Coronavirus infection rates, cases, and deaths for all parts of Wales on Tuesday, February 23

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Four more people have died with coronavirus in Wales and more than 300 new positive cases have been identified.

Figures from Public Health Wales published on Tuesday reveal that 317 new cases of Covid-19 have been confirmed in the latest 24-hour period. This brings the total since the start of the pandemic to 202,324.

The number of people who have died with coronavirus in Wales within a month of a positive test now stands at 5,250.

The infection rate across Wales has dropped to 79 per 100,000 population based on the seven days up to February 18. Infection rates have reduced to levels not seen since September.

The latest data also shows that 869,653 people have now received a first dose of the coronavirus vaccine, up 7,405 from the figure of 862,248 published 24 hours earlier.

Meanwhile, 49,729 people have now received both doses of the vaccine, a rise from 42,752 on Monday.

Uptake of the first dose by priority group (according to PHW):

  • 80 years and older: 165,713 (90.7%)
  • Aged 75-79 years: 124,733 (92.7%)
  • Aged 70-74 years: 169,897 (92.1%)
  • Care home residents: 14,822 (84.9%)
  • Care home workers: 36,481 (85.9%)
  • Healthcare workers: 123,225 (percentage not given)
  • Extremely clinically vulnerable: 65,829 (84.7%)

Key details

  • Deaths reported today: 4
  • Cases reported today: 317 (down from 319)
  • Number of tests carried out: 6,300 (down from 11,070)
  • Total deaths with lab-confirmed coronavirus in Wales: 5,250
  • Total number of people who have received a first dose of Covid-19 vaccine: 869,653
  • Total number of people who have received a two-dose course of Covid-19 vaccine: 49,729

Anglesey is now the local authority with the highest infection rate in Wales with a seven-day rate of 114.2 cases per 100,000 population, up from 112.8 on the day before.

Flintshire is second with 107.6 cases per 100,000 population, down from 109.5 reported previously.

Cardiff is third highest rate with 106 cases per 100,000, which is up from 103.8 on Monday.

In terms of new cases reported in the last 24 hours, Cardiff has the most with 44, followed by Swansea with 24, Flintshire with 22, Carmarthenshire with 21 and Gwynedd with 20.

All other local authorities had less than 20 new cases including Conwy with 17, RCT with 16, Powys with 15, Newport with 14, Caerphilly, Torfaen, Anglesey and Denbighshire all with 13, Merthyr Tydfil with 12 and Wrexham, Vale of Glamorgan and Pembrokeshire with 11.

All others had single figures for new cases including Neath Port Talbot with seven, Blaenau Gwent with five, Monmouthshire, Bridgend and Ceredigion with three apiece.

Across Wales the positivity rate of tests is down to 7.3% for the past seven-day period, which is below a key Welsh Government threshold for easing lockdown restrictions. The highest rate is in Flintshire where 10.7% of tests have come back positive in the last week.

Cases per 100,000 based on seven-day rolling average (February 12 to February 18):

Aneurin Bevan University Health Board

Newport: 95.7 (up from 92.5)

Torfaen: 59.6 (down from 64.9)

Caerphilly: 92.8 (up from 84.5)

Monmouthshire: 61.3 (down from 64.5)

Blaenau Gwent: 54.4 (down from 60.1)

Betsi Cadwaladr University Health Board

Wrexham: 78.7 (down from 81.6)

Flintshire: 107.6 (down from 109.5)

Denbighshire: 77.3 (up from 72.1)

Gwynedd: 95.5 (up from 94.7)

Conwy: 92.1 (up from 90.4)

Anglesey: 114.2 (up from 112.8)

Cardiff and Vale University Health Board

Vale of Glamorgan: 74.1 (down from 82.3)

Cardiff: 106.0 (up from 103.8)

Cwm Taf Morgannwg University Health Board

Bridgend: 51.0 (down from 56.4)

Merthyr Tydfil: 61.3 (down from 66.3)

Rhondda Cynon Taf: 55.1 (down from 58.9)

Hywel Dda University Health Board

Carmarthenshire: 73.1 (up from 72.6)

Ceredigion: 31.6 (down from 33)

Pembrokeshire: 55.6 (unchanged)

Powys Teaching Health Board

Powys: 98.9 (up from 95.9)

Swansea Bay University Health Board

Neath Port Talbot: 65.6 (down from 80.2)

Swansea: 56.7 (down from 60.7)

Wales total: 78.9 (down from 80)



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On Monday, foundation phase children aged three to seven started returning to face-to-face learning.

Last Friday, First Minister Mark Drakeford confirmed that providing infection rates continue to reduce, there could be scope for all primary school children and older secondary school pupils to return to class from Monday, March 15.

From Saturday, up to four people from two different households are allowed to exercise outdoors together but the stay-at-home restrictions remain in place.

Mr Drakeford has set longer-term goals for the re-opening of non-essential retail and close contact services such as hairdressers. These will all be discussed as part of the next 21-day review period ending on Friday, March 12.

“We have seen time and again the world over just how quickly the situation can deteriorate in a matter of weeks,” said Mr Drakeford.

“But, if we continue to see improvements to the public health situation here, and we don’t see a further wave of infections caused by any of the new variants circulating in the UK, I want to be clear about what we will be considering in the next review period.

“We will continue to take a careful and cautious approach towards relaxing restrictions – as we have throughout the pandemic – guided by the experts.”

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Dr Giri Shankar, incident director for the novel coronavirus (Covid-19) outbreak response at Public Health Wales, said: “Public Health Wales is today confirming four additional cases of the South African variant of Coronavirus in Wales since the previous update on 17 February, bringing the total number to 21.

“We have identified a single case of the South African variant as part of routine genomic sequencing in the Flintshire local authority area with no known link to relevant contacts or travel history. The individual was self-isolating while symptomatic, and there is no evidence of wider community transmission. An investigation is ongoing.

“We have identified an additional positive case of the South African variant in the Conwy local authority area. The case has a travel history, and the investigation is ongoing.

“We have identified two additional positive cases in West Wales with a link to relevant contacts. These cases are linked with the travel associated cases we confirmed on 17 February in West Wales.

“There remains no evidence of sustained community transmission of the South African variant in Wales. Anyone who is a contact of theses case will be contacted through the Test, Trace, Protect process and provided with additional advice for themselves, their household and other contacts.

“There is no evidence that the South African variant causes more serious illness, although there is some evidence that it can spread more easily, and that vaccines – although still effective – may not work quite as well against it.

“Because of the emergence of new more transmissible variants, it is even more vital that we all keep to the lockdown restrictions and do not meet other people.

“This means that you must stay at home. If you must leave home keep your distance, wash your hands regularly, and wear a face mask when required according to the regulations.

“Coronavirus rates have fallen in every part of Wales, but remain higher in some parts. We remind the public that we remain under level 4 restrictions to keep infection rates falling.”



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