There have been seven more deaths in Wales but the infection rate is now below 50

Seven more people have died of coronavirus in Wales, but the infection rate has dropped to below 50, according to figures released today

On Saturday the 6th Figures released by Public Health Wales on March 23rd show 195 new cases of Covid-19 have been confirmed within the last 24 hours, down from 230 on Friday, bringing the total since the pandemic started to 204886

The number of people who died of coronavirus within a month of testing positive in Wales now stands at 5385

The infection rate across Wales is now 48 cases per 100000 inhabitants, based on the seven days up to 1 March, a decrease to 507 reported on Friday

The latest data also shows that 983419 people have now received their first dose of the coronavirus vaccine, an increase from 16377 versus 967042, which was released 24 hours earlier, Health Secretary Vaughan Gething has announced that all adults in Wales will be allowed by 31 July a Covid-19 vaccine will be offered The vaccine rollout program in Wales is expected to accelerate rapidly from next week due to the increased supply

Now have a total of 168163 people received both vaccine doses, an increase from 154819 on Friday

Gwynedd remains the local authority with the highest infection rate in Wales with a 7 day rate of 851 per 100000 of 891 on Thursday

Caerphilly is runner-up with a 7-day rate of 735 per 100000 inhabitants of 768

Conwy is third with a 7-day rate of 734 cases per 100000 of 836

In terms of new cases reported in the past 24 hours, Cardiff is highest at 22, followed by Caerphilly at 19 and Conwy, Flintshire and Gwynedd at 14

Wrexham and Swansea had 13, Merthyr Tydfil had 12, Carmarthenshire had 10, Denbighshire had nine, Bridgend, Neath Port Talbot and Newport had eight, Rhondda Cynon Taf had seven, Anglesey had six, Vale of Glamorgan had five, Monmouthshire had four, and Blaenau Gwent, Ceredigion and Pembrokeshire had two
Speaking at Friday’s press conference, Mr Gething said the Welsh government would consider whether the current stay at home rule could be lifted next week as part of the recent lockdown review

He added: “The latest figures show the total number of people hospitalized with coronavirus continues to decline and fewer than 450 people with confirmed coronavirus were hospitalized across Wales yesterday – the lowest number since Nov. October

“With more people being vaccinated in Wales, the number of people hospitalized may be falling faster than expected

“We have also seen a reduction in the number of people with coronavirus in our intensive care units, all of which are really positive and suggest that we have the worst wave of the second virus in Wales – thanks to everything you have over the last Months have done “

However, there was a warning of mutant strains that could cause further infection, so far there have been 24 cases of the South African variant in Wales, research has shown that most cases have links to international travel

He added, “Investigations into a handful of cases are ongoing, including targeted testing of close contacts to identify the source of the infection and prevent further spread”

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First Secretary Mark Drakeford is currently self-isolating after contacting someone who tested positive for coronavirus

Mr. Gething confirmed to the briefing that “a few” high-level officials in the Welsh Government had tested positive for Covid-19

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