No new coronavirus deaths were reported in Wales in the last 24 hours and new case levels remain very low.
Only 35 new coronavirus cases were reported by Public Health Wales on Wednesday, April 28. The last time case levels in Wales were this low was August 2020.
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.
Wales also reported no new Covid deaths for the second day in a row on Wednesday.
The infection rate across Wales now stands at 11.9 cases per 100,000 people for the seven days up to April 23 – a decrease from 12.2 on Monday.
This is still slightly higher than it had been at 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.
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The stats published on Tuesday by Public Health Wales (PHW) bring the total number of positive cases since the pandemic began to 211,389..
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 1.3% – significantly below the key benchmark of 5%. Gwynedd (2.4%), Newport (2.6%) and Swansea (2.2%) are the only local authorities recording more than 2%.
The latest figures also show that 1,800,428 people have received the first dose of a Covid-19 vaccine and 715,425 people have had both doses.
Uptake of the first vaccine dose by priority group (according to PHW):
- Deaths reported today: 0
- Cases reported today: 35 (up from 33 on Tuesday)
- Total deaths with lab-confirmed coronavirus in Wales: 5,548
- Total number of people who have received the first dose of Covid-19 vaccine: 1,800,428
- Total number of people who have received a two-dose course of Covid-19 vaccine: 715,425
Cardiff reported the most cases with nine and Caerphilly reported five.
Wrexham reported three new cases while Newport, Torfaen, Gwynedd, Pembrokeshire and Swansea each reported two new cases. Flintshire, Rhondda Cynon Taf, Carmarthenshire, Ceredigion, Vale of Glamorgan and Neath Port Talbot each reported one new case.
Blaenau Gwent, Monmouthshire, Anglesey, Conwy, Denbigshire, Bridgend, Merthyr Tydfil and Powys each reported no new cases.
Cases per 100,000 based on seven-day rolling average (April 17 to April 23):
Aneurin Bevan University Health Board
Blaenau Gwent: 8.6 (up from 7.2)
Newport: 27.2 (up from 22.6)
Caerphilly: 7.7 (down from 8.3)
Torfaen: 9.6 (down from 12.8)
Monmouthshire: 5.3 (unchanged)
Betsi Cadwaladr University Health Board
Conwy: 5.1 (up from 4.3)
Anglesey: 5.7 (down from 11.4)
Gwynedd: 20.9 (down from 23.3)
Denbighshire: 3.2 (down from 5.2)
Flintshire: 11.5 (down from 12.8)
Wrexham: 19.1 (up from 17.7)
Cardiff and Vale University Health Board
Cardiff: 12.5 (down from 15.5)
Vale of Glamorgan: 8.2 (unchanged)
Cwm Taf Morgannwg University Health Board
Merthyr Tydfil: 5 (up from 3.3)
Rhondda Cynon Taf: 5.8 (down from 6.6)
Bridgend: 10.9 (down from 11.6)
Hywel Dda University Health Board
Carmarthenshire: 10.1 (up from 12.2)
Pembrokeshire: 4.8 (up from 4)
Ceredigion: 6.9 (unchanged)
Powys Teaching Health Board
Powys: 12.1 (down from 13.6)
Swansea Bay University Health Board
Neath Port Talbot: 16.7 (up from 15.4)
Swansea: 20.6(up from 17)
Wales total: 11.9 (down from 12.2)
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.”