Wales’ coronavirus infection rate has now risen to over 2,000 cases per year. 100,000 inhabitants – by far the most recorded since the beginning of the pandemic.
Latest figures from Public Health Wales published on Wednesday 5 January show 21,279 new positive cases during the 24-hour period up to 1 p.m. 9 a.m. on January 3 to bring the total to 689,750.
Another 10 people also died within 28 days of testing positive, meaning 6,599 patients have now lost their lives with the virus to date.
The latest seven-day infection rate across Wales, based on the seven days to 31 December, has risen from 1,415 cases per year. 100,000 inhabitants on Sunday to 2,133.4 on Wednesday – the highest number at any stage of the pandemic.
The number of infections in each municipality has increased. The highest rate in Wales in the seven days between 25 and 31 December was Rhondda Cynon Taf with 2,638.6 per. 100,000, followed by Merthyr Tydfil with 2,557.8 and Blaenau Gwent with 2,503.5.
Rhondda Cynon Taf recorded the most positive cases over the last 24-hour period with 1,572, followed by Swansea with 1,377, Cardiff with 1,374, Flintshire with 1,244, Carmarthenshire with 1,151, Neath Port Talbot with 1,145 with 1,145, Caer, 049, Caer, 049,.
Other local authorities reporting very high cases were Conwy with 954, Bridgend with 896, Gwynedd with 880, Newport with 860, Pembrokeshire with 735, Denbighshire with 718, Powys with 690 and Anglesey with 685.
The lowest number of cases was found in Blaenau Gwent with 547, Vale of Glamorgan with 521, Torfaen with 496, Merthyr Tydfil with 382, Ceredigion with 375 and Monmouthshire with 288.
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As of January 4, there were 883 people in general and acute hospital beds with coronavirus (confirmed, suspected, and improving), an increase of the 697 reported on December 31st.
There were 47 people in ventilated intensive care units with Covid-19 on January 4, a jump from 33 on December 31st.
From kl. By 9 a.m. on January 3, a total of 2,492,440 people had received one dose of the coronavirus vaccine, and 2,307,957 had received both doses. Meanwhile, 1,667,192 people have got their booster jabs in Wales. The Welsh Government has confirmed that all eligible adults were offered one before the end of December.
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Taking the first dose of vaccine by priority group (according to PHW on 3 January):
- Severely immunosuppressed: 99.2%
- Nursing home residents: 98.3%
- Nursing home workers: 94.7%
- 80 years and older: 96.2%
- Healthcare professionals: 97.4%
- Social Workers: 45,425
- 75-79 years: 97.1%
- 70-74 years: 96.5%
- Clinically extremely vulnerable 16-69 years: 95.5%
- 65-69 years: 95.3%
- Clinical risk groups 12-64 years: 90.5%
- 60-64 years: 93.7%
- 55-59 years: 92.1%
- 50-54 years: 90.3%
- 40-49 years: 85.6%
- 30-39 years: 79.6%
- 18-29 years: 79.3%
- 16-17 years: 78.1%
- 12-15 years: 58.2%
Taking the second dose of vaccine by priority group (according to PHW):
Recording of booster vaccines (according to PHW):
- Nursing home residents: 87.9%
- Nursing home workers: 73.1%
- 80 years and older: 86.9%
- Healthcare professionals: 83%
- Social workers: 38,576
- 75-79 years: 88.7%
- 70-74 years: 88.4%
- Clinically extremely vulnerable 16-69 years: 53.2%
- 65-69 years: 86.3%
- Clinical risk groups 12-64 years: 69.5%
- 60-64 years: 82%
- 55-59 years: 77.1%
- 50-54 years: 71.9%
- 40-49 years: 58.4%
- 30-39 years: 41.9%
- 18-29 years: 32.9%
- 16-17 years: 9.7%
Infection rate for every 100,000 people in each area in the seven days up to 31 December:
Aneurin Bevan University Health Board
Blaenau Gwent: 2,784.1 (up from 2,503.5)
Newport: 2,249.9 (up from 2,127)
Caerphilly: 2,251 (up from 2,092.5)
Turf: 2,439.3 (up from 2,294.6)
Monmouthshire: 1,402.9 (up from 1,325.7)
Betsi Cadwaladr University Health Board
Conwy: 2,288.3 (up from 2,099.8)
Anglesey: 1,870.3 (up from 1,386.3)
Gwynedd: 1,872.2 (up from 1,634.6)
Denbighshire: 1,932.2 (up from 1,780.6)
Flintshire: 2,140.9 (up from 1,921.2)
Wrexham: 1,925.6 (up from 1,701.3)
Cardiff and Vale University Health Board
Cardiff: 2,033 (up from 1,998.3)
Vale of Glamorgan: 2,114.7 (up from 2,083.3)
Cwm Taf Glamorgan University Health Board
Merthyr Tydfil: 2,798.1 (up from 2,557.8)
Rhondda Cynon Taff: 2,811.4 (up from 2,638.6)
Bridgend: 2,306 (up from 2,136)
Hywel Dda University Health Board
Carmarthenshire: 1,814.4 (up from 1,715.3)
Pembrokeshire: 1,545.1 (up from 1,492.6)
Ceredigion: 1,760.8 (up from 1,638.4)
Powys Teaching Health Board
Powys: 1,587.9 (up from 1,436.9)
Swansea Bay University Health Board
Neath Port Talbot: 2,310.3 (up from 2,125.4)
Swansea: 2,193.6 (up from 2,076.6)
Wales in total: 2,133.4 (up from1,986.5)
The Welsh Government has reintroduced tighter restrictions in the wake of the highly transferable Omicron variant.
The regulations bring back stricter measures for hospitality companies, including licensed premises, and in cinemas and theaters.
Meanwhile, the self-isolation period for people in Wales who have Covid has been cut from 10 days to seven.
Prime Minister Mark Drakeford has reiterated his warning that Wales is set to experience “challenging weeks” in January, as the Omicron variant has become dominant in all parts of the country. Read what he had to say Sunday morning here.
Boris Johnson has tasked ministers with developing “robust contingency plans” for absenteeism in the workplace, as the UK government has recognized that high Covid levels could hit companies hard in the coming weeks.
Public sector leaders have been asked to prepare for a worst-case scenario with up to 25% of staff free from work as the virus continues to sweep across the country, the Cabinet Office said.
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