Another 32 people die in Wales with Covid while new case numbers fall

A further 32 people have died with coronavirus in Wales and more than 950 new positive cases have been identified.

Public Health Wales (PHW), in its daily update on Saturday, November 7, announced that 958 more people have been diagnosed with Covid-19 following a lab test. This was a fall from the 1,352 positive cases reported on Friday, November 6.

PHW also confirmed that 32 more people had lost their lives with the virus to take the total to 2,014.

Merthyr Tydfil remains by some way the local authority with the most cases per 100,000 over a seven-day average at 610.0, a drop from 639.9 on Friday.

Rhondda Cynon Taf (RCT) has the second highest incidence rate with 517.3 cases per 100,000, down from 534.7, while Blaenau Gwent was third with 478.1, down on 501.0 the previous day.

Wales as a whole now averages 245.4 cases per 100,000 people, a drop from 254.9 on Friday and 260.7 on Thursday. Wales’ fire-break lockdown ends on Monday — here are 21 things you can do in Wales from Monday that you can’t do today.

These are the key details on Saturday:

  • Deaths reported today: 32

  • Cases reported today: 958 (Down from 1,352 on Friday)

  • Number of tests carried out: 11,252 (Down from 13,241 on Friday)

  • Total deaths with lab-confirmed coronavirus in Wales: 2,014

Thirteen deaths were in the Aneurin Bevan health board area. And 10 occurred in the Cwm Taf Morgannwg health board area which covers parts of the south Wales valleys.

Rhondda Cynon Taf reported the most positive cases in the last 24 hours with 137, followed by Cardiff with 108, Swansea with 103, Caerphilly with 90, Bridgend with 64, and Neath Port Talbot with 55.

Other local authorities reporting high numbers of cases included Merthyr Tydfil with 46, Blaenau Gwent with 44, and Wrexham with 39.

Meanwhile, Carmarthenshire recorded 29, Powys had 25, Flintshire had 24, the Vale of Glamorgan had 22 and Monmouthshire and Newport recorded 17 apiece.

Torfaen had 16, both Conwy and Denbighshire recorded 12 and Anglesey and Gwynedd had 10 new cases each.

There were only two areas with cases in single figures: Pembrokeshire with 9 and Ceredigion with just 2.

Cases per 100,000 for rolling seven days

Aneurin Bevan University Health Board

Blaenau Gwent: 478.1 (Down)

Caerphilly: 328.0 (Up)

Torfaen: 162.8 (Down)

Newport: 181.0 (Down)

Monmouthshire: 139.5 (Up)

Betsi Cadwaldr University Health Board

Wrexham: 248.6 (Down)

Flintshire: 157.0 (Down)

Denbighshire: 121.2 (Down)

Conwy: 79.3 (Down)

Anglesey: 72.8 (Up)

Gwynedd: 55.4 (Up)

Cardiff and Vale University Health Board

Cardiff: 280.5 (Down)

Vale of Glamorgan: 156.5 (Up)

Cwm Taf Morgannwg University Health Board

Merthyr Tydfil: 610.0 (Down)

Rhondda Cynon Taf: 517.3 (Down)

Bridgend: 325.7 (Up)

Hywel Dda University Health Board

Carmarthenshire: 158.9 (Down)

Ceredigion: 53.6 (Up)

Pembrokeshire: 47.7 (Down)

Powys Teaching Health Board

Powys: 138.2 (Up)

Swansea Bay University Health Board

Swansea: 362.0 (Down)

Neath Port Talbot: 319.6 (Down)

Wales total – 245.4 (Down)

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This weekend will be the last two days of Wales’ 17-day fire-break lockdown.

The rules have required people to stay at home wherever possible, non-essential retail has been shut, and secondary schools have closed for those in year nine and above.

Travel restrictions will be lifted after the fire-break ends on Monday and pubs, cafes and restaurants will reopen, although there will be a two hour limit on how long you should spend in pubs.

Meanwhile people from two households will be able to form bubbles again. The new rules will last for two weeks after which they will be reviewed to see if further changes can be made.

Coronavirus latest

Dr Chris Williams, Incident Director for the Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak response at Public Health Wales, said: “Public Health Wales will work with Welsh Government to monitor the effect of the regulations which will come in at the end of the current fire-break period on 9 November 2020. We support the call for the public to take personal responsibility for their actions and to ensure that we are all doing as much as possible to limit the transmission of Coronavirus.”

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“Ahead of Remembrance Sunday this weekend, we are reminding the public that outdoor Acts of Remembrance can be held this weekend involving a maximum of 30 people, including event organisers. Indoor services are not permitted, so we would ask people to be responsible when paying their respects to those who have lost their lives in wars.

“Those travelling from overseas should note that Denmark, Germany and Sweden have been removed from the UK’s Coronavirus travel corridor list.

“As we approach the end of the fire-break period in Wales, we remind everyone that this does not mean a return to normality.

“Coronavirus is still active in communities across Wales, so we all need to take steps to keep everyone safe and to prevent the transmission of the disease.

“This means staying out of other people’s homes, limiting the times and the numbers of people that you meet, maintaining social distancing and hand hygiene, working from home if you can, and self-isolating if you show symptoms of coronavirus or are asked to do so by contact tracers.”

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