A further 27 people have died with coronavirus in Wales as another 1,079 people tested positive for the virus.

Latest figures from Public Health Wales published on Saturday, January 23, show 1,079 new cases of the virus have been recorded to bring the total since the pandemic began to 186,915. The overall death total with lab-confirmed coronavirus now stands at 4,487 in Wales.

Following the latest figures, the Wales infection rate is now down to 261 cases per 100,000 people based on the seven days up to January 18. That is a decrease on the 271 previously reported.

Moving below a level of 300 cases for every 100,000 and remaining there over a sustained period is one of the key benchmarks for moving out of alert level four lockdown.

However, other measures watched by the Welsh Government suggest any change may not come quickly. The percentage of tests coming back positive is still significantly above the 10% benchmark. See the full details of the lockdown tiers here.

PHW data also shows 240,547 people have now received a first dose of the coronavirus vaccine as of 10pm on Thursday, up 28,230 on the figure published on Friday.

This is an increase on the number reported on Friday, which was the biggest daily leap since the start of the vaccination rollout.

There are 469 people who have received both of their vaccine jabs.

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

  • 80 years and older: 70,892 received first dose (38.7%).
  • Care home residents: 10,594 received first dose (63.2%).
  • Care home workers: 22,852 received first dose (72.3%).
  • Healthcare worker: 94,367 received first dose (percentage not given).

The percentage of tests producing positive results in the week to January 18 is now 16.3%, a fall on the 30% positivity rate recorded over the Christmas period. Locally, the areas with the highest positivity rates are Wrexham with 25%, Flintshire with 21.9% and Bridgend with 21.1%.

Key details

  • Deaths reported today: 27

  • Cases reported today: 1,079

  • .Number of tests carried out: 15,780 (Up from 14,968).

  • Total deaths with lab-confirmed coronavirus in Wales: 4,486.

  • Total number of people who have received a first dose of Covid-19 vaccine: 240,547.

  • Total number of people who have received a two dose course of Covid-19 vaccine: 469.

Wrexham remains the local authority with the highest infection rate in Wales with a seven-day rate of 609.8 cases per 100,000 population, which is down from 660.5 on Thursday.

Flintshire has the second highest rate with 453.6 cases per 100,000, down from 464.4 the day before.

Bridgend is third with 329.1 per 100,000 population, down from 330.5 .

Wrexham had the highest number of new cases reported on Saturday with 126, followed by Cardiff with 105, Carmarthenshire with 85, Rhondda Cynon Taf with 78, Flintshire with 72, Swansea with 61, Caerphilly with 59 and Newport with 51.

Bridgend reported 42 new cases, Vale of Glamorgan, 40, Denbigshire, 36, Powys and Pembrokeshire North, 35, Denbigshire, 36, and Neath Port Talbot, 31.

Torfaen reported 21 new cases, Blaenau Gwent 22, Monmouthshire 18, Gwynedd 20, Anglesesy 12, Conwy 24, Merthyr Tydfil 15 and Ceredigion 2.

Cases per 100,000 for rolling seven days (January 12 to January 18)

Aneurin Bevan University Health Board

Newport: 311.6 (Up from 309)

Torfaen: 240.5 (Down from 248)

Caerphilly: 220 (Down from 244.1)

Monmouthshire: 153.3 (Down from 187.1)

Blaenau Gwent: 151.7 (Down from 161.7)

Betsi Cadwaladr University Health Board

Wrexham: 609.8 (Down from 660.5)

Flintshire: 453.6 (Down from 464.4)

Denbighshire: 322.9 (Down from 331.3)

Gwynedd: 213.6 (Up from 203.9)

Conwy: 161.3 (Down from 169.8)

Anglesey: 139.9(Up from 131.3)

Cardiff and Vale University Health Board

Vale of Glamorgan: 267.2 (Down from 291.9)

Cardiff: 266 (Down from 282.1)

Cwm Taf Morgannwg University Health Board

Bridgend: 329.1 (Down from 330.5)

Merthyr Tydfil: 245.3 (Down from 263.6)

Rhondda Cynon Taf: 227.6 (Down from 245.4)

Hywel Dda University Health Board

Carmarthenshire: 256.9 (Down from 261.7)

Ceredigion: 158.2 (Upfrom 151.3)

Pembrokeshire: 188.4 (Up from 161.3)

Powys Teaching Health Board

Powys: 188.8(Down from 189.5)

Swansea Bay University Health Board

Neath Port Talbot: 256.1 (Up from 251.9)

Swansea: 168.8 (Down from 183)

Wales total – 260.9(Down from271)

Dr Chris Willaims, incident director for the coronavirus outbreak response at Public Health Wales, said: “Public Health Wales is working with Public Health England and other UK partners to monitor the impact and spread of the UK variant, and to detect and monitor other virus variants. As reported yesterday, there is evidence which suggests that the UK variant of concern may lead to a higher risk of death than the non-variant.

“We continue to investigate and respond to the spread of the variant and its impact in Wales. Evidence is still emerging and more work is underway to fully understand how it behaves.

“It is important to remember that all current variants of COVID-19 are still spreading and can cause severe illness and death. Therefore it is important to stay at home, and to reduce opportunities for spread by keeping your distance, washing hands regularly, and covering your face.”

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