The number of new coronavirus cases reported in Wales in the last 24 hours has fallen to levels last seen in August 2020.

Wales recorded no new Covid-19 deaths and only 33 positive cases on Tuesday – the lowest number of daily cases in eight months since August 25 last year.

At the peak of the second wave in December and January, as many as 4,142 new cases were reported in a single 24-hour period.

The infection rate across Wales now stands at 12.2 cases per 100,000 people for the seven days up to April 22 – a decrease from 12.9 on Monday.

This is still slightly higher than it had been a the end of August last year but the rate has been falling consistently from a peak of 650 cases per 100,000 people in the seven days to December 16.

The stats published on Tuesday by Public Health Wales (PHW) bring the total number of positive cases since the pandemic began to 211,354.

The country’s overall number of lab-confirmed coronavirus deaths remains at 5,548.

The percentage of tests coming back with positive results stands at 1.4% – significantly below the key benchmark of 5%. Gwynedd (2.8%), Newport (2.2%) and Powys (2.1%) are the only local authorities recording more than 2%.

The latest figures also show that 1,785,347 people have received the first dose of a Covid-19 vaccine and 701,099 people have had both doses.

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

Key details

  • Deaths reported today: 0
  • Cases reported today: 33 (down from 97 on Monday. However, Monday covered a 48-hour period)
  • Total deaths with lab-confirmed coronavirus in Wales: 5,548
  • Total number of people who have received the first dose of Covid-19 vaccine: 1,785,347
  • Total number of people who have received a two-dose course of Covid-19 vaccine: 701,099

Newport reported the most cases on Tuesday with eight followed by Wrexham and Swansea with four.

Caerphilly and Neath Port Talbot had three new cases, while Gwynedd, Cardiff and RCT had two each.

Anglesey, Vale of Glamorgan, Merthyr Tydfil, Carmarthenshire, and Pembrokeshire had one new case each, and eight local authorities had zero including Blaenau Gwent, Monmouthshire, Torfaen, Conwy, Denbighshire, Flintshire, Bridgend, Ceredigion and Powys.

Cases per 100,000 based on seven-day rolling average (April 16 to April 22):

Aneurin Bevan University Health Board

Blaenau Gwent: 7.2 (unchanged)

Newport: 22.6 (unchanged)

Caerphilly: 8.3 (down from 10.5)

Torfaen: 12.8 (down from 22.3)

Monmouthshire: 5.3 (down from 6.3)

Betsi Cadwaladr University Health Board

Conwy: 4.3 (up from 3.4)

Anglesey: 11.4 (down from 12.8)

Gwynedd: 23.3 (down from 26.5)

Denbighshire: 5.2 (unchanged)

Flintshire: 12.8 (down from 14.1)

Wrexham: 17.7 (up from 16.9)

Cardiff and Vale University Health Board

Cardiff: 15.5 (down from 16.4)

Vale of Glamorgan: 8.2 (down from 9)

Cwm Taf Morgannwg University Health Board

Merthyr Tydfil: 3.3 (unchanged)

Rhondda Cynon Taf: 6.6 (up from 5.8)

Bridgend: 11.6 (down from 12.2)

Hywel Dda University Health Board

Carmarthenshire: 12.2 (up from 9.5)

Pembrokeshire: 4 (unchanged)

Ceredigion: 6.9 (up from 5.5)

Powys Teaching Health Board

Powys: 13.6 (down from 17.4)

Swansea Bay University Health Board

Neath Port Talbot: 15.4 (up from 14)

Swansea: 17 (unchanged)

Wales total: 12.2 (down from12.9)

On Monday, outdoor hospitality was allowed to resume again at cafes, pubs, bars and restaurants. Outdoor attractions, including outdoor swimming pools, funfairs and theme parks, are also open again.

And from Monday, May 3, gyms, leisure centres and fitness facilities can welcome back customers, as will children’s soft play centres and community centres. On that date, people will also again be able to form extended households with one other household.

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Last week First Minister Mark Drakeford said: “The sacrifices we have made continue to show results. By us all working together and sticking to the rules, combined with our vaccination programme, mean we continue to make progress. Rates of the virus continue to fall and the public health situation is improving.

“Due to these efforts we are able confirm more easing of the restrictions from April 26 and for early May we are again able to bring forward some of our plans. However, this progress is dependent on all of us continuing to work together to keep Wales safe.

“At the last three-week review, I set out a forward look of how the restrictions could continue to be lifted in the weeks ahead, if the public health situation remains stable.

“It will be for the incoming Welsh Government to confirm these arrangements at the next three-week review, which will be held on May 13 – a week after the election. It is my assessment that the hospitality sector – bars, pubs, restaurants and cafes – will be able to open indoors from May 17, together with all other tourist accommodation, indoor entertainment and attractions.”

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