Another 48 people die with Covid-19 and more than 1,000 new cases

Another 48 people have died with coronavirus in Wales and more than 1,100 new cases have been reported.

Latest figures from Public Health Wales published on Sunday, January 17 show 1,172 new cases of the virus have been recorded to bring the total since the pandemic began to 180,161. The overall death total with lab-confirmed coronavirus now stands at 4,274 in Wales.

Following the latest figures, the Wales infection rate is now 321.9 cases per 100,000 people based on the seven days up to January 12. That is a decrease on the 344.8 previously reported.

PHW data also shows 126,375 people have now received a first dose of the coronavirus vaccine as at 10pm on Thursday, January 14. There are 129 people who have received both of their vaccine jabs, as of the same time period.

Though these figures will have increased since that time, though vaccination statistics are not updated by Public Health Wales over the weekend.

The percentage of tests producing positive results in the week to January 12 is now 17.5%, a fall on the 30% positivity rate recorded over the Christmas period. Locally, the areas with the highest positivity rates are Wrexham with 29.2%, Bridgend with 21.9% and Flintshire with 20.6%.

These figures are based on the date tests were done, not the date test results were included on the system. The data is correct up to 9am on January 16.

Key details

  • Deaths reported today: 48

  • Cases reported today: 1,172

  • Number of tests carried out: 15,126 (Down from 15,396)

  • Total deaths with lab-confirmed coronavirus in Wales: 4,274

  • Total number of people who have received a first dose of Covid-19 vaccine: 126,375

  • Total number of people who have received a two dose course of Covid-19 vaccine: 129

Wrexham remains the local authority with the highest infection rate in Wales with a seven-day rate of 825.3 cases per 100,000 population, a drop from 840.7 on Saturday.

Flintshire has the second highest rate with 529.1 cases per 100,000, down from 552.9 the day before.

Bridgend is third with 447.5 per 100,000 population, down from 474.7.

Cardiff had the highest number of new cases on Sunday with 175, followed by Wrexham with 90, Flintshire with 87, Bridgend with 81, Newport with 77, Rhondaa Cynon Taf with 66, Vale of Glamorgan and Caerphilly with 52, and Carmarthenshire with 50.

Gwynedd had 49, Neath Port Talbot had 45, Denbighshire and Swansea had 40, Torfaen had 34, Conwy had 33, Pembrokeshire had 23, Powys had 22 and Monmouthshire had 21.

Meanwhile, Merthyr Tydfil had 19, Ceredigion had 17, Anglesey had 14 and Blaenau Gwent had 11.

Cases per 100,000 for rolling seven days (January 6 to January 12)

Aneurin Bevan University Health Board

Newport: 3407. (Down from 395.7)

Torfaen: 333.1 (Down from 384.2)

Caerphilly: 299.3 (Down from 329.7)

Monmouthshire: 266.4 (Down from 268.5)

Blaenau Gwent: 229 (Down from 260.5)

Betsi Cadwaladr University Health Board

Wrexham: 825.3 (Down from 840.7)

Flintshire: 529.1 (Down from 552.9)

Denbighshire: 389.8 (Down from 399.2)

Conwy: 188.6 (Down from 211.6)

Gwynedd: 186.3 (Up from 175.8)

Anglesey: 151.3 (Down from 155.6)

Cardiff and Vale University Health Board

Vale of Glamorgan: 333.1 (Down from 345.8)

Cardiff: 314.5 (Down from 331.7)

Cwm Taf Morgannwg University Health Board

Bridgend: 447.5 (Down from 474.7)

Merthyr Tydfil: 349.8 (Down from 419.3)

Rhondda Cynon Taf: 323.7 (Down from 365.6)

Hywel Dda University Health Board

Carmarthenshire: 302.0 (Down from 294)

Pembrokeshire: 172.5 (Down from 209)

Ceredigion: 145.8 (Down from 147.2)

Powys Teaching Health Board

Powys: 189.5 (Down from 200.1)

Swansea Bay University Health Board

Neath Port Talbot: 279.1 (Down from 309.1)

Swansea: 222.3 (Down from 252.6)

Wales total – 321.9 (Down from 344.8)

On Friday, First Minister Mark Drakeford set out new laws that supermarkets, shops and workplaces must now adhere to in the fight against coronavirus.

Businesses who employ five people or more in Wales will have to carry out a specific coronavirus risk assessment under new legislation, and guidance that was in place for retailers to follow is now being made law. Retailers must now:

  • Have signs visible to help people keep their distance and make their way around the store;
  • Have sanitiser available for hands and trolleys;

  • Have systems in place to limit the number of people who can be in store at any one time.

Mr Drakeford said: “Strengthening the rules in retail and workplaces will help us to continue slowing the course of this terrible virus.”

All of Wales is now in full lockdown at alert level four which means that:

  • People must stay at home, except for very limited purposes
  • People must not visit other households, or meet other people they do not live with
  • Many types of businesses are required to close.

The level four restrictions apply to the whole of Wales and will continue until January 29 when they will be reviewed again. Read what needs to happen for restrictions to be eased in Wales here.

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Dr Eleri Davies, Incident Director for the Covid-19 outbreak response at Public Health Wales, said: “The number of positive coronavirus cases remains extremely high in Wales and is cause for serious concern, due to the impact on NHS Wales services.

“All of Wales remains in lockdown. We ask that the public adopts the same mindset for this lockdown as they did in March 2020. We understand that people are fatigued but because the new, more infectious variant of coronavirus is circulating across Wales it is vital that we all keep to the lockdown restrictions and do not meet other people.

“This means that you must stay at home. If exercising outdoors, please do this alone or with members of your household or support bubble only. Shop online, but if you do need to visit essential retail then do this alone, if possible, to minimise numbers of people in retail spaces, and avoid stopping to chat with people outside your household. If you must leave home keep your distance, wash your hands regularly, and wear a face mask when required according to the regulations.

“Public Health Wales urges everyone to follow the rules, to avoid transmission of coronavirus and to protect everyone in our communities, including the most vulnerable.”

WalesOnline – Swansea