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Coronavirus infection rates, cases and deaths for all parts of Wales on Friday, October 16

Five more people have died in Wales after testing positive for coronavirus and close to 1,000 new positive cases have been recorded.

Latest figures from Public Health Wales (PHW) for Friday, October 16, show that 979 new positive cases have been diagnosed following a lab test, the most ever recorded in a single day.

The NHS body also confirmed that five more people had lost their lives with the virus to take the total since the pandemic began to 1,703.

Cardiff remains the local authority with the most cases per 100,000 people based on a rolling seven-day average with 236.8, up on 223.5 on Thursday.

Bridgend now has the second highest rate at 183.6 per 100,000, up from 161.2 the day before, while Rhondda Cynon Taf was third with 176.2 (down on 178.2 yesterday).

The other local authority areas recording more than 100 cases per 100,000 included Wrexham with 173.6, Merthyr Tydfil with 170.7 (a significant decline over the course of the last week), Flintshire with 153.1, Blaenau Gwent with 148.9, Swansea with 147.4, Conwy with 138.2, Neath Port Talbot with 136.8, Flintshire with 119.1 and Caerphilly with 111.6.

The Wales overall infection rate is 128.7 per 100,000, which is up on 125.9 recorded the day before.

On Friday, First Minister Mark Drakeford announced Wales’ plan for a “fire break” lockdown to halt the increasing spread of coronavirus.

He said that the Welsh Government’s plan would see people confined to their homes and businesses shutting for two or three weeks to give the virus a “short, sharp shock”.

It is expected that if ministers decide to go ahead with it, this could be announced on Monday next week, October 19, and come into force on Friday, October 23.

Around 2.3m people are now in local lockdowns across Denbighshire, Flintshire, Conwy, Wrexham, Cardiff, Swansea, Blaenau Gwent, Bridgend, Caerphilly, Llanelli in Carmarthenshire, Merthyr Tydfil, Rhondda Cynon Taf, Newport, Neath Port Talbot, the Vale of Glamorgan and Torfaen. Bangor in Gwynedd has now also been added to that list.

Several hospitals are now reporting Covid-19 outbreaks, including the Royal Glamorgan, the Royal Gwent, Princess of Wales, Prince Charles and Morriston.

These are the key details on Friday:

  • Deaths reported today: 5

  • Cases reported today: 979 (up from 727 on Thursday)

  • Number of tests carried out yesterday: 9,823 (up from 8,808 on Thursday)

  • Total deaths with lab-confirmed coronavirus in Wales: 1,703

Cardiff reported the highest number of new cases on Friday with 175, followed by Rhondda Cynon Taf with 120, Swansea with 86, Bridgend with 79, Neath Port Talbot with 52, Caerphilly and Flintshire with 51 and Blaenau Gwent with 30.

Other local authorities in double figures included Newport and Carmarthenshire with 28, Wrexham with 26, Torfaen with 24, Conwy with 22, Merthyr Tydfil with 21, Vale of Glamorgan with 19, Gwynedd with 18, Monmouthshire with 16, Denbighshire with 15 and Pembrokeshire with 12

Meanwhile, Powys had nine, Ceredigion had four and Anglesey had two.

There were 82 cases from people outside of Wales included in the figures, which Public Health Wales said referred to mainly young people with Welsh home addresses but who were currently living outside Wales.

These are the areas with the highest seven-day rolling totals for new cases (October 7-13). All figures are reported as cases adjusted for population (per 100,000 people):

Aneurin Bevan University Health Board

Blaenau Gwent: 148.9 (Up)

Newport: 69.8 (Unchanged)

Torfaen: 68.1 (Up)

Caerphilly: 111.6 (Up)

Monmouthshire: 59.2 (Up)

Betsi Cadwaldr University Health Board

Flintshire: 153.1 (Up)

Wrexham: 173.6 (Down)

Conwy: 149.3 (Up)

Denbighshire: 138.2 (Up)

Gwynedd: 97.1 (Unchanged)

Anglesey: 67.1 (Unchanged)

Cardiff and Vale University Health Board

Cardiff: 236.8 (Up)

Vale of Glamorgan: 58.4 (Up)

Cwm Taf Morgannwg University Health Board

Merthyr Tydfil: 170.7 (Down)

Rhondda Cynon Taf: 176.2 (Down)

Bridgend: 183.6 (Up)

Hywel Dda University Health Board

Carmarthenshire: 75.2 (Up)

Ceredigion: 24.8 (Up)

Pembrokeshire: 27 (Up)

Powys Teaching Health Board

Powys: 46.8 (Down)

Swansea Bay University Health Board

Swansea: 147.4 (Up)

Neath Port Talbot: 136.8 (Up)

Wales overall: 128.7 (Up)

Dr Chris Williams, incident director for the novel coronavirus outbreak response at Public Health Wales, said: “Cases of coronavirus continue to rise in all parts of Wales, including in areas where local restrictions are in place.

“The public health message has not changed and is as important as ever; it is vital that people in every part of Wales stick to social distancing guidelines – that’s staying two metres away from others, avoiding socialising with people outside your household, and washing hands regularly. They must also self-isolate immediately when asked to do so.

“We have seen an increase in transmission of the coronavirus in social settings, and would like to remind the public that the virus spreads really well in social situations. If you need to visit these type of venues, then:

  • Don’t mix with anyone other than the people that you live with;
  • Stay 2m apart from people that you don’t live with;
  • If you are contacted by the Test, Trace, Protect service, then please be honest about where you have been and with whom – the contact tracers aren’t going to judge you, they are trying to restrict the spread of the virus. By giving them the correct information you will help others avoid infection, and possibly getting seriously ill.

“Local restrictions are now in place in Blaenau Gwent, Bridgend, Caerphilly, Cardiff, Conwy, Denbighshire, Flintshire, Merthyr Tydfil, Neath Port Talbot, Newport, Rhondda Cynon Taf, Swansea, Torfaen, Vale of Glamorgan, and Wrexham local authority areas, and in the hyperlocal areas of Bangor and Llanelli.”



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