November 27, 2020

Coronavirus infection rates, cases and deaths for all parts of Wales on Monday, November 9 – Wales Online

https://www.walesonline.co.uk/news/health/coronavirus-wales-infection-rates-cardiff-19248852

A further eight people have died with coronavirus in Wales while more than 900 new positive cases have been identified.

Public Health Wales (PHW), in its daily update on Monday, November 9, announced that 931 more people have been diagnosed with Covid-19 following a lab test. This was a rise from the 744 positive cases reported on Sunday, November 8.

PHW also confirmed that eight more people had lost their lives with the virus to take the total to 2,041.

Merthyr Tydfil is still the local authority with the most cases per 100,000 over a seven-day average although the number has fallen to 505.6, a drop from 523.8 on Sunday.

Rhondda Cynon Taf (RCT) has the second highest incidence rate with 444.7 cases per 100,000, down from 466.7, while Blaenau Gwent is third with 407.9, down on 409.4 the previous day.

Wales as a whole now averages 208.2 cases per 100,000 people, a drop from 219.1 on Sunday. The Wales-wide fire-break lockdown, which lasted 17 days, ended on Monday.

These are the key details on Monday: 

  • Deaths reported today: 8 

  • Cases reported today: 931 (Down from 744 on Sunday) 

  • Number of tests carried out: 11,894 (Down from 12,106 on Sunday) 

  • Total deaths with lab-confirmed coronavirus in Wales: 2,041

Rhondda Cynon Taf reported the most positive cases in the last 24 hours with 146, followed by Cardiff with 121, Swansea with 100, Carmarthenshire with 65, Bridgend with 64, Caerphilly with 61 and Merthyr Tydfil and Ceredigion both with 46.

Blaenau Gwent had 41 new cases, Neath Port Talbot had 34, Torfaen had 33, Flintshire had 29, Vale of Glamorgan had 22, Monmouthshire had 12 and Newport and Wrexham had 18 each.

Meanwhile, Conwy had nine cases, Pembrokeshrie had eight, Powys had seven, Denbighshire and Gwynedd had five and Anglesey had three.

Cases per 100,000 for rolling seven days (Oct 31-Nov 6)

Aneurin Bevan University Health Board

Blaenau Gwent: 407.9 (Down)

Caerphilly: 273.4 (Down)

Newport: 155.8 (Down)

Torfaen: 157.5 (Up)

Monmouthshire: 123.7 (Down)

Betsi Cadwaldr University Health Board

Wrexham: 196.4 (Down)

Flintshire: 146.1 (Down)

Denbighshire: 72.1 (Down)

Conwy: 78.5 (Down)

Anglesey: 55.7 (Down)

Gwynedd: 48.2 (Down)

Cardiff and Vale University Health Board

Cardiff: 223.2 (Down)

Vale of Glamorgan: 138.5 (Down)

Cwm Taf Morgannwg University Health Board

Merthyr Tydfil: 505.6 (Down)

Rhondda Cynon Taf: 444.7 (Down)

Bridgend: 304.7 (Down)

Hywel Dda University Health Board

Carmarthenshire: 144.6 (Up)

Ceredigion: 118.3 (Up)

Pembrokeshire: 35.8 (Down)

Powys Teaching Health Board

Powys: 115.5 (Down)

Swansea Bay University Health Board

Swansea: 288.7 (Down)

Neath Port Talbot: 253.3 (Down)

Wales total – 208.2 (Down)

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Speaking on Monday, First Minister Mark Drakeford said: “We are beginning to see some signs that cases of coronavirus are starting to fall from the very high levels we have seen over the last few weeks.

“The all-Wales level has fallen back from 250 cases per 100,000 people to just under 220 cases.

“In Merthyr Tydfil, where we had seen rates as high at 700 cases per 100,000 people, we are now seeing rates of around 520 – this is still too high but a positive fall.

“But the number of people being admitted to hospital is continuing to rise – there are more than 1,400 Covid-related cases in hospital, which is higher than the April peak.

“And, sadly, we are still seeing high numbers of deaths being reported by Public Health Wales every day. Until we get coronavirus under control, we are likely to continue to see this continuing.”

From Monday, groups of up to four people can now meet up in cafes, pubs and restaurants while shops, gyms, hairdressers and places of worship will also reopen. Here are the full details of the new restrictions.

Supermarkets can again sell non-essential items while people will only be allowed to meet up inside homes with members of one other household if they have joined into a “bubble”.

A 10pm curfew on alcohol sales will carry over from before the firebreak, with people required to prove their home address in bars following concerns people in England could flout its own lockdown and travel to Wales for a drink.

There are no restrictions on travel within Wales, but people will not be allowed to travel outside of the country unless for a reasonable excuse such as work.

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Dr Giri Shankar, incident director for the novel coronavirus outbreak response at Public Health Wales, said: “Public Health Wales will work with Welsh Government to monitor the effect of the regulations that begin today as Wales exits the fire-break period.

“We support the call for the public to take personal responsibility for their actions and to ensure that we are all doing as much as possible to limit the transmission of coronavirus.

“Although the fire-break period in Wales has ended, we would urge everyone to be aware that this that this does not mean a return to normality.

“We ask the public to observe the new regulations and to limit their contact with other people as much as possible so that we all work together to bring the numbers of positive cases down.

“This means staying out of other people’s homes, limiting the times and the numbers of people that you meet, maintaining social distancing and hand hygiene, working from home if you can, and self-isolating if you show symptoms of coronavirus or are asked to do so by contact tracers.

“Coronavirus is still active in communities across Wales, so we all need to take steps to keep everyone safe and to prevent the transmission of the disease.

“Urgent action has been taken following reports from health authorities in Denmark that widespread outbreaks of novel coronavirus has been found in mink farms, with subsequent spread of a mink-variant virus to the local community.

“Denmark was removed from the UK coronavirus travel corridor list on Friday, November 6. Any travellers returning to the UK will now be required to self-isolate for 14 days according to the national guidance and legislation https://www.gov.uk/uk-border-control/self-isolating-when-you-arrive.

“This decision has been taken as a precautionary measure and will prevent risk to Wales and the UK from this new strain. Public Health Wales will be in touch with Welsh residents who have been in Denmark in the past 14 days to explain that they and their households are required to self-isolate.

“We would also advise all members of the public with pet mink or ferrets to avoid contact with them while symptomatic with any Covid symptoms.

“We recognise that many people may be finding life more challenging, resulting in difficulties with mental health. There are many agencies which provide help and support, including the C.A.L.L. helpline on 0800 132 737, which will refer callers to the most appropriate organisation according to their needs.

“If you are in severe mental distress or are having suicidal thoughts, please contact Samaritans Cymru free on 116 123.

“More information about the new rules is available at the Welsh Government website.”