Another 44 people have died with coronavirus in Wales as less than 1,000 new cases have been reported.
Latest figures from Public Health Wales published on Sunday, January 24, show 796 new cases of the virus have been recorded bringing the total since the pandemic began to 187,711. The overall death total with lab-confirmed coronavirus now stands at 4,530 in Wales.
This is the second time this week that the number of new cases in Wales has fallen below 1,000.
Following the latest figures, the Wales infection rate is now down to 245 cases per 100,000 people based on the seven days up to January 19. That is a decrease on the 261 previously reported.
Moving below a level of 300 cases for every 100,000 and remaining there over a sustained period is one of the key benchmarks for moving out of alert level four lockdown.
However, other measures watched by the Welsh Government suggest any change may not come quickly. The percentage of tests coming back positive is still significantly above the 10% benchmark. See the full details of the lockdown tiers here.
The positive proportion of individuals testing positive for Covid across Wales in the seven days up to January 19 was 20.1%.
PHW data also shows 264,538 people have now received a first dose of the coronavirus vaccine as of 10pm on Saturday, up 23,991 on the figure published on Saturday.
There are 516 people who have received both of their vaccine jabs.
Vaccine centres in the Cwm Taf Morgannwg area have had to close on Sunday, and will remain closed on Monday due to the snowy weather.
Uptake of the first dose by priority group (according to PHW)
- 80 years and older: 86,072 received first dose (47%).
- Care home residents: 10,891 received first dose (64.8%).
- Care home workers: 23,575 received first dose (73.4%).
- Healthcare worker: 96,837 received first dose (percentage not given).
The percentage of tests producing positive results in the week to January 19 is now 20.1%, a fall on the 30% positivity rate recorded over the Christmas period but a rise on the 16.3% figure reported previously. Locally, the areas with the highest positivity rates are Wrexham with 23.6%, Flintshire with 21.6% and Bridgend with 19.8%.
Deaths reported today:44
Cases reported today: 796
.Number of tests carried out: 13,224 (Down from 15,780).
Total deaths with lab-confirmed coronavirus in Wales: 4,530.
Total number of people who have received a first dose of Covid-19 vaccine: 264,538
Total number of people who have received a two dose course of Covid-19 vaccine: 516
Wrexham remains the local authority with the highest infection rate in Wales with a seven-day rate of 564.1 cases per 100,000 population, which is down from 609.8 on Saturday.
Flintshire has the second highest rate with 425.4 cases per 100,000, down from 453.6 the day before.
Newport is third with 315.5 per 100,000 population, up from 311.6.
Cases per 100,000 for rolling seven days (January 13 to January 19)
Aneurin Bevan University Health Board
Newport: 315.5 (Up from 311.6)
Torfaen: 233.1 (Down from 240.5)
Caerphilly: 208.8 (Down from 220)
Monmouthshire: 141.7 (Down from 153.3)
Blaenau Gwent: 158.9(Down from 151.7)
Betsi Cadwaladr University Health Board
Wrexham: 564.1 (Down from 609.8)
Flintshire: 425.4 (Down from 453.6)
Denbighshire: 308.3 (Down from 322.9)
Gwynedd: 194.3 (Down from 213.6)
Conwy: 161.3 (Unchanged)
Anglesey: 142.8 (Up from 139.9)
Cardiff and Vale University Health Board
Vale of Glamorgan: 244 (Down from 267.2)
Cardiff: 251 (Down from 266)
Cwm Taf Morgannwg University Health Board
Bridgend: 289 (Down from 329.1)
Merthyr Tydfil: 237 (Down from 245.3)
Rhondda Cynon Taf: 211 (Down from 227.6)
Hywel Dda University Health Board
Carmarthenshire: 222.5 (Down from 256.9)
Ceredigion: 155.4 (Down from 158.2)
Pembrokeshire: 174.1 (Down from 188.4)
Powys Teaching Health Board
Powys: 180.5 (Down from 188.8)
Swansea Bay University Health Board
Neath Port Talbot: 250.5 (Down from 256.1)
Swansea: 160.3 (Down from 168.8)
Wales total – 245.1 (Down from260.9)
Four community vaccine centres in Wales are closed on Sunday and will not reopen until Tuesday due to poor weather.
Cwm Taf Morgannwg University Health Board made the announcement in a statement on Saturday evening hours before another Met Office weather warning for snow is due to come into effect in Wales.
The closure affects four community vaccination centres in Bridgend, Rhondda, Abercynon and Merthyr Tydfil.
The health board said the decision was made following safety concerns for the vulnerable groups who are currently receiving their vaccinations.
A spokesperson for Cwm Taf Morgannwg University Health Board said: “Due to adverse weather warnings starting this evening (Saturday Jan 23) and into Monday, we have taken the decision to temporarily close our four community vaccination centres located at Bridgend, the Rhondda, Abercynon and Merthyr Tydfil for safety reasons.
“Throughout the day today, we have been contacting those who have been booked in directly to either bring forward their appointment or to re-schedule appointments.
“For queries related to Sunday vaccination appointments, please call the number detailed on the appointment letter. There is also a dedicated section on our website including Frequently Asked Questions.
“We apologise for any inconvenience or disappointment this may cause however the safety of our most vulnerable vaccination group is of priority.
“Thank you for your co-operation in this matter and further updates will be provided in due course following weather updates.”