Four new coronavirus deaths have been reported in Wales and more than 600 new positive cases.
The latest data published by Public Health Wales (PHW) on Wednesday, August 4 has confirmed that there were 608 new cases identified in the 24 hours up to Tuesday morning, bringing the total number of cases since the pandemic began to 243,857.
Four new deaths have been reported meaning the total number of people who have died within 28 days of testing positive for Covid-19 has risen to 5,620.
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The latest infection rate across Wales as a whole is now 136.3 per 100,000 people, based on the seven days up to July 30, down from 139.8 the previous day. Wales’ infection rate has now fallen steadily over more than a week.
The figures are based on the date a test was done, not the date a test was put on the system, meaning it is an accurate reflection of how fast the virus is spreading in Wales.
The area with the highest infection rate in Wales is Denbighshire with 359.5 new cases per 100,000 population, followed by Conwy with a rate of 252.6. Meanwhile, the percentage of tests coming back positive across the country is now 9.7%, down slightly from 9.9% the previous day.
The areas with the highest number of cases in the last 24 hours are Cardiff with 52, Flintshire with 51, Denbighshire with 45 and Newport with 43. Ceredigion recorded the lowest number of cases with just 2.
As of August 3, there were 161 people in general and acute hospital beds with confirmed (124), suspected (14) and recovering (23) cases of coronavirus.
As of August 3, Cwm Taf Morgannwg and Cardiff and Vale had the most amount of people in hospital related to Covid with 35 each. This is followed by Betsi Cadwaladr University Health Board with 33, Aneurin Bevan University Health Board with 30.
Hywel Dda University Health Board had 17 Covid patients, Swansea Bay University Health Board had 11 and Velindre University Trust and Powys Teaching Health Board had no patients.
As of August 3, there were 20 people in invasive ventilated beds in Wales with coronavirus, down from 21 reported the day before.
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The latest figures show that 2,298,387 people in Wales have received their first dose of the coronavirus vaccine and 2,083,343 people have received both doses of the jab.
Uptake of the first vaccine dose by priority group (according to PHW):
- Care home residents: 14,009 (98.1%)
- Care home workers: 35,539 (93.4%)
- 80 years and older: 163,320 (96.1%)
- Healthcare workers: 137,579 (96.5%)
- Social care workers: 45,664 (no percentage available)
- 75-79 years: 127,883 (96.9%)
- 70-74 years: 175,899 (96.2%)
- Clinically extremely vulnerable 16-69 years: 76,843 (94.8%)
- 65-69 years: 171,109 (95.0%)
- Clinical risk groups 16-64 years 318,044 (89.7%)
- 60-64 years: 191,624 (93.3%)
- 55-59 years: 213,645 (91.5%)
- 50-54 years: 204,502 (89.6%)
- 40-49 years: 332,385 (84.3%)
- 30-39 years: 325,776 (76.3%)
- 18-29 years: 362,351 (75%)
Uptake of the second vaccine dose by priority group (according to PHW):
- Care home residents: 13,583 (95.2%)
- Care home workers: 34,079 (89.6%)
- 80 years and older: 160,843 (94.7%)
- Healthcare workers: 133,834 (93.8%)
- Social care workers: 44,864 (no percentage available)
- 75-79 years: 126,565 (95.9%)
- 70-74 years: 174,306 (95.4%)
- Clinically extremely vulnerable 16-69 years: 74,950 (92.5%)
- 65-69 years: 168,892 (93.8%)
- Clinical risk groups 16-64 years: 301,959 (85.2%)
- 60-64 years: 188,204 (91.7%)
- 55-59 years: 208,658 (89.4%)
- 50-54 years: 198,191 (86.8%)
- 40-49 years: 311,396 (78.9%)
- 30-39 years: 277,671 (65.1%)
- 18-29 years: 260,671 (54.60%)
Infection rate for every 100,000 people in each area for the seven days (week up to July 30):
Aneurin Bevan University Health Board
Blaenau Gwent: 100.2 (down from 105.9)
Newport: 144.8 (down from 145.5)
Caerphilly: 108.2 (up from 110.5)
Torfaen: 119.2 (down from 125.6)
Monmouthshire: 106.8 (down from 110.0)
Betsi Cadwaladr University Health Board
Conwy: 252.6 (down from 267.1)
Anglesey: 95.7 (up from 88.5)
Gwynedd: 118.0 (up from 114.0)
Denbighshire: 359.5 (up from 358.4)
Flintshire: 174.2 (down from 183.9)
Wrexham: 196.4 (down from 202.3)
Cardiff and Vale University Health Board
Cardiff: 130.0 (down from 130.0)
Vale of Glamorgan: 95.8 (up from 95.1)
Cwm Taf Morgannwg University Health Board
Merthyr Tydfil: 125.6 (down from 129.3)
Rhondda Cynon Taf: 108.6 (down from 119.4)
Bridgend: 166.6 (up from 163.2)
Hywel Dda University Health Board
Carmarthenshire: 89.0 (down from 91.1)
Pembrokeshire: 81.1 (down from 83.5)
Ceredigion: 88.0 (up from 82.5)
Powys Teaching Health Board
Powys: 152.5 (down from 160.8)
Swansea Bay University Health Board
Neath Port Talbot: 119.3 (unchanged)
Swansea: 115 (down from 113.0)
Wales total: 136.3 (down from139.8)
Wales has now been at alert level one for more than two weeks and, provided the public health situation allows it, will move into alert level zero on Saturday, August 7.
Welsh Government’s cabinet has been meeting this week before confirming any decisions on Thursday. First Minister Mark Drakeford is then expected to announce these decisions publicly at a press conference on Friday lunchtime. It is expected that, from that date, there will be no legal limits on the number of people who can meet others indoors, including in private homes.
Meanwhile, all premises would be able to open and most, but not all, restrictions will be removed, with masks not needed to be worn in hospitality settings.
If the move goes ahead, it will mean Wales is following a very similar timetable to Scotland, which is set to lift all restrictions from August 9.