Another nine people have died of coronavirus in Wales, according to the latest figures from Public Health Wales.
New data published on Sunday 28 November, which covers the 24-hour period up to kl. 9 on 26 November, shows that the total number of Covid-related deaths in Wales is now 6,391.
1,963 new positive cases were also recorded in the latest update, bringing the total number since the pandemic began to 502,991.
The latest seven-day infection rate across Wales, based on the cases for every 100,000 people (in the seven days to 22 November) is now 491.4 – a drop from 494.4 reported Friday.
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The local authority with the highest infection rate in Wales remains Gwynedd with 882.3 cases per year. 100,000 inhabitants over seven days followed by the Vale of Glamorgan with 652.8 and Anglesey with 579.6.
The test positivity rate across Wales is 17.6%, down from 17.8% reported on Friday.
The areas in the country that record the highest number of new Covid cases in the last 24-hour period are Cardiff with 213, Gwynedd with 135, Flintshire with 132, RCT with 128, Swansea with 119 and Vale of Glamorgan with 116.
Meanwhile, Wrexham had 109, Caerphilly had 103, Newport had 91, Powys and Carmarthenshire had 84 each and Pembrokeshire had 81.
The local authorities with the lowest number of cases were Anglesey with 68, Conwy with 62, Torfaen and Denbighshire with 61 each, Bridgend with 59, Monmouthshire with 52, Neath Port Talbot with 50, Blaenau Gwent with 39, Merthyr Tyfil with 24 and Ceredigion 14 .
On 25 November, there were 589 people in general and acute hospital beds with coronavirus (confirmed, suspected and improving), an increase compared to the 587 reported on 24 November. There were 52 people in a ventilated intensive care unit with Covid-19 on November 23, a drop from the 54 reported the day before.
The latest data showed that 2,465,943 people had received one dose of the coronavirus vaccine and 2,260,662 had received both doses.
To date, 781,025 people have received their Covid booster vaccine, according to PHW, including more than three-quarters of nursing home residents (80.2%) and over 80s (78.8%), over two-thirds of health care professionals (71.9%). and over half of all nursing home workers (62.2%).
The ongoing pandemic has been very challenging for almost everyone, and it has not surprisingly led some people to see an impact on their mental health and well-being.
The Samaritans have put together a series of tips for taking care of your mental health at the moment, with their experts suggesting the following strategies:
- Make time for something you enjoy – whether it’s settling down with your favorite movie, going to your local park or participating in one of your hobbies or interests
- Take a break from news and social media to give yourself time away from screens and devices
- Set realistic goals for the coming day or week and possibly divide the things you need to do into a list of smaller tasks
- Try relaxation exercises such as controlled breathing or muscle relaxation
- To enjoy nature, whether it is by getting out of the house or opening curtains and blinds to let in natural light. Plants and flowers can also be useful
- Physical exercise can help reduce anxiety
- Talk to a trusted friend or family member about how you are feeling
There is help to be had if you need it
Sind Cymru infoline is open Monday to Friday from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. To contact them call 0300 123 3393.
Samaritans offers a listening service that is open 24 hours a day on 116 123 (in the UK and Ireland this number is FREE to call and will not appear on your phone bill).
CALLED (Community Advice & Listening Line) offers emotional support and information / literature on mental health and related issues to the people of Wales and can be contacted on 0800 132 737 or via the website.
NHS offers help and advice through its 111 service.
Taking the first dose of vaccine by priority group (according to PHW):
- Severely immunosuppressed: 99.2%
- Nursing home residents: 98.2%
- Nursing home workers: 94.5%
- 80 years and older: 96.2%
- Healthcare staff: 97.2%
- Social workers: 45,783
- 75-79 years: 97%
- 70-74 years: 96.4%
- Clinically extremely vulnerable 16-69 years: 95.4%
- 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: 76%
- 12-15 years: 52.8%
Taking the second dose of vaccine by priority group (according to PHW):
Booster vaccine intake (according to PHW)
- Nursing home residents: 80.2%
- Nursing home workers: 62.2%
- 80 years and older: 78.8%
- Healthcare professionals: 71.9%
- Social workers: 32,376
- 75-79 years: 82.7%
- 70-74 years: 81.1%
- Clinically extremely vulnerable 16-69 years: 41.7%
- 65-69 years: 66.6%
- Clinical risk groups 12-64 years: 18.1%
- 60-64 years: 29.7%
- 55-59 years: 21.5%
- 50-54 years: 18%
- 40-49 years: 12.7%
- 30-39 years: 8.7%
- 18-29 years: 5.6%
- 16-17 years: 1.8%
Infection rate for every 100,000 people in each area in the seven days up to November 22:
Aneurin Bevan University Health Board
Blaenau Gwent: 405.1 (down from 416.5)
Newport: 431.9 (up from 430.6)
Caerphilly: 446.2 (down from 446.8)
Turf: 480.0 (up from 476.8)
Monmouthshire: 566.7 (down from 567.7)
Betsi Cadwaladr University Health Board
Conwy: 403.6 (up from 567.7)
Anglesey: 579.6 (up from 504)
Gwynedd: 882.3 (no change)
Denbighshire: 483.8 (no change)
Flintshire: 499.7 (up from 486.2)
Wrexham: 549.4 (down from 556.8)
Cardiff and Vale University Health Board
Cardiff: 500.9 (down from 502.9)
Vale of Glamorgan: 652.8 (down from 656.5)
Cwm Taf Glamorgan University Health Board
Merthyr Tydfil: 507.2 (down from 528.8)
Rhondda Cynon Taff: 420.7 (down from 435.2)
Bridgend: 435.2 (down from 453.9)
Hywel Dda University Health Board
Carmarthenshire: 496.9 (up from 487.9)
Pembrokeshire: 550.0 (down from 551.6)
Ceredigion: 242.1 (down from 268.2)
Powys Teaching Health Board
Powys: 447.8 (down from 453.1)
Swansea Bay University Health Board
Neath Port Talbot: 434.7 (down from 448.7)
Swansea: 416.2 (down from 443.7)
Wales in total: 491.4 (down from494.4)
The Welsh Government has announced changes to its Covid rules in response to the new coronavirus variant designated as a “concern” by the World Health Organization.
Coronavirus rules in Wales will be strengthened following the advent of the new Omicron variant in the UK, prompting the UK government to hold a press conference on Saturday afternoon.
The Welsh government confirmed on Saturday night that it would impose travel restrictions in line with those announced by the British government earlier in the day.
This means that anyone traveling into Wales from abroad must take a PCR test before the end of the second day after arrival and must isolate themselves until they have a negative result.
PCR tests have not been required for travelers entering Wales since 31 October, following the measures introduced in the UK a week earlier. The Welsh government had previously expressed concern to the UK government about removing PCR test requirements for travelers, with Prime Minister Mark Drakeford saying he had “consistently urged” the UK government to take a more cautious approach.
In a speech on Saturday, a spokesman for the Welsh Government said: “We have repeatedly raised our concerns with the UK Government about its decision to speedily relax international travel rules, precisely because of the risk of introducing new variants in the UK.
“We also warned against removing PCR tests for returning travelers.
“We will introduce the same international travel measures as those announced this afternoon by the UK Government and the other decentralized governments.
“Welsh ministers will continue to meet tonight and this weekend to monitor the situation in Wales and decide whether further immediate action is needed to protect public health.”
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