Coronavirus infection rates, cases and deaths for all parts of Wales on Monday 21 March

Four more people have died from the coronavirus, according to the latest figures from Public Health Wales.

New data published on Monday, March 21, spanning a 24-hour period, shows 2,566 new positive PCR test results to bring the total to 840,270. The total number of people who have died within 28 days of a positive Covid test in Wales now stands at 7,070.

The latest infection rate based on PCR testing for the seven days to March 13 is 335 cases for every 100,000 people – an increase from the 304.5 cases recorded on Friday. The infection rate rose above 300 for the first time since the week of February 6.

Read more: Reasons why Covid infections are rising again in Wales

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.

The latest data on lateral flow tests, for the week to March 13, also shows an increase in positive tests. There were 21,212 positive test results reported in the past seven days. That’s significantly more than last week’s 12,288.

It is not just in Wales where the number of cases is increasing. Monday (March 21) it was announced that the number of people hospitalized with coronavirus in Scotland has reached the highest number since the start of the pandemic, with the latest figures of 2,128 patients hospitalized with the virus.

The infection rate in every area of ​​Wales has increased with the highest infection rate (based on PCR testing) over the seven days to March 14, being Blaenau Gwent with 515.3 cases per 100,000 population, followed by Vale of Glamorgan with 428.9 and Gwynedd with 386.2.

Cardiff recorded the most positive cases over the last 24 hour period with 281 followed by RCT with 206, Caerphilly with 161, Flintshire with 140 and Carmarthenshire with 139

Swansea had 138 while Newport had 128, Wrexham 118, Vale of Glamorgan 116 and Gwynedd 111, Pembrokeshire 105 and Neath Port Talbot 102.

The under 100 place are Blaenau Gwent at 99, Bridgend at 88, Denbighshire at 86, Conwy at 81, Ceredigion at 80, Monmouthshire and Powys at 78, Torfaen at 70, Merthyr Tydfil at 42 and Anglesey at 41.

In the seven days to March 14, a total of 34.2% of PCR tests in Wales gave a positive result – up from the 32.6% reported on Friday. The highest positivity rates were in Blaenau Gwent (39.7%), Vale of Glamorgan (39%) and Flintshire (38.3%).

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On March 18, there were 16 patients in ventilated intensive care beds with confirmed Covid-19, up from 12 on March 17. Seven of them were based in Cardiff and Vale University Health Board (UHB), five were in Betsi Cadwaladr UHB, three were in Hywel Dda UHB and one Swansea Bay UHB. The decline in the number of ICs at the beginning of the year has stopped and has fluctuated around the same level for the past month.

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 18, there were 645 patients with Covid in acute hospitals, 110 of whom were being treated for the condition.

In total, 2,524,362 people have received one dose of the coronavirus vaccine and 2,395,167 have received two doses. Meanwhile, 1,927,654 people have received their booster shots in Wales.

Infection rate for every 100,000 people in each area during the seven days to March 14:

Aneurin Bevan University Health Board

Blaenau Gwent: 513.3 (vs 432.3)

Newport: 333.6 (out of 306.4)

Caerphilly: 291 (of 263.4)

Torfaen: 325.7 (against 287.4)

Monmouthshire: 336.2 (versus 293.9)

Betsi Cadwaladr University Health Board

Conwy: 266.2 (versus 251.7)

Anglesey: 304.1 (versus 258.4)

Gwynedd: 386.2 (versus 370.1)

Denbighshire: 349 (against 317.7)

Flintshire: 356.8 (versus 332.5)

Wrexham: 375.1 (vs 330.3)

Cardiff and Vale University Health Board

Cardiff: 362.8 (versus 321.1)

Vale of Glamorgan: 428.9 (versus 384)

Cwm Taf Glamorgan University Health Board

Merthyr Tydfil: 220.5 (lower than 202.2)

Rhondda Cynon Taff: 378 (versus 353.1)

Bridgend: 262.5 (versus 233.3)

Hywel Dda University Health Board

Carmarthenshire: 354.4 (versus 326.9)

Pembrokeshire: 356.9 (vs 321.9)

Ceredigion: 364.5 (out of 345.3)

Powys Education Health Council

Powys: 301.3 (versus 259)

Health Council of the University of Swansea Bay

Neath Port Talbot: 246.3 (versus 238.6)

Swansea: 240.9 (versus 228.8)

Wales total:335(from304.5)

Prime Minister Mark Drakeford has announced that all legal Covid measures in Wales could be removed on March 28. He said Wales will remain at alert zero for now, but the legal requirements could disappear after a review on March 24 if the public health situation persists. stable.

If so, it means that from March 28 it will no longer be mandatory to wear face coverings in shops, on public transport or in healthcare facilities and self-isolation will not be a legal requirement. However, plans for similar measures in Scotland to come into effect from March 21 have now been postponed due to a rise in Covid cases.

Expert virologists say one of the biggest reasons for the Covid resurgence is the emergence of a more transmissible sub-variant of Omicron known as BA.2, which first hit Northern Ireland but has since spread across the UK, with Wales seems to be the last to feel its impact. It is clear that the infection rate in Wales will continue to rise before, hopefully, it starts to decline. However, BA.2 is not thought to cause more serious disease.

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