The current R rate in Wales as key marker for easing lockdown restrictions is passed

The R rate for Wales remains below one according to the latest figures.

Wales health minister Vaughan Gething told the latest coronavirus briefing that most recent estimate from SAGE is that R is between 0.7 and 0.9.

He said on Monday (February 8) that there were some “encouraging signs” that the number of people needing hospital treatment for coronavirus is starting to fall. What was said at the latest briefing.

The number of people with confirmed Covid in Welsh hospitals is at the lowest since November 8, 2020, and there has also a reduction in the number of people with coronavirus needing intensive care.

The R number represents the amount of people each person with Covid-19 is infecting with the virus.

In more good news, the positivity rate – this is the percentage of tests, which return a positive result every day – is also falling. It now stands at just below 10%.

This is compared to more than 25% before Christmas.

Figures on Monday also show the infection has fallen to around 115 cases of coronavirus per 100,000 people in Wales.

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Mr Gething said the positivity rate was still “high”, and add that headroom to lift restrictions is “still limited”, telling the briefing: “We have spoken a lot about the headroom available to us, and we have made clear that schools are our first priority which is why we have plans to restart education for our youngest children.

“They should be going back after half term. It is good news that are able to take a step forward.

“As we moved forward and see further falls we can then take further steps too. I won’t forecast when they will be.

“There is lots for us to think about and do.

“Good news that we have falling rates, but we are still at about 123% of our critical care capacity, so the headroom we have is still limited. That is why taking a measured, managed and cautious approach as we take further steps out of the extraordinary steps we have had to take to keep Wales safe.”


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