Four more people have died with coronavirus in Wales according to latest figures from Public Health Wales (PHW).
The data published on Wednesday, October 13, also revealed there were 2,266 new positive cases bringing the total number since the pandemic began to 386,516. The four additional deaths recorded brings the overall toll to 5,978 in Wales.
The latest seven-day infection rate across Wales based on the cases for every 100,000 people (seven days up to October 8) now stands at 522.9 – a rise on the 514.8 reported on Tuesday. The figures announced on Tuesday are for the 24-hour period up to 9am on October 12 according to PHW.
The local authority with the highest infection rate in Wales is now Torfaen with 720.5 cases per 100,000 population over seven days followed by Vale of Glamorgan with 703.7 and Cardiff with 650.6.
Test positivity rates across Wales have shot up from 15.2% in Friday’s figures to 17% on Wednesday with Vale of Glamorgan having the greatest proportion of tests coming back positive at 21.5%.
The areas of the country recording the highest numbers of Covid cases in the latest 24-hour period were Cardiff with 393, Swansea with 209, Vale of Glamorgan with 167, Rhondda Cynon Taf with 165, Carmarthenshire with 155, Wrexham with 128, Gwynedd with 108, and Pembrokeshire with 100.
Meanwhile Denbighshire had 95, Flintshire had 77, Conwy had 76, Powys had 75, Torfaen had 70, Bridgend had 63, Caerphilly had 59, Newport had 58, and Neath Port Talbot had 52.
The local authorities with the lowest numbers of cases were Anglesey with 47, Merthyr Tydfil with 38, Ceredigion with 33, Monmouthshire with 31 ,and Blaenau Gwent with 15.
As of October 12 there were 605 people in general and acute hospital beds with coronavirus (confirmed, suspected, and recovering) – up on the 594 reported in the figures as of October 11.
Aneurin Bevan UHB had the most Covid patients in general and acute hospital beds on October 12 with 143 followed by Betsi Cadwaladr UHB with 113, Cwm Taf Morgannwg UHB with 112, Cardiff and Vale UHB with 104, Swansea Bay UHB with 74, and Hywel Dda UHB with 59.
As of October 12 there were 51 people in invasive ventilated beds in Wales with coronavirus. Swansea Bay UHB had the most with 11, Hywel Dda UHB and Betsi Cadwaladr UHB had 10 each, Cwm Taf Morgannwg UHB had nine, Aneurin Bevan UHB had six, and Cardiff and Vale UHB had five.
On Wednesday Public Health Wales figures showed that 2,403,211 people have had one dose of the coronavirus vaccine and 2,231,804 have had both doses.
The Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine started to be administered to 12- to 15-year-olds last week in mass vaccination centres and some schools. You can read more about that here.
Uptake of the first vaccine dose by priority group (according to PHW):
- Severely immunosuppressed: 97.7%
- Care home residents: 98.1%
- Care home workers: 94.2%
- 80 years and older: 96.2%
- Healthcare workers: 97.1%
- Social care workers: 45,741 (no percentage available)
- 75-79 years: 97%
- 70-74 years: 96.3%
- Clinically extremely vulnerable 16-69 years: 95.2%
- 65-69 years: 95.1%
- Clinical risk groups 12-64 years: 89.8%
- 60-64 years: 93.5%
- 55-59 years: 91.8%
- 50-54 years: 90%
- 40-49 years: 85.1%
- 30-39 years: 78.4%
- 18-29 years: 77.8%
- 16-17 years: 73.5%
- 12-15 years: 22.9%
Uptake of the second vaccine dose by priority group (according to PHW):
Infection rate for every 100,000 people in each area for the seven days up to October 8:
Aneurin Bevan University Health Board
Blaenau Gwent: 369.3 (down from 375)
Newport: 444.8 (up from 423.5)
Caerphilly: 601.4 (up from 582.6)
Torfaen: 720.5 (up from 692.8)
Monmouthshire: 420.8 (up from 386.9)
Betsi Cadwaladr University Health Board
Conwy: 420.6 (up from 416.4)
Anglesey: 484 (up from 478.3)
Gwynedd: 405.4 (down from 419.9)
Denbighshire: 520.4 (down from 540.3)
Flintshire: 410.6 (up from 397.8)
Wrexham: 403.1 (up from 388.4)
Cardiff and Vale University Health Board
Cardiff: 650.6 (up from 637)
Vale of Glamorgan: 703.7 (up from 702.9)
Cwm Taf Morgannwg University Health Board
Merthyr Tydfil: 363 (up from 359.7)
Rhondda Cynon Taf: 494.1 (down from 509.8)
Bridgend: 394.4 (down from 415.5)
Hywel Dda University Health Board
Carmarthenshire: 618.7 (up from 584.8)
Pembrokeshire: 573 (up from 567.5)
Ceredigion: 376.9 (up from 343.9)
Powys Teaching Health Board
Powys: 487.8 (up from 461.4)
Swansea Bay University Health Board
Neath Port Talbot: 558.9 (down from 576.4)
Swansea: 552.2 (up from 541.7)
Wales total: 514.8 (down from515.1)
The ongoing pandemic has been very challenging for almost everyone and unsurprisingly it’s led to some people seeing an impact on their mental health and wellbeing.
The Samaritans has put together a series of tips for taking care of your mental health at the moment, with their experts suggesting the following strategies:
- Making time for something you enjoy – whether it’s settling down with your favourite film, heading to your local park, or taking part in one of your hobbies or interests
- Taking a break from the news and social media to give yourself away from screens and devices
- Setting realistic goals for the day or week ahead and possibly breaking the things you need to do into a list of smaller tasks
- Trying relaxation exercises like controlled breathing or muscle relaxation
- Enjoying nature, whether that’s by getting out of the house or opening curtains and blinds to let natural light in. Plants and flowers can also be helpful
- Physical exercise can help reduce anxiety
- Talk to a trusted friend or family member about how you’re feeling
There’s help available if you need it
Mind Cymru infoline is open Monday to Friday from 9am to 6pm. To contact them call 0300 123 3393.
Samaritans offers a listening service which is open 24 hours a day, on 116 123 (in the UK and Republic of Ireland this number is FREE to call and will not appear on your phone bill).
C.A.L.L. (Community Advice & Listening Line) offers emotional support and information/literature on mental health and related matters to the people of Wales and can be contacted on 0800 132 737 or through the website.
The NHS offers help and advice through its 111 service.
On Tuesday afternoon health minister Eluned Morgan warned that flu cases in Wales could be double the usual levels this winter. “This is the first season where we will have significant amounts of coronavirus circulating as well as flu,” she said.
“Modelling shared with the Joint Committee for Vaccination and Immunisation has suggested this winter flu season could be 50% to 100% higher than a typical season and could peak at a different time.
“We saw very little flu last winter – you will remember that we had lockdown restrictions in place because we were dealing with high levels of coronavirus caused by the alpha – or Kent – variant.
“Data from our health service suggests the respiratory syncytial (RSV) season started earlier than usual this year in Wales – in July. Young children are particularly vulnerable because they will not previously have been exposed to RSV.”
Meanwhile it is now mandatory for people to show Covid passes before entering nightclubs and mass events in Wales.
Under the new law evidence of full vaccination or a negative Covid test within 48 hours will be required when visiting nightclubs or large events.
The plan is now in force at:
- Indoor, non-seated events for more than 500 people, such as concerts or conventions;
- Outdoor non-seated events for more than 4,000 people;
- Any setting or event with more than 10,000 people in attendance.
On Friday the Welsh Government released its new Covid Control Plan for autumn and winter with a ‘stable’ scenario in which the nation transitions to managing coronavirus as a normal respiratory illness alongside an ‘urgent’ scenario if pressure begins to ramp up once again. You can read more about that here.
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