Seven more people have died with coronavirus in Wales according to the latest figures from Public Health Wales.
New data published on Wednesday, November 24, which covers the 24-hour period up to 9am on November 23, show the total number of Covid-related deaths in Wales now stands at 6,361.
There were also 1,931 new positive cases recorded in the latest update bringing the total number since the pandemic began to 495,724.
The latest seven-day infection rate across Wales, based on the cases for every 100,000 people (for the seven days up to November 19) now stands at 502 – a drop from the 511.1 reported on Tuesday.
The local authority with the highest infection rate in Wales is Gwynedd with 855 cases per 100,000 population over seven days followed by Vale of Glamorgan with 652.8 and Monmouthshire with 584.6.
The test positivity rate across Wales is at 18.1%, a fall from the 18.3% reported on Tuesday.
The areas of the country recording the highest numbers of new Covid cases are Cardiff with 252, Flintshire with 147, Gwynedd with 142, RCT with 133, Swansea with 123, Vale of Glamorgan with 121, Carmarthenshire with 120 an Wrexham with 119.
Meanwhile Caerphilly had 115 new cases, Newport had 97, Conwy had 87, Pembrokeshire and Neath Port Talbot both had 82, Powys and Denbighshire both had 80 and Bridgend had 75.
The local authorities recording the fewest cases were Anglesey with 52, Monmouthshire with 50, Torfaen with 42, Merthyr Tydfil with 36, Blaenau Gwent with 34, and Ceredigion with 14.
As of November 23 there were 614 people in general and acute hospital beds with coronavirus (confirmed, suspected, and recovering), a fall on the 644 reported on November 22. There were 54 people in a ventilated intensive care bed with Covid-19 on November 23, a fall on the 58 reported the day before.
The latest data showed that 2,465,183 people had received one dose of the coronavirus vaccine and 2,259,175 had been given both doses.
To date 751,460 people have received their Covid booster vaccine according to PHW, including more than three-quarters of care home residents (78.9%) and over 80s (78.2%), over two-thirds of healthcare workers (71.4%) and over half of all care home workers (61.8%).
Looking after your mental health during the pandemic
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 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 time 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
infoline is open Monday to Friday from 9am to 6pm. To contact them call 0300 123 3393.
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).
(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.
offers help and advice through its 111 service.
Uptake of the first vaccine dose by priority group (according to PHW):
- Severely immunosuppressed: 99.2%
- Care home residents: 98.2%
- Care home workers: 94.5%
- 80 years and older: 96.2%
- Healthcare workers: 97.2%
- Social care workers: 45,781
- 75-79 years: 97%
- 70-74 years: 96.4%
- Clinically extremely vulnerable 16-69 years: 95.3%
- 65-69 years: 95.2%
- Clinical risk groups 12-64 years: 90.2%
- 60-64 years: 93.6%
- 55-59 years: 91.9%
- 50-54 years: 90.1%
- 40-49 years: 85.3%
- 30-39 years: 79%
- 18-29 years: 78.6%
- 16-17 years: 75.9%
- 12-15 years: 52.7%
Uptake of the second vaccine dose by priority group (according to PHW):
Severely immunosuppressed: 78.8%
- Care home residents: 96.9%
- Care home workers: 92.1%
- 80 years and older: 95.4%
- Healthcare workers: 95.8%
- Social care workers: 45,280
- 75-79 years: 96.4%
- 70-74 years: 95.8%
- Clinically extremely vulnerable 16-69 years: 93.9%
- 65-69 years: 94.4%
- Clinical risk groups 12-64 years: 86.6%
- 60-64 years: 92.5%
- 55-59 years: 90.6%
- 50-54 years: 88.4%
- 40-49 years: 82.7%
- 30-39 years: 74.4%
- 18-29 years: 71.5%
- 16-17 years: 31%
- 12-15 years: 0.8%
Uptake of booster vaccines (according to PHW)
- Care home residents: 78.9%
- Care home workers: 61.8%
- 80 years and older: 78.2%
- Healthcare workers: 71.4%
- Social care workers: 32,034
- 75-79 years: 82.1%
- 70-74 years: 80%
- Clinically extremely vulnerable 16-69 years: 39.4%
- 65-69 years: 63.2%
- Clinical risk groups 12-64 years: 14.8%
- 60-64 years: 26.4%
- 55-59 years: 19.7%
- 50-54 years: 16.3%
- 40-49 years: 12%
- 30-39 years: 8.4%
- 18-29 years: 5.4%
- 16-17 years: 1.8%
Infection rate for every 100,000 people in each area for the seven days up to November 19:
Aneurin Bevan University Health Board
Blaenau Gwent: 425.1 (down from 450.9)
Newport: 457.7 (down from 472.6)
Caerphilly: 474.4 (down from 483.8)
Torfaen: 514 (down from 518.3)
Monmouthshire: 584.6 (up from 582.5)
Betsi Cadwaladr University Health Board
Conwy: 384.8 (up from 378)
Anglesey: 452.6 (up from 429.7)
Gwynedd: 855 (down from 886.3)
Denbighshire: 482.8 (down from 483.8)
Flintshire: 494.6 (up from 480.5)
Wrexham: 579.6 (up from 574.4)
Cardiff and Vale University Health Board
Cardiff: 499 (down from 532)
Vale of Glamorgan: 652.8 (down from 695.4)
Cwm Taf Morgannwg University Health Board
Merthyr Tydfil: 533.8 (up from 504.8)
Rhondda Cynon Taf: 446.4 (down from 465.9)
Bridgend: 431.1 (down from 438.6)
Hywel Dda University Health Board
Carmarthenshire: 492.1 (down from 502.7)
Pembrokeshire: 551.6 (unchanged)
Ceredigion: 266.9 (up from 255.9)
Powys Teaching Health Board
Powys: 475.7 (down from 514.2)
Swansea Bay University Health Board
Neath Port Talbot: 471 (down from 484.2)
Swansea: 468.8 (down from 488.3)
Wales total: 502 (down from511.1)
It is now compulsory for visitors to cinemas, theatres, and concert halls in Wales to show a Covid pass. You can read more about that here.
Health officials recently recommended the Covid-19 vaccine booster programme should be extended to include healthy 40 to 49-year-olds. Read more here.
The Joint Committee on Vaccination and Immunisation (JCVI) said all adults over the age of 40 should be offered a booster six months after their second dose. It is now up to the governments in all parts of the UK whether they act on the recommendation. You can find the Welsh Government statement here.
It has also said that 16 and 17-year-olds should come forward for a second dose of the Pfizer/BioNTech jab – which should be given at least 12 weeks after the first.
Those over 50 have already been offered a third jab, a booster, after it was found that immunity from the first two jabs had waned.
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