Coronavirus infection rates, cases and deaths for all parts of Wales on Friday, October 23 – Wales Online

Thirteen more people have died with coronavirus in Wales and more than 750 new cases have been identified.

Latest figures from Public Health Wales (PHW) for Friday, October 23, show 761 positive test results have been reported in the last 24 hours, a drop on the 1,134 announced on Thursday.

A total of 40,253 people have now tested positive in Wales since the pandemic began last March.

PHW also announced that 13 more people had died to bring the overall death toll with lab-confirmed coronavirus to 1,756.

Of the 13 new deaths, one was reported by Aneurin Bevan University Health Board, five by Betsi Cadwaladr, three by Cwm Taf Morgannwg, two by Hywel Dda and two by Swansea Bay.

Cardiff remains the local authority with the highest number of cases per head with 336.1 cases per 100,000 population, up from 320 the day before.

Merthyr Tydfil was close behind with 333.2 , up from 290.1, followed by Rhondda Cynon Taf with 295.1 , up from 269, and Neath Port Talbot with 230.9 , up from 224.7.

Due to technical problems with the PHW’s dashboard, these figures have been calculated differently to normal and show the seven-day infection rate for every 100,000 people in the week to October 19, as calculated from date of test (not date result reported)

Several hospitals are now reporting Covid-19 outbreaks including the Royal Glamorgan, the Royal Gwent, Princess of Wales, Prince Charles, and Morriston.

These are the key details on Friday:

  • Deaths reported today: 13

  • Cases reported today: 761 (down from 1,134 on Thursday)

  • Number of tests carried out yesterday: 10,719 (up from 10,492 on Thursday)

  • Total deaths with lab-confirmed coronavirus in Wales: 1,756

Cases per 100,000 for rolling seven days

Aneurin Bevan University Health Board

Blaenau Gwent: 223.3 (Up)

Newport: 84.6 (Up)

Torfaen: 112.8 (Up)

Caerphilly: 180.6 (Up)

Monmouthshire: 104.6 (Up)

Betsi Cadwaldr University Health Board

Flintshire: 150.5 (Up)

Wrexham: 218.4 (Up)

Conwy: 109.2 (Up)

Denbighshire: 138.9 (Down)

Gwynedd: 88.3 (Down)

Anglesey: 119.9 (Up)

Cardiff and Vale University Health Board

Cardiff: 336.1 (Up)

Vale of Glamorgan: 60.6 (Up)

Cwm Taf Morgannwg University Health Board

Merthyr Tydfil: 333.2 (Up)

Rhondda Cynon Taf: 295.1 (Up)

Bridgend: 205.4 (Up)

Hywel Dda University Health Board

Carmarthenshire: 83.7 (Up)

Ceredigion: 30.3 (Down)

Pembrokeshire: 57.2 (Up)

Powys Teaching Health Board

Powys: 56.6 (Up)

Swansea Bay University Health Board

Swansea: 204.0 (Up)

Neath Port Talbot: 230.9 (Up)

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From 6pm today, Wales will enter a 17-day “fire-break” lockdown which will for 17 days until Monday, November 9.

Everyone will be expected to stay at home wherever possible, non-essential retail will shut, and secondary schools will close for those in year nine and above. Read the full announcement here.

Mr Drakeford said it was critical to act now to reduce the rising rates of coronavirus in Wales.

During a press conference on Friday, he attacked people who claim the virus is just a hoax.

“There are those who seek to persuade us that the risk of coronavirus is all just a hoax; that it is a mild disease that does no harm,” he said.

“They do not face the families of the people who have died this week who will never see or speak to their loved ones again.

“They will never face the hundreds more people who will die in Wales unless we act now to bring this deadly disease back under control.”

  • People in Wales are being asked to stay at home for more than two weeks from Friday at 6pm until Monday, November 9
  • All non-essential retail, leisure, hospitality and tourism businesses will close as was the case during the March lockdown
  • Community centres, libraries, and recycling centres will also all close and places of worship will be shut other than for funerals or wedding ceremonies
  • Primary and special schools will re-open as normal after half term but secondary schools will only re-open to students in years seven and eight for the second week of the fire-break
  • No gatherings will be permitted either indoors or outdoors with people from other households with the only exceptions being adults living alone and single parents who can join another household for support

Dr Robin Howe, incident director for the novel coronavirus outbreak response at Public Health Wales, said: “We urge the public to stick to the new rules, which are vital to help us regain control of the virus, to protect the NHS, and save lives

“Although national and local measures have made a difference, further action is now needed. Cases continue to rise in Wales, hospital admissions are increasing, including those into critical care, and sadly so are the numbers of people dying from the virus.

“Under the rules, people must stay at home, except for very limited purposes. They must not visit other households or meet other people they do not live with.

“Certain businesses and venues, including bars, restaurants and most shops must close.

“Secondary schools will provide learning online only for the week after half-term, other than for children in years seven and eight. Primary schools and childcare settings will remain open.

“Face coverings continue to be mandatory in the indoor public spaces that remain open, subject to certain exemptions and exceptions, including on public transport and in taxis.

“More information about the new rules is available at the Welsh Government website.”