Six more people have died in Wales after testing positive for Covid-19, the most reported in a single day since July 2.
Public Health Wales (PHW) also confirmed there were 398 new lab-confirmed positive cases of coronavirus for Thursday, October 1. This is the highest figure so far during the second wave. More cases were only reported once before on April 10.
Dr Robin Howe, incident director for the novel coronavirus outbreak, said approximately 2,000 test results – which will include both positive and negative results – from the UK Department of Health and Social Care’s lighthouse labs have been delayed.
“This means that today’s test numbers will be an underestimate of the true picture of coronavirus in Wales,” he said.
“This is beyond our control, and we apologise for any inconvenience this may cause. The number of tests will in likelihood increase disproportionately over the coming days as the backlog of test results are incorporated into our reporting.”
The number of overall deaths with coronavirus in Wales now stands at 1,622. The last time six deaths or more were reported in a single day by PHW was on July 2.
Not all of these new deaths will have taken place in the last 24 hours due to delays in them being reported to PHW.
The figures come ahead of four local authority areas in north Wales – Denbighshire, Flintshire, Conwy and Wrexham – being placed into lockdown from 6pm on Thursday, October 1.
They join Cardiff, Swansea, Blaenau Gwent, Bridgend, Caerphilly borough, Llanelli in Carmarthenshire, Merthyr Tydfil, Rhondda Cynon Taf, Newport, Neath Port Talbot, the Vale of Glamorgan and Torfaen in having local restrictions.
Blaenau Gwent continues to record the highest rate of infections in Wales with 246.2 positive cases per 100,000 population in the last seven days – down on 274.8 the day before.
Infection rates for Merthyr Tydfil are the second highest at 208.9 cases per 100,000, which was down on 213.8 yesterday, while Rhondda Cynon Taf also remains high at 178.2 cases per 100,000 (a drop on 184 on Wednesday).
The Wales average per 100,000 population is now at 75.7 – up from 73.4 the day before.
These are the key details on Thursday:
- Deaths reported today: 6
- Cases reported today: 398 (up from 388 on Wednesday)
- Number of tests carried out yesterday: 9,137 (up on 7,818 on Wednesday)
- Total deaths with lab-confirmed coronavirus in Wales: 1,622
Cardiff reported the highest number of positive tests on Thursday with 74, followed by Rhondda Cynon Taf with 51, Swansea and Wrexham with 25 and Bridgend with 23.
The other local authorities in double figures included Merthyr Tydfil with 18, Newport with 17, Conwy with 16, Flintshire and Caerphilly with 15, Carmarthenshire with 14, Blaenau Gwent with 13, Neath Port Talbot with 12 and Vale of Glamorgan with 10.
Meanwhile Torfaen had nine, Denbighshire had seven, Powys had six, Gwynedd had five, Ceredigion had four, Pembrokeshire and Monmouthshire had three and Anglesey had one.
These are the areas with the highest seven-day rolling totals for new cases (Sep 18-24). All figures are reported as cases adjusted for population (per 100,000 people):
Aneurin Bevan University Health Board
Blaenau Gwent: 246.2 (Down)
Torfaen: 56.4 (Up)
Caerphilly: 50.3 (Down)
Newport: 62.1 (Up)
Monmouthshire: 22.2 (Up)
Betsi Cadwaldr University Health Board
Conwy: 52 (Up)
Flintshire: 55.7 (Up)
Denbighshire: 43.9 (Up)
Wrexham: 59.6 (Up)
Anglesey: 14.3 (Up)
Gwynedd: 15.3 (Up)
Cardiff and Vale University Health Board
Cardiff: 101.1 (Up)
Vale of Glamorgan: 47.2 (Up)
Cwm Taf Morgannwg University Health Board
Merthyr Tydfil: 208.9 (Down)
Rhondda Cynon Taf: 178.2 (Down)
Bridgend: 108.8 (Up)
Hywel Dda University Health Board
Carmarthenshire: 66.2 (Down)
Pembrokeshire: 10.3 (Up)
Ceredigion: 26.1 (Up)
Powys Teaching Health Board
Powys: 21.9 (Unchanged)
Swansea Bay University Health Board
Swansea: 94.3 (Down)
Neath Port Talbot: 54.4 (Up)
Wales overall: 75.7 (Up)
Dr Howe added: “Public Health Wales supports the introduction of new coronavirus restrictions in four local authority areas in north Wales – Denbighshire, Flintshire, Conwy and Wrexham – following a rise in cases.
“The new measures will come into force at 6pm today, to protect people’s health and control the spread of the virus in the four areas.
“These arrangements are necessary in order to bring transmission of the virus under control in these areas. It is very important that we abide by the regulations in the areas in which we live and that we do not travel between local authority areas without a reasonable excuse.
“We thank the public in advance for sticking to these new restrictions, which are essential in reducing spread of the virus, protecting older and vulnerable people, and keeping Wales safe.”
He added: “Following the introduction of restrictions in the borough of Caerphilly, our data is beginning to show a downward trend, and although we cannot categorically say this trend is a result of lockdown, we are cautiously optimistic and we are looking at a number of alternative sources to validate these results.
“We remind people living in areas of Wales where there are currently no restrictions in place to remember, at all times, the importance of adhering to the regulations to prevent further local restrictions.
“The new restrictions mean that people living in the affected areas will not be allowed to enter or leave their local authority area without a reasonable excuse.
“They will not be able to meet indoors with anyone they do not live with for the time being – extended households (sometimes called a ‘bubble’) are suspended for the time being.
“Pubs, restaurants and other licensed premises must stop selling alcohol at 10pm, and offer table service only. Off licenses, including supermarkets and other retail outlets, must also stop selling alcohol at 10pm.
“People who can work from home must do so. Those who cannot reasonably work from home can continue to travel to a place of work, whether that is within our outside the areas affected by local restrictions.
“Details of these rules for each local authority area can be found on the Welsh Government website.”