A further nine people have died with coronavirus in Wales and more than 300 new positive cases have been identified.

Figures from Public Health Wales published on Monday reveal that 319 new cases of Covid-19 have been confirmed in the latest 24-hour period. This brings the total since the start of the pandemic to 202,007.

The number of people who have died with coronavirus in Wales within a month of a positive test now stands at 5,246.

The infection rate across Wales has dropped to 80 per 100,000 population based on the seven days up to February 17. Infection rates have reduced to levels not seen since September.

The latest data also shows that 862,248 people have now received a first dose of the coronavirus vaccine, up 2,065 from the figure of 860,183 published 24 hours earlier.

Meanwhile, 42,752 people have now received both doses of the vaccine, a rise from 37,773 on Sunday.

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

  • 80 years and older: 165,499 (90.5%)
  • Aged 75-79 years: 124,525 (92.6%)
  • Aged 70-74 years: 169,545 (91.9%)
  • Care home residents: 14,758 (84.4%)
  • Care home workers: 36,363 (85.8%)
  • Healthcare workers: 122,955 (percentage not given)
  • Extremely clinically vulnerable: 65,552 (84.3%)

Key details

  • Deaths reported today: 9
  • Cases reported today: 319 (down from 336)
  • Number of tests carried out: 9,822 (down from 11,070)
  • Total deaths with lab-confirmed coronavirus in Wales: 5,246
  • Total number of people who have received a first dose of Covid-19 vaccine: 862,248
  • Total number of people who have received a two-dose course of Covid-19 vaccine: 42,752

Anglesey is now the local authority with the highest infection rate in Wales with a seven-day rate of 112.8 cases per 100,000 population, down from 122.8 on the day before.

Flintshire is second with 109.5 cases per 100,000 population, down from 122.4 reported previously.

Cardiff is third highest rate with 103.8 cases per 100,000, which is down from 105.8 on Sunday.

In terms of new cases reported in the last 24 hours, Cardiff has the most with 43, followed by Caerphilly with 26, Flintshire with 25 and RCT and Wrexham with 22.

All other local authorities had less than 20 new cases including Conwy and Swansea with 19, Carmarthenshire with 16, Torfaen with 15, Denbighshire with 14, Gwynedd with 13, Newport with 12 and Neath Port Talbot with 10.

All others had single figures for new cases including Monmouthshire, Anglesey and Powys with seven, Merthyr Tydfil with six, Bridgend with five, Vale of Glamorgan and Pembrokeshire with four and Blaenau Gwent and Ceredigion with three.

Across Wales the positivity rate of tests is down to 7.4% for the past seven-day period, which is below a key Welsh Government threshold for easing lockdown restrictions. The highest rate is in Flintshire where 11% of tests have come back positive in the last week.

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Cases per 100,000 based on seven-day rolling average (February 11 to February 17):

Aneurin Bevan University Health Board

Newport: 92.5 (up from 91.2)

Torfaen: 64.9 (down from 71.3)

Caerphilly: 84.5 (up from 77.9)

Monmouthshire: 64.5 (up from 62.4)

Blaenau Gwent: 60.1 (up from 53)

Betsi Cadwaladr University Health Board

Wrexham: 81.6 (down from 94.9)

Flintshire: 109.5 (down from 122.4)

Denbighshire: 72.1 (up from 71.1)

Gwynedd: 94.7 (down from 97.1)

Conwy: 90.4 (up from 88.7)

Anglesey: 112.8 (down from 122.8)

Cardiff and Vale University Health Board

Vale of Glamorgan: 82.3 (down from 86.6)

Cardiff: 103.8 (down from 105.8)

Cwm Taf Morgannwg University Health Board

Bridgend: 56.4 (up from 52.4)

Merthyr Tydfil: 66.3 (down from 72.9)

Rhondda Cynon Taf: 58.9 (down from 68.8)

Hywel Dda University Health Board

Carmarthenshire: 72.6 (down from 74.2)

Ceredigion: 33 (down from 33.3)

Pembrokeshire: 55.6 (up from 52.5)

Powys Teaching Health Board

Powys: 95.9 (down from 101.9)

Swansea Bay University Health Board

Neath Port Talbot: 80.2 (down from 84.4)

Swansea: 60.7 (down from 63.6)

Wales total: 80 (down from 82.6)

On Monday, foundation phase children aged three to seven returned to face-to-face learning.

Last Friday First Minister Mark Drakeford confirmed that providing infection rates continue to reduce, there could be scope for all primary school children and older secondary school pupils to return to class from Monday, March 15.

From Saturday, up to four people from two different households are allowed to exercise outdoors together but the stay-at-home restrictions remain in place.

Mr Drakeford has set longer-term goals for the re-opening of non-essential retail and close contact services such as hairdressers. These will all be discussed as part of the next 21-day review period ending on Friday, March 12.

“We have seen time and again the world over just how quickly the situation can deteriorate in a matter of weeks,” said Mr Drakeford.

“But, if we continue to see improvements to the public health situation here, and we don’t see a further wave of infections caused by any of the new variants circulating in the UK, I want to be clear about what we will be considering in the next review period.

“We will continue to take a careful and cautious approach towards relaxing restrictions – as we have throughout the pandemic – guided by the experts.”

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Dr Giri Shankar, incident director for the novel coronavirus (Covid-19) outbreak response at Public Health Wales, said: “Coronavirus rates have fallen in every part of Wales, but remain higher in some parts. We remind the public that we remain under level 4 restrictions to keep infection rates falling.

“Please stay at home, meet only the people you live with, work from home if you can, wear a face covering where required, wash your hands regularly, and stay two metres from anyone you do not live with.

“As primary school children aged three to seven years in foundation phase are returning to face-to-face learning today, we thank parents for their perseverance during the winter.

“We need your continued support to control the spread of coronavirus, so please do not send your child to school if they are unwell, even if you are not sure if they have coronavirus. Please continue to work from home if at all possible.

“When you take your child to school, always keep your distance from other parents, wear a face covering, and don’t stay around and chat. Please don’t invite other children or their parents to your home to play or stay, even outdoors, and even if they are in the same bubble at school.

“Make sure your child understands the importance of washing their hands regularly.”

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