Coronavirus infection rates, cases and deaths for all parts of Wales on Friday 1 April

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According to the latest figures from Public Health Wales, a further ten people have died from the corona virus. New data published on Friday, April 1, spanning a 24-hour period, also shows 1,438 new positive PCR test results to bring the total since the start of the pandemic to 863,544.

The total number of people who have died within 28 days of a positive Covid test in Wales now stands at 7,172. The latest infection rate based on PCR testing for the seven days to March 27 is 443.6 cases for every 100,000 people — a drop from the 451.7 cases recorded Thursday. It is the second day in a row that the infection rate has fallen.

The infection rate based on PCR tests is only a guideline for the spread of Covid in Wales as it does not include results from lateral flow tests reported weekly in Wales. People with no symptoms who test positive for an LFT no longer need a confirmatory PCR test.

Read more:What are the rules for Covid testing? When should you send children to school? How can you get tests?

The latest data on lateral flow tests, for the week to March 27, shows an increase in positive tests. 32,465 positive test results were reported in the past seven days. That’s more than last week’s 30,712 and the highest weekly figure ever. The episode positivity rate increased from 22.83% in the previous week to 24.37% in the last reporting week. Powys Teaching Health Board recorded the highest incidence of 1,135.1 positive test episodes per 100,000 population.

In the seven days to March 27, a total of 39.2% of PCR tests in Wales gave a positive result – a decrease from the 39.3% reported on Thursday. The highest positivity rates were in Blaenau Gwent (45.8%), Torfaen (43.1%) and Cardiff (41.9%). The highest infection rate (based on PCR testing) for the seven days to March 26 was Blaenau Gwent with 701.4 cases per 100,000 population, followed by Vale of Glamorgan with 526.2 and Merthyr Tydfil with 523.8.

Rhondda Cynon Taf recorded the most positive cases over the last 24 hour period with 120 followed by Cardiff with 118, Caerphilly with 110, Flintshire with 86, Newport with 77, Swansea with 74, Carmarthenshire with 67, Bridgend with 61 and Conwy with 60 .

Meanwhile, Pembrokeshire had 59 new cases, Gwynedd 58, Vale of Glamorgan 57, Blaenau Gwent 56, Wrexham 55, Torfaen 51, Denbighshire 48, Neath Port Talbot 44 and Monmouthshire 42. the lowest numbers were Powys with 36, Ceredigion with 35, Anglesey with 29 and Merthyr Tydfil with 28.

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As of March 31, there were 17 patients in ventilated intensive care beds with confirmed Covid-19 – the same number as the day before. Eight of them were based in Cardiff and Vale University Health Board (UHB), four in Hywel Dda UHB, three in Swansea Bay UHB and two in Betsi Cadwaladr UHB.

Figures are also being published showing how many people in hospital are being treated specifically for Covid rather than testing positive for the virus, but being hospitalized for other reasons. They show that as of March 31, there were 714 patients in acute hospitals with confirmed Covid, of whom 103 (14%) were being treated for the condition. That figure has fallen in the past week.

In total, 2,529,753 people have received one dose of the coronavirus vaccine and 2,400,101 have received two doses. Meanwhile, 1,940,036 people have received their booster shots in Wales.

Infection rate for every 100,000 people in each area during the seven days to March 27:

Aneurin Bevan University Health Board

Blaenau Gwent: 701.4 (below 710)

Newport: 465.5 (down from 480.4)

Caerphilly: 429.7 (vs 446.2)

Torfaen: 503.4 (versus 492.8)

Monmouthshire: 458.8 (versus 476.8)

Betsi Cadwaladr University Health Board

Conwy: 351.5 (lower than 352.4)

Anglesey: 479.7 (down from 486.8)

Gwynedd: 408.6 (down from 417.5)

Denbighshire: 520.4 (vs 527.7)

Flintshire: 429.9 (vs 447.8)

Wrexham: 479.6 (out of 490.6)

Cardiff and Vale University Health Board

Cardiff: 478.1 (down from 481.6)

Vale of Glamorgan: 526.2 (lower than 538.2)

Cwm Taf Glamorgan University Health Board

Merthyr Tydfil: 523.8 (versus 508.9)

Rhondda Cynon Taff: 456.8 (out of 469.6)

Bridgend: 383.5 (versus 380.8)

Hywel Dda University Health Board

Carmarthenshire: 422.7 (out of 434.4)

Pembrokeshire: 448.3 (out of 468.1)

Ceredigion: 392 (out of 389.9)

Powys Education Health Council

Powys: 402.5 (out of 416.8)

Health Council of the University of Swansea Bay

Neath Port Talbot: 339.1 (versus 337.7)

Swansea: 324.7 (down from 329.2)

Wales total:443.6(from451.7

The Office for National Statistics infection survey, published on Friday, April 1, shows that the number of cases is increasing. It estimates 212,000 people in Wales – or about 1 in 14 – had Covid in the week ending March 26. In England it was one in 13, in Scotland it was one in 12 and Northern Ireland it was one in 15.

As of Monday, March 28, people in Wales no longer have to wear masks in shops or on public transport, but they are still needed in hospitals and healthcare facilities. The Welsh government decided not to relax all restrictions on that date, as it had hoped, as the number of cases in Wales continued to rise.

The legal requirement to self-isolate has also been dropped and instead people are now asked to stay indoors if they test positive, but it is no longer the law that they must. Companies still need to complete risk assessments.

Meanwhile, sweeping changes to testing were announced by the Welsh Government on Monday, including:

  • Wednesday, March 30 was the last day the public could book a PCR test if they have symptoms of the virus;

  • As of Thursday 31 March, all PCR testing sites in Wales were closed and free lateral flow testing in support of regular asymptomatic testing in workplaces was terminated, except for health and social care providers;

  • Free lateral flow testing to the public for regular asymptomatic testing ended Thursday, March 31;

  • From Friday 1 April, if you have Covid symptoms, you will need to use a lateral flow test to check if you have Covid and from that date only people eligible for Covid-19 treatments will be able to order PCR tests at home;

  • Routine asymptomatic tests in childcare and education, excluding special education, will stop on Friday, April 8.

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