Thirteen more people have died with coronavirus in Wales and more than 200 new positive cases have been identified.
Figures from Public Health Wales published on Wednesday reveal that 236 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 202,560.
The number of people who have died with coronavirus in Wales within a month of a positive test now stands at 5,263.
The infection rate across Wales has dropped to 75.7 per 100,000 population based on the seven days up to February 19. Infection rates have reduced to levels not seen since September.
The latest data also shows that 878,506 people have now received a first dose of the coronavirus vaccine, up 8,853 from the figure of 869,653 published 24 hours earlier. On Wednesday the health minister announced that all adults in Wales will be offered a Covid-19 vaccine by July 31.
Meanwhile 59,279 people have now received both doses of the vaccine, a rise from 49,729 on Tuesday.
Uptake of the first dose by priority group (according to PHW):
- 80 years and older: 165,902 (90.8%)
- Aged 75-79 years: 124,982 (92.9%)
- Aged 70-74 years: 170,217 (92.1%)
- Care home residents: 14,824 (85%)
- Care home workers: 36,610 (86%)
- Healthcare workers: 123,646 (percentage not given)
- Extremely clinically vulnerable: 66,165 (85.1%)
- Deaths reported today: 13
- Cases reported today: 236 (down from 317)
- Number of tests carried out: 5,782 (down from 6,300)
- Total deaths with lab-confirmed coronavirus in Wales: 5,263
- Total number of people who have received a first dose of Covid-19 vaccine: 878,506
- Total number of people who have received a two-dose course of Covid-19 vaccine: 59,279
Flintshire is the local authority with the highest infection rate in Wales with a seven-day rate of 103.1 cases per 100,000 population, down from 107.6 reported previously.
Anglesey is now second with a seven-day rate of 102.8 cases per 100,000 population, down from 114.2 on the day before.
Cardiff has the third-highest rate with 102.5 cases per 100,000, which is down from 106 on Tuesday.
In terms of new cases reported in the last 24 hours Cardiff has the most with 36, followed by Flintshire with 18, Newport with 17, RCT with 15, and Caerphilly with 13.
Vale of Glamorgan, Bridgend, and Swansea had 12 new cases while Torfaen and Wrexham had 11 and Conwy, Denbighshire, and Neath Port Talbot all had 10.
All others had single figures for new cases including Carmarthenshire with eight, Gwynedd and Powys with seven, Monmouthshire, Pembrokeshire and Anglesey with four, and Blaenau Gwent and Merthyr Tydfil with two.
Ceredigion was the only local authority to report no new cases in the last 24 hours.
Across Wales the positivity rate of tests is down to 6.9% 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 10.2% of tests have come back positive in the last week.
Cases per 100,000 based on seven-day rolling average (February 13 to February 19):
Aneurin Bevan University Health Board
Newport: 93.1 (down from 95.7)
Torfaen: 67 (up from 59.6)
Caerphilly: 87.8 (down from 92.8)
Monmouthshire: 57.1 (down from 61.3)
Blaenau Gwent: 48.7 (down from 54.4)
Betsi Cadwaladr University Health Board
Wrexham: 75.8 (down from 78.7)
Flintshire: 103.1 (down from 107.6)
Denbighshire: 86.7 (up from 77.3)
Gwynedd: 82.7 (down from 95.5)
Conwy: 92.1 (unchanged)
Anglesey: 102.8 (down from 114.2)
Cardiff and Vale University Health Board
Vale of Glamorgan: 70.4 (down from 74.1)
Cardiff: 102.5 (down from 106.)
Cwm Taf Morgannwg University Health Board
Bridgend: 50.3 (down from 51.0)
Merthyr Tydfil: 61.3 (unchanged)
Rhondda Cynon Taf: 58 (up from 55.1)
Hywel Dda University Health Board
Carmarthenshire: 71.5 (down from 73.1)
Ceredigion: 27.5 (down from 31.6)
Pembrokeshire: 44.5 (down from 55.6)
Powys Teaching Health Board
Powys: 87.6 (down from 98.9)
Swansea Bay University Health Board
Neath Port Talbot: 63.5 (down from 65.6)
Swansea: 53.4 (down from 56.7)
Wales total : 75.7 (down from 78.9)
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On Wednesday health minister Vaughan Gething confirmed that all eligible adults in Wales would be offered the vaccine by July 31 as long as the supply “matches our ambition”.
“Our incredible vaccine programme is a beacon of hope that will help guide us out of lockdown,” he said.
He added that a new workplace testing framework being will extend the rapid and regular testing to public and private organisations with more than 50 employees.
“The priority will be workplaces that have a higher exposure to risk, involve people working in close proximity to others, and those that deliver key services for the people of Wales,” he added.
“By expanding testing to detect more cases more quickly, particularly those that are asymptomatic, we may well see an uptick in the figures for the prevalence of the virus in Wales.”
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Dr Robin Howe, incident director for the novel coronavirus (Covid-19) outbreak response at Public Health Wales, said: “Yesterday Public Health Wales confirmed four additional cases of the South African variant of coronavirus in Wales since the previous update on February 17, bringing the total number to 21.
“We have identified a single case of the South African variant as part of routine genomic sequencing in the Flintshire local authority area with no known link to relevant contacts or travel history. The individual was self-isolating while symptomatic and there is no evidence of wider community transmission. An investigation is ongoing.
“We have identified an additional positive case of the South African variant in the Conwy local authority area. The case has a travel history and the investigation is ongoing.
“We have identified two additional positive cases in west Wales with a link to relevant contacts. These cases are linked with the travel-associated cases we confirmed on February 17 in west Wales.
“There remains no evidence of sustained community transmission of the South African variant in Wales. Anyone who is a contact of theses case will be contacted through the Test, Trace, Protect process and provided with additional advice for themselves, their household, and other contacts.
“There is no evidence that the South African variant causes more serious illness although there is some evidence that it can spread more easily and that vaccines – although still effective – may not work quite as well against it.
“Because of the emergence of new more transmissible variants it is even more vital that we all keep to the lockdown restrictions and do not meet other people.
“This means that you must stay at home. If you must leave home keep your distance, wash your hands regularly, and wear a face mask when required according to the regulations.”