest figures from Public Health Wales published on Saturday, January 9 show 2,373 new cases of the virus have been recorded to bring the total since the pandemic began to 168,094. The overall death total now stands at 3,919 in Wales.

The infection rate is now 470.8 cases per 100,000 people based on the seven days up to January 4. That is an increase on the 464.9 previously reported.

The percentage of tests producing positive results in the week to January 4 is now 22.7%. Locally, the areas with the highest positivity are in Bridgend at 32.2%, Wrexham at 30.6%, and Flintshire at 27.7%.

These figures are based on the date tests were done, not the date test results were included on the system. The data is correct up to 9am on January 8.

Public Health Wales has urged people to consider day-to-day fluctuations with caution as “data flow issues” may affect the figures.

Coronavirus: Key details

Deaths reported today: 62

Cases reported today: 2,373

Number of tests carried out: 19,332 (up from 18,712)

Total deaths with lab-confirmed coronavirus in Wales: 3,919

Video Loading

Video Unavailable

Click to play
Tap to play

The video will auto-play soon8Cancel

Play now

Wrexham is now the local authority with the highest infection rate in Wales with a seven-day rate of 959.9 cases per 100,000, up from 904.7 on Friday.

Bridgend has now dropped to second with a seven-day rate of 865.0 cases per 100,000 population, an increase from 894.3 on the day before.

Flintshire is now third with 750.8 per 100,000 population, an increase from 673.3.

Wrexham had the highest number of new cases with 242, followed by Cardiff with 227, Flintshire with 208, Bridgend with 160, Rhondda Cynon Taf with 147, Denbighshire with 123, Newport with 118 and Swansea with 111.

Torfaen, Neath Port Talbot and Caerphilly each had 88 new cases, Vale of Glamorgan had 82, Carmarthenshire had 77, Conwy had 71, Monmouthshire had 65 and Powys had 58.

Meanwhile Gwynedd had 52, Pembrokeshire 49, Merthyr Tydfil had 44, Blaenau Gwent had 25, Ceredigion had 18 and Anglesey had 16.

Cases per 100,000 for rolling seven days (December 29 to January 4)

Aneurin Bevan University Health Board

Newport: 558.6 (down from 585.7)

Caerphilly: 462.8 (down from 483.2)

Blaenau Gwent: 542.5 (up from 523.9)

Torfaen: 550.2 (down from 583.5)

Monmouthshire: 344.6 (up from 315)

Betsi Cadwaladr University Health Board

Wrexham: 959.9 (up from 904.7)

Flintshire: 750.8 (up from 673.3)

Denbighshire: 418.0 (up from 416.9)

Conwy: 181.7 (up from 178.3)

Gwynedd: 100.4 (up from 82.7)

Anglesey: 195.6 (up from 184.2)

Cardiff and Vale University Health Board

Cardiff: 432.5 (down from 439.9)

Vale of Glamorgan: 509.8 (up from 497.1)

Cwm Taf Morgannwg University Health Board

Merthyr Tydfil: 679.6 (up from 648.1)

Bridgend: 865.0 (down from 894.3)

Rhondda Cynon Taf: 528.9 (down from 537.6)

Hywel Dda University Health Board

Carmarthenshire: 398.4 (up from 405.3)

Ceredigion: 196.7 (down from 198.1)

Pembrokeshire: 222.5 (up from 202.7)

Powys Teaching Health Board

Powys: 240.1 (up from 226.5)

Swansea Bay University Health Board

Neath Port Talbot: 478.7 (down from 486.3)

Swansea: 399.2 (down from 401.6)

Wales total – 470.8 (up from 464.9)

All of Wales is now in full lockdown at alert level four which means that:

People must stay at home, except for very limited purposes People must not visit other households, or meet other people they do not live with Many types of businesses are required to close.

The level four restrictions apply to the whole of Wales and will continue until January 29 when they will be reviewed again.

The Welsh Government announced on Friday that schools and colleges in Wales will stay closed to most pupils until the February half term unless there is a “significant” fall in Covid cases.

First Minister Mark Drakeford confirmed current lockdown restrictions would be extended and “strengthened”, meaning non-essential retail, hospitality venues, licensed premises and leisure facilities remain closed and showrooms must now shut as well.

The phased return to face-to-face learning at some Welsh universities has also been postponed, while internal GCSE, A-level and AS-level assessments have been cancelled.

Find out how many cases are in your area

Dr Robin Howe, incident director for the novel coronavirus outbreak response at Public Health Wales, said: “The number of positive coronavirus cases remains extremely high in Wales and is cause for serious concern.

“Vaccinating the adult population of Wales, to protect people from severe disease, is a significant task and the vaccine will take time to reach everyone.

“The effects of the vaccines may not be seen nationally for some time, and with Wales at alert level four we must continue to follow the advice on keeping Wales safe. Stay at home, meet only the people you live with, maintain social distancing, wash your hands regularly, and work from home if you can.”



Source link