Another 45 people have died with coronavirus in Wales and more than 1,600 new cases have been reported.

Latest figures from Public Health Wales published on Sunday, January 10 show 1,660 new cases of the virus have been recorded to bring the total since the pandemic began to 169,754. The overall death total now stands at 3,964 in Wales.

The infection rate in Wales is now 435.9 cases per 100,000 people based on the seven days up to January 5. That is down on the 470.8 previously reported.

The percentage of tests producing positive results in the week to January 4 is now 21.9%. Locally, the areas with the highest positivity are in Bridgend at 30.4%, Wrexham at 29.8%, and Flintshire at 28.7%.

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 9.

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: 45

Cases reported today: 1,660

Number of tests carried out: 18,110 (down from 19,332)

Total deaths with lab-confirmed coronavirus in Wales: 3,964

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Wrexham is the local authority with the highest infection rate in Wales with a seven-day rate of 897.3 cases per 100,000, down from 959.9 on Saturday.

Flintshire has risen to second with a seven-day rate of 754.6 cases per 100,000 population, an increase from 750.8 on the day before.

Bridgend is now third with 739.9 per 100,000 population, an drop from 865.0.

Wrexham had the highest number of new cases with 174, followed by Cardiff with 169, Flintshire with 165, Rhondda Cynon Taf with 129, Bridgend with 108, Newport with 84 and Caerphilly and Carmarthenshire with 81.

Swansea had 74, Neath Port Talbot had 62, Vale of Glamorgan had 59, Denbighshire had 57, Torfaen had 47, Conwy had 39 and Monmouthshire had 38.

Meanwhile Gwynedd had 36, Merthyr Tydfil had 30, Blaenau Gwent had 29, Pembrokeshire had 26, Powys and Anglesey both had 17 and Ceredigion had 11.

Cases per 100,000 for rolling seven days (December 29 to January 5)

Aneurin Bevan University Health Board

Newport: 498.5 (down from 558.6)

Caerphilly: 421.9 (down from 462.8)

Blaenau Gwent: 516.7 (down from 542.5)

Torfaen: 525.8 (down from 550.2)

Monmouthshire: 309.8 (down from 344.6)

Betsi Cadwaladr University Health Board

Wrexham: 897.3 (down from 959.9)

Flintshire: 754.6(up from 750.8)

Denbighshire: 418.0 (no change)

Conwy: 196.2 (up from 181.7)

Gwynedd: 110.0 (up from 100.4)

Anglesey: 179.9 (down from 195.6)

Cardiff and Vale University Health Board

Cardiff: 384.8 (down from 432.5)

Vale of Glamorgan: 449.9 (down from 509.8)

Cwm Taf Morgannwg University Health Board

Merthyr Tydfil: 646.5 (down from 679.6)

Bridgend: 739.9 (down from 865.0)

Rhondda Cynon Taf: 491.6 (down from 528.0)

Hywel Dda University Health Board

Carmarthenshire: 365.0 (down from 398.4)

Ceredigion: 159.6 (down from 196.7)

Pembrokeshire: 248.8 (up from 222.5)

Powys Teaching Health Board

Powys: 241.6 (up from 240.1)

Swansea Bay University Health Board

Neath Port Talbot: 409.6 (down from 478.7)

Swansea: 361.1 (down from 399.2)

Wales total 435.9 (down from 470.8)

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.

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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.”



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