There were six new coronavirus deaths reported in Wales on Thursday and fewer than 100 new cases.

Only 82 new cases were reported by Public Health Wales on Thursday, April 8, meaning Wales has now seen a total of 210,105 cases since the pandemic began.

The six new coronavirus deaths bring the total lab-confirmed coronavirus deaths to 5,527.

The infection rate across Wales has also fallen once again and now stands at 21 cases per 100,000 people for the seven days leading up to April 3, a drop from 22 on Wednesday.

Wales reached another milestone yesterday as 1.5 million people in the country have now received their first dose of the vaccine.

All of Wales’ local authorities are now reporting fewer than 50 cases per 100,000 people for the seven days up to April 3. Meanwhile the percentage of tests coming back with positive results is now 2.2%, way below the key benchmark of 5%.

The latest figures also show that 1,519,760 people have received the first dose of a Covid-19 vaccine and 484,739 people have had both doses. Wales is on track to have given half a million people both doses of the vaccine by the weekend.

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

  • Care home residents: 15,127 (97.3%)
  • Care home workers: 33,883 (89.1%)
  • Healthcare workers: 132,033 (92.9%)
  • Social care workers: 44,531 (no percentage available)
  • 80 years and older: 166,461 (95.1%)
  • 75-79 years: 127,535 (95.7%)
  • 70-74 years: 174,793 (95.2%)
  • Clinically extremely vulnerable 16-69 years: 75,131 (92.2%)
  • 65-69 years: 167,975 (93.1%)
  • Clinical risk groups 16-64 years: 288,366 (81.9%)
  • 60-64 years: 184,763 (89.9%)
  • 55-59 years: 200,253 (85.7%)
  • 50-54 years: 161,719 (71.0%)

Key details

  • Deaths reported today: 6
  • Cases reported today: 82 (The same as 82 on Wednesday)
  • Total deaths with lab-confirmed coronavirus in Wales: 5,527
  • Total number of people who have received the first dose of Covid-19 vaccine: 1,519,760
  • Total number of people who have received a two-dose course of Covid-19 vaccine: 484,739

Swansea reported the most cases on Thursday with 15 followed by Cardiff with 13. Caerphilly, and Rhondda Cynon Taf reported six new cases each and Gwynedd reported four new cases.

Newport, Torfaen, Conwy, Vale of Glamorgan, Merthyr Tydfil, Pembrokeshire and Neath Port Talbot each reported three new cases and Flintshire, Bridgend and Powys reported two each.

Blaenau Gwent, Anglesey, Wrexham and Carmarthenshire each reported just one new case each.

Monmouthshire, Denbighshire and Ceredigion all reported no new cases.

Cases per 100,000 based on seven-day rolling average (March 28 to April 3):

Aneurin Bevan University Health Board

Blaenau Gwent: 14.3 (down from 17.2)

Newport: 15.5 (down from 18.1)

Caerphilly: 13.3 (down from 14.9)

Torfaen: 13.8 (unchanged)

Monmouthshire: 10.6 (unchanged)

Betsi Cadwaladr University Health Board

Conwy: 13.7 (unchanged)

Anglesey: 34.3 (down from 35.7)

Gwynedd: 24.9 (down from 34.5)

Denbighshire: 17.8 (down from 19.9)

Flintshire: 19.9 (unchanged)

Wrexham: 26.5 (up from 25.0)

Cardiff and Vale University Health Board

Cardiff: 37.1 (down from 37.3)

Vale of Glamorgan: 12.7 (down from 14.2)

Cwm Taf Morgannwg University Health Board

Merthyr Tydfil: 23.2 (down from 28.2)

Rhondda Cynon Taf: 17.0 (unchanged)

Bridgend: 7.5 (down from 8.2)

Hywel Dda University Health Board

Carmarthenshire: 14.8 (down from 17.0)

Pembrokeshire: 19.9 (up from 18.3)

Ceredigion: 13.8 (up from 12.4)

Powys Teaching Health Board

Powys: 9.8 (down from 10.6)

Swansea Bay University Health Board

Neath Port Talbot: 28.6 (down from 30.0)

Swansea: 35.2 (up from 33.6)

Wales total: 21.1 (down from 22.0)

It comes as a new vaccine was administered in Wales for the first time in the UK on Wednesday.

The Moderna vaccine was given to Elle Taylor, a 24-year-old unpaid carer from Ammanford.

Miss Taylor, who works at a further education college in Llanelli, received the Moderna jab from staff nurse Laura French at the hospital’s outpatients department.

Supplies of the Moderna jab arrived in the UK from Spain on Tuesday and people in West Wales were the first in the UK to receive it.

Speaking after receiving the vaccine, the 24-year-old said: “I’m very excited and very happy.

“I’m an unpaid carer for my grandmother so it is very important to me that I get it, so I can care for her properly and safely.

“My grandmother has had her first dose and she is going for her second dose on Saturday.”

Miss Taylor said she only found out on Tuesday evening that she was to be the first Briton to receive the Moderna jab in the UK.

Dr Eleri Davies, Incident Director for the Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak response at Public Health Wales, said: “Yesterday the Medicines and Healthcare Regulatory Agency (MHRA) and Joint Committee on Vaccination and Immunisation (JCVI) provided an update on the Oxford AstraZenca vaccine following reports of an extremely rare and specific type of blood clot following vaccination.

“The AstraZeneca vaccine remains safe and effective and has already saved thousands of lives. Those who have received a first dose of the vaccine, should continue to receive a second dose.

“The risk benefit remains strongly in favour of vaccination with the AstraZeneca vaccine for those aged 30 and over, and those aged under 30 who have underlying health conditions which puts them at higher risk of severe outcomes from COVID-19 infection. However, adults aged 18-29 years old who do not have underlying health conditions will now be offered an alternative vaccine.

“The Moderna vaccine is now being rolled out across Wales. It is the third coronavirus vaccine approved by the Medicines and Healthcare Regulatory Agency (MHRA) and patients in Carmarthenshire were the first in the UK to receive it yesterday.

“We urge anyone over 50 who has not yet received an invite for their vaccination to contact their local health board. Details of which can be found here:https://gov.wales/get-your-covid-19-vaccination-if-you-think-you-have-been-missed

“We are also making some changes to the way we publish information on our website and data dashboard.

“Starting on 17 April, we will no longer be publishing Coronavirus data or a daily statement on our website on Saturdays. However when we do publish our reports on Sunday that will include the results and the data for the period of Saturday as well.

“We are doing this because case numbers are now low therefore any fluctuation day-to-day can give rise to potentially misleading interpretation and we want to be focusing more on the underlying trends.

“Our surveillance team will however retain the ability to ramp back up to seven day reporting if necessary.

“The Welsh Government has announced a series of measures over the coming months which will take Wales into Alert Level 3 by 17 May, subject to public health conditions remaining favourable.

“On 12 April, all children will return to face to face education, all post-16 learners will return to further education, and training centres and university campuses will be able to open for blended face to face learning for all students.

“On the same day, all remaining shops can reopen, and all close contact services including mobile services can resume.

“In addition, travel restrictions on travelling into and out of Wales will be lifted. However, restrictions on travel to countries outside the Common Travel Area without a reasonable excuse, remain in place.

“Also on 12 April, viewings at wedding venues can resume by appointment, and outdoor canvassing for elections can begin.

“This slight easing of Covid lockdown rules is encouraging, however while the number of cases is declining overall, we remind the general public that that Coronavirus has not gone away, and that there is still a large number of people who have not been vaccinated. It is therefore vital that we all maintain constant vigilance, by keeping 2m apart from people that you don’t live with, practising hand hygiene, and wearing a mask in indoor environments.

“Welsh Government restrictions state that you should not go into any other household or mix indoors with other people who you don’t live with.

“If you are contacted by your local TTP team then it is important that you are truthful with them about where you have been and who you have met. They are not there to judge, they are there to help prevent ongoing transmission of the virus and to protect the community.

“If you are asked to self-isolate by your local TTP team then please ensure that you do so for the full ten days – this will help break any chains of transmission.

“We encourage everyone, whatever their background, social demographic and ethnicity, to have the vaccine when they are offered it.

“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 indoors, even if they are in the same bubble at school. We need to continue to limit the numbers of people we meet socially to minimise spread of the virus. Currently a maximum of four people from two households living locally can meet outdoors, including in private gardens.

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

“Coronavirus cases by variant in Wales are reported on the UK Government website. The dominant strain in Wales is the Kent variant, and there is currently no evidence of widespread community transmission of other Variants of Concern in Wales.

“Restrictions on UK and international travel remain in place. More information on current travel guidance is available on the Welsh Government website.

“The red list of travel ban countries has been extended, and Bangladesh, Kenya, Pakistan and Philippines will be added from 4am Friday 9 April.

“If you arrive in the UK from these places before 4am Friday 9 April, you must self-isolate for 10 days in the place you’re staying and take a COVID-19 test on day 2 and day 8.

“If you arrive in the UK from these places after 4am Friday 9 April, you must stay in your quarantine hotel for your 10-day quarantine period and take a COVID-19 test on day 2 and day 8.

“If you or a member of your household develop a cough, fever or change in sense of taste or smell, you must self-isolate immediately and book a free Coronavirus test, either by calling 119 or by visiting www.gov.wales/getting-tested-coronavirus-covid-19. Please check your local health board’s website to see if there are additional symptoms that require a test.”

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