Sixteen more people have died with coronavirus in Wales nearly 200 new positive cases have been identified.
Figures from Public Health Wales published on Saturday reveal that 198 new cases of Covid-19 have been confirmed in the latest 24-hour period, compared to more than 300 on Friday. This brings the total since the start of the pandemic to 203,378.
The number of people who have died with coronavirus in Wales within a month of a positive test now stands at 5,316.
The infection rate across Wales is now 71.6 cases per 100,000 population based on the seven days up to February 22, a drop on 75.2 cases reported on Friday. Infection rates have reduced to levels not seen since September.
The latest data also shows that 916,336 people have now received a first dose of the coronavirus vaccine, up 14,002 from the figure of 902,334 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, 89,053 people have now received both doses of the vaccine, a rise from 80,062 on Friday.
Uptake of the first dose by priority group (according to PHW):
- 80 years and older: 166,726 (91.2%)
- Aged 75-79 years: 125,696 (93.4%)
- Aged 70-74 years: 171,551 (92.9%)
- Care home residents: 15,144 (85.9%)
- Care home workers: 32,976 (83.3%)
- Healthcare workers: 125,704 (86.2%)
- Extremely clinically vulnerable: 67,740 (87.6%)
- Deaths reported today: 16
- Cases reported today: 198 (Down from 308)
- Number of tests carried out: 11,909 (Down from 13,878)
- Total deaths with lab-confirmed coronavirus in Wales: 5,316
- Total number of people who have received a first dose of Covid-19 vaccine: 916,336
- Total number of people who have received a two-dose course of Covid-19 vaccine: 89,053
Anglesey has become the local authority with the highest infection rate in Wales with a seven-day rate of 95.7 cases per 100,000, down from 108.5 on the day before.
Torfaen is now second with a seven-day rate of 92.6, up from 85.1.
Conwy and Cardiff both have the third highest, with a seven-day rate of 91.3 per 100,000 population, up from 94.7 and 98.7 respectively.
In terms of new cases reported in the last 24 hours, Cardiff is highest with 22; followed by Flintshire with 16; Wrexham with 14; Gwynedd with 13; Conwy, Caerphilly and Swansea with 12; Neath Port Talbot with 11 and Carmarthenshire with 10.
Monmouthshire, Denbighshire and Newport reported eight; Torfaen had seven; Anglesey, Bridgend and Rhondaa Cynon Taf had six; Vale of Glamorgan and Powys had five, Blaenau Gwent had three; and Ceredigion and Pembrokeshire had two.
Merthyr Tydfil reported no new cases.
Across Wales the positivity rate of tests is unchanged at 6.6% 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 8.9% of tests have come back positive in the last week.
Cases per 100,000 based on seven-day rolling average (February 16 to February 22):
Aneurin Bevan University Health Board
Torfaen: 92.6 (Up from 85.1)
Caerphilly: 82.8 (Down from 90)
Newport: 81.5 *(Down from 92.5)
Blaenau Gwent: 54.4 (Up from 53)
Monmouthshire: 52.9 (Unchanged)
Betsi Cadwaladr University Health Board
Anglesey: 95.7 (Down from 108.5)
Conwy: 91.3 (Down from 94.7)
Flintshire: 88.4 (Down from 92.9)
Gwynedd: 84.3 (Down from 85.1)
Denbighshire: 83.6 (Down from 86.7)
Wrexham: 66.2 (Down from 67.7)
Cardiff and Vale University Health Board
Cardiff: 91.3 (Down from 98.7)
Vale of Glamorgan: 59.1 (Down from 65.1)
Cwm Taf Morgannwg University Health Board
Merthyr Tydfil: 68.0 (Down from 74.6)
Rhondda Cynon Taf: 61.3 (Up from 59.7)
Bridgend: 45.6 (Unchanged)
Hywel Dda University Health Board
Carmarthenshire: 62.5 (Down from 71)
Pembrokeshire: 48.5 (Up from 47.7)
Ceredigion: 19.3 (Down from 31.6)
Powys Teaching Health Board
Powys: 82.3 (Down from 86.1)
Swansea Bay University Health Board
Neath Port Talbot: 58.6 (Down from 59.3)
Swansea: 55.1 (Down from 55.5)
Wales total : 71.6 (Down from 75.2)
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Dr Christopher Williams, Incident Director for the Covid-10 outbreak response at Public Health Wales, said: “As of today the weekly incidence of Covid-19 infections in all local authority areas throughout Wales has fallen below 100 cases per 100,000 population. This is encouraging, but we must continue following the rules and guidelines to maintain this trend.
“Furthermore I am pleased to report that Wales has now delivered more than 1 million first and second doses of COVID-19 vaccinations.
“However the public should be aware that the level 4 restrictions remain in place in order to keep infection rates falling and that you should 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 2 metres from anyone you do not live with.
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“We remind everyone that four people from two different households are now able to meet outdoors for socially distanced local exercise. However, please remember this is solely for the purpose of exercise and that individuals should remain at a social distance, and that this guidance doesn’t apply to private gardens.
“Welsh Government has announced that the revised vaccine strategy will mean that every eligible adult in Wales will be offered a first dose by the end of July. In addition, adults with severe or profound learning disabilities, and those with any mental illness that causes severe functional impairment, will be invited for vaccination as part of the JCVI priority group six, and Welsh Government has published guidance on identifying eligible individuals in these groups and how to support them to take up their vaccine offers.
“Welsh Government also announced an expansion of workplace and community testing, with workplaces with more than 50 employees now eligible for support to regularly test their workforce, helping to reduce the spread of the virus and allowing them to operate safely.
“Targeted community testing will begin next week in parts of Bridgend, Rhondda Cynon Taf and Merthyr Tydfil, to help find those who show no symptoms of coronavirus.”