The total number of positive coronavirus cases in Wales since the start of the pandemic has exceeded 600,000.
On Wednesday, the latest data from Public Health Wales, which covers the period up to 1 p.m. 9 in the morning of 28 December, 5,929 new cases, bringing the total number in Wales since the pandemic began to 600,682.
The total number of deaths within 28 days of a positive Covid test has now risen to 6,653 in Wales with two more deaths since the last data was released.
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The latest seven-day infection rate across Wales, based on the seven days to 24 December, has risen to 1,079.3 cases per year. 100,000 inhabitants – the highest number at any stage of the pandemic.
The local authority with the highest infection rate in Wales in the seven days from 18 to 24 December is Cardiff, where the number is 1,339.8, while Newport, Torfaen, Anglesey, Conwy, Denbighshire, Flintshire, Gwynedd, Glamor Gondola, Bridgend, Merthyr Tydfil, Rhondda Cynon Taf, Ceredigion and Swansea all have prices of over 1,000.
In terms of the proportion of tests returning positive, the highest numbers are in Rhondda Cynon Taf (34.6%), Merthyr Tydfil (34.3%), Bridgend (33.4%), Cardiff (33, 3%), Wrexham (32.9%) and Gwynedd (32.6%). The test positivity rate across Wales is 31.2%, up from the previously reported 28.2%.
The areas of the country that have recorded the highest number of new Covid cases in the last 24-hour period are Cardiff with 883, Rhondda Cynon Taf with 675 and Caerphilly with 458.
The Vale of Glamorgan had 368 cases, Swansea had 325, Bridgend had 324, Newport had 320, Gwynedd had 227, Torfaen had 223, Neath Port Talbot had 187, and Flintshire had 184.
Conwy had 182, Blaenau Gwent had 178, Carmarthenshire had 168, Monmouthshire had 153, and Powys had 150.
The areas with the lowest numbers were Denbighshire (128), Wrexham (120), Pembrokeshire (92), Anglesey (85), Merthyr Tydfil (71) and Ceredigion (69).
On December 22, there were 444 people in general and acute hospital beds with coronavirus (confirmed, suspected and in recovery), an increase of the 436 last reported the day before.
There were 31 people in ventilated intensive care units with Covid-19 on December 22, two more than on December 21.
These figures will not be updated until 30 December.
From kl. By 9:00 a.m. on December 28, a total of 2,488,374 people had received one dose of the coronavirus vaccine, and 2,300,054 had received both doses. Meanwhile, 1,559,687 people have got their booster jabs in Wales. The Welsh Government wants all eligible adults to be offered one by the end of December.
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Intake of the first vaccine dose by priority group (according to PHW as of 28 December):
- 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: 45,436
- 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%
- 50-54 years: 90.3%
- 40-49 years: 85.5%
- 30-39 years: 79.5%
- 18-29 years: 79.2%
- 16-17 years: 77.8%
- 12-15 years: 57.2%
Taking the second dose of vaccine by priority group (according to PHW):
Recording of booster vaccines (according to PHW):
- Nursing home residents: 87.1%
- Nursing home workers: 71.9%
- 80 years and older: 86.2%
- Healthcare staff: 82%
- Social workers: 38,059
- 75-79 years: 88.3%
- 70-74 years: 88.1%
- Clinically extremely vulnerable 16-69 years: 52.5%
- 65-69 years: 88.1%
- Clinical risk groups 12-64 years: 67%
- 60-64 years: 80.2%
- 55-59 years: 74.1%
- 50-54 years: 67.6%
- 40-49 years: 53.4%
- 30-39 years: 36.2%
- 18-29 years: 25.3%
- 16-17 years: 6.9%
Infection rate for every 100,000 people in each area in the seven days up to December 24:
Aneurin Bevan University Health Board
Blaenau Gwent: 755.8 (up from 710)
Newport: 976.4 (down from 1,068)
Caerphilly: 976.4 (up from 901.3)
Turf: 1,074.9 (up from 983.4)
Monmouthshire: 858.4 (up from 837.3)
Betsi Cadwaladr University Health Board
Conwy: 1,061.4 (up from 959)
Anglesey: 1.1107 (up from 1.053.6)
Gwynedd: 1,130.4 (up from 1,044.5)
Denbighshire: 1,179.8 (up from 1,077.4)
Flintshire: 1,039.7 (up from 949.4)
Wrexham: 942.9 (up from 886.3)
Cardiff and Vale University Health Board
Cardiff: 1,399.8 (up from 1,335.5)
Vale of Glamorgan: 1,226.9 (up from 1,121.4)
Cwm Taf Glamorgan University Health Board
Merthyr Tydfil: 1,206.8 (up from 1,092.4)
Rhondda Cynon Taff: 1,175.5 (up from 1,066.9)
Bridgend: 1,193.5 (up from 1,094.2)
Hywel Dda University Health Board
Carmarthenshire: 771.3 (up from 696.6)
Pembrokeshire: 914.0 (up from 884.6)
Ceredigion: 1,163.8 (up from 1,046.8)
Powys Teaching Health Board
Powys: 727.9 (up from 681.8)
Swansea Bay University Health Board
Neath Port Talbot: 920.4 (up from 858.9)
Swansea: 1,059.1 (up from 1,018.2)
Wales in total: 1,079.3 (up from 1,004.1)
The Welsh Government has reintroduced tighter restrictions in the wake of the highly transferable Omicron variant.
The rules bring back stricter measures for hospitality businesses, including licensed venues, and in cinemas and theaters when they reopen after Christmas.
Since Christmas Day 2, alarm level has meant two measures:
A general requirement of 2m social distance in all premises open to the public and workplaces where reasonable.
The rule of six will apply to gatherings in regulated premises, such as hospitality, cinemas and theaters.
All licensed premises must take additional measures to protect customers and staff, including table service and contact information collection.
Facial clothing will be required in hospitality environments at all times except when sitting.
Large events will not be allowed indoors or outdoors. The maximum number of people that can be gathered for an indoor event will be 30 and 50 outdoors.
There will be an exception for team sports, up to 50 spectators will be able to gather, in addition to those who participate. There is also an exception for events involving children.
New jobs initiatives were also announced. Nightclubs have also had to close since 2nd Christmas Day.
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