Sixteen more people have died with coronavirus in Wales and more than 300 new positive cases have been identified.
Figures from Public Health Wales published on Friday reveal that 308 new cases of Covid-19 have been confirmed in the latest 24-hour period, a slight decrease from 312 the previous day. This brings the total since the start of the pandemic to 203,180.
The number of people who have died with coronavirus in Wales within a month of a positive test now stands at 5,300.
The infection rate across Wales is now 75.2 cases per 100,000 population based on the seven days up to February 21, a slight drop on 75.4 cases reported yesterday. Infection rates have reduced to levels not seen since September but are now falling much more slowly than they were in January.
The latest data also shows that 902,334 people have now received a first dose of the coronavirus vaccine, up 13,064 from the figure of 889,270 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 80,062 people have now received both doses of the vaccine, a rise from 69,851 on Thursday.
Uptake of the first dose by priority group (according to PHW):
- 80 years and older: 166,477 (91%)
- Aged 75-79 years: 125,464 (93.2%)
- Aged 70-74 years: 171,147 (92.7%)
- Care home residents: 15,132 (85.8%)
- Care home workers: 32,862 (83%)
- Healthcare workers: 125,153 (percentage not given)
- Extremely clinically vulnerable: 67,307 (87%)
- Deaths reported today: 15
- Cases reported today: 308 (down from 312)
- Number of tests carried out: 13,878 (up from 10,887)
- Total deaths with lab-confirmed coronavirus in Wales: 5,300
- Total number of people who have received a first dose of Covid-19 vaccine: 902,334
- Total number of people who have received a two-dose course of Covid-19 vaccine: 80,062
Anglesey has become the local authority with the highest infection rate in Wales with a seven-day rate of 108.5 cases per 100,000, up from 101.4 on the day before.
Cardiff is now second with a seven-day rate of 98.7 per 100,000 population, down from 103.8 reported previously.
Conwy is third after reporting 94.7 cases per 100,000, up from 93.9.
In terms of new cases reported in the last 24 hours Caerphilly has the most with 43, followed by Swansea with 31, Gwynedd with 23 and Flintshire and Carmarthenshire with 20.
Meanwhile Newport had 18, Powys had 17, Cardiff had 16, Conwy had 14, Neath Port Talbot with 12, Rhondda Cynon Taf with 11 and Blaenau Gwent and Vale of Glamorgan with 10.
All others had single figures for new cases including Monmouthshire, Wrexham and Torfaen with eight, Bridgend with seven, Merthyr Tydfil with six, Pembrokeshire with five, Ceredigion with four and Denbighshire and Anglesey with three.
Across Wales the positivity rate of tests is unchanged at 6.8% for the past seven-day period, which is below a key Welsh Government threshold for easing lockdown restrictions. The highest rate is in Cardiff where 9.2% of tests have come back positive in the last week.
Cases per 100,000 based on seven-day rolling average (February 15 to February 21):
Aneurin Bevan University Health Board
Newport: 92.5 (up from 86)
Torfaen: 85.1 (up from 76.6)
Caerphilly: 90 (down from 91.1)
Monmouthshire: 52.9 (down from 63.4)
Blaenau Gwent: 53 (up from 50.1)
Betsi Cadwaladr University Health Board
Wrexham: 67.7 (down from 69.9)
Flintshire: 92.9 (down from 97.4)
Denbighshire: 86.7 (unchanged)
Gwynedd: 85.1 (up from 80.3)
Conwy: 94.7 (up from 93.9)
Anglesey: 108.5 (up from 101.4)
Cardiff and Vale University Health Board
Vale of Glamorgan: 65.1 (up from 62.9)
Cardiff: 98.7 (down from 103.8)
Cwm Taf Morgannwg University Health Board
Bridgend: 45.6 (down from 47.6)
Merthyr Tydfil: 74.6 (up from 69.6)
Rhondda Cynon Taf: 59.7 (down from 60.9)
Hywel Dda University Health Board
Carmarthenshire: 71 (down from 72)
Ceredigion: 31.6 (up from 28.9)
Pembrokeshire: 47.7 (up from 46.9)
Powys Teaching Health Board
Powys: 86.1 (unchanged)
Swansea Bay University Health Board
Neath Port Talbot: 59.3 (unchanged)
Swansea: 55.5 (up from 53.4)
Wales total : 75.2 (down from 75.4)
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Wales’ two top doctors said on Friday that Wales is on course to give one million vaccinations by Saturday, February 27.
Dr Andrew Goodall, chief executive of NHS Wales, and Dr Frank Atherton, chief medical officer for Wales, praised the amazing efforts of staff.
Dr Goodall said: “The main reason for the recent improvement is the action the people of Wales have taken to stay at home. You have made a big difference in reducing the virus in our communities over recent weeks.”
He added: “We have seen a drop in the proportion of GP consultations identified as coronavirus incidence reported by Public Health Wales – this represents around a 70% reduction since January.
“The Welsh Ambulance Service has confirmed that the percentage of ambulance demand related to Covid has reduced to around 9% (from a high of 20%). Whilst improving this still means that one in 10 ambulance calls are to help someone with coronavirus.
“The number of people admitted daily to hospital with coronavirus symptoms has been reducing over the last month. There are now on average around 70 coronavirus hospital admissions a day, down from a peak of around 130 a day in January.”
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Dr Goodall added: “There are almost 1,650 covid-related patients in Welsh hospitals – this is 7% lower than the same point last week and around 1200 less than the peak in January. This is the lowest number since the 19 November.
“However, despite these improvements, this means that we still have 250 more patients in hospital beds than at the peak of the first wave experienced in April last year.
“I remain concerned about this sustained pressure on our critical care facilities and hard-working staff.
“Today, there are 60 covid-related patients in critical care beds, which is a quarter lower than last week and two-thirds lower than at its peak.
“However, despite falling numbers, our staff are supporting the equivalent of 110% occupancy in critical care.
“It is really positive to see recent improvements in the trends that show our collective response against coronavirus is working and we hope and expect that this good progress will continue.
“However, I need to emphasise that our overall numbers in hospital remain high. This is serious and affects the ability of the NHS to undertake other activities. It would not take much to see these numbers go up very quickly if the virus once again spread through our communities. “