Four more people have died of coronavirus in Wales, according to the latest figures from Public Health Wales.
New data published on Tuesday, 30 November, covering the 24-hour period until 9am on 29 November, shows the total number of COVID-related deaths in Wales now stands at 6,405.
In the latest update, 1,972 new positive cases were reported since the pandemic began to 508,932.
The latest seven-day infection rate in Wales based on cases for every 100,000 people (for seven days until 25 November) is now 472.1 – a drop from the 476.7 reported on Monday.
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The local authority with the highest infection rate remains in Wales gueneddo 851 cases per 100,000 population have been reported in seven days Valley of Glamorgan with 670.7 and Anglesey with 623.9.
The test positivity rate across Wales stands at 16.9%, down from the 17% reported on Monday.
The regions in the country that recorded the highest number of new COVID cases in the latest 24-hour period were Cardiff with 237, Carmarthenshire with 132, Swansea with 128, Pembrokeshire with 127, RCTs with 119, Caerphilly with 113 And there are Newport with 108.
Meanwhile, there were 102 new cases in both Gwynedd and Wrexham, 99 in the Vale of Glamorgan, 97 in Bridgend, 80 in Flintshire, 69 in Anglesey, 65 in Neath Port Talbot, 63 in Powis and 61 in Monmouthshire.
The local authorities with the fewest cases were Torfen with 50, Denbighshire with 42, Conwy with 37, Ceredigion with 34, Merther Tydfil with 30 and Blaenau Gwent with 24.
There were 587 people with coronavirus (confirmed, suspected, and cured) in general and acute hospital beds as of 29 November, an increase of 567 reported on 26 November. There were 47 people in a ventilated intensive care bed with Covid-19. November 23, the same number that was reported the day before.
The latest data showed that 2,468,734 people had received a single dose of the coronavirus vaccine and 2,264,474 were given both doses.
According to PHW, 840,539 people have received their COVID booster vaccine so far, with more than three-quarters of care home residents (81.6%) and over 80 (80%), more than two-thirds of health workers (73.2%) %) and comprises more than half. All care home workers (63.1%).
The ongoing pandemic has been very challenging for almost everyone and surprisingly some have seen an impact on their mental health and wellbeing.
The Samaritans have put together a number of tips for taking care of your mental health at the moment, with their experts suggesting the following strategies:
- Making time for something you enjoy – whether it’s settling down with your favorite movie, going to your local park, or taking part in one of your hobbies or interests
- Taking breaks from news and social media to give yourself time away from screens and devices
- Setting realistic goals for the coming day or week and possibly breaking the things you need to get done into a list of smaller tasks
- trying relaxation exercises such as controlled breathing or muscle relaxation
- Enjoying nature, whether it’s outside the house or opening curtains and blinds to let natural light in. Plants and flowers can also be helpful
- Physical exercise can help reduce anxiety
- talk to a trusted friend or family member about how you are feeling
Help is available if you need it
Mind Cymru Infoline is open Monday to Friday from 9 am to 6 pm. To contact them call on 0300 123 3393.
Samaria Offers a listening service that is open 24 hours a day on 116 123 (in the UK and Republic of Ireland this number is free to call and will not appear on your phone bill).
Call (Community Advice and Listening Line) provides emotional support and information/literature on mental health and related matters to the people of Wales and can be contacted on 0800 132 737 or via the website.
NHS Provides support and advice through its 111 service.
Taking the first dose of vaccine by priority group (as per PHW):
- Severely immunocompromised: 99.2%
- Take care of home occupants: 98.3%
- Care Home Workers: 94.5%
- 80 years and older: 96.2%
- Healthcare workers: 97.3%
- Social Care Workers: 45,849
- 75-79 years: 97%
- 70-74 years: 96.4%
- Medically Extremely Vulnerable 16-69 Years: 95.4%
- 65-69 years: 95.2%
- Clinical risk group 12-64 years: 90.2%
- 60-64 years: 93.6%
- 55-59 years: 91.9%
- 50-54 years: 90.1%
- 40-49 years: 85.4%
- 30-39 years: 79.1%
- 18-29 years: 78.7%
- 16-17 years: 76.2%
- 12-15 years: 53.8%
Taking second dose of vaccine by priority group (as per PHW):
Booster vaccine intake (as per PHW)
- Take care of home occupants: 81.6%
- Take care of domestic workers: 63.1%
- 80 years and older: 80%
- Healthcare workers: 73.2%
- Social care worker: 33,000
- 75-79 years: 83.9%
- 70-74 years: 83.1%
- Clinically highly sensitive 16-69 years: 44.5%
- 65-69 years: 72.4%
- Clinical risk group 12-64 years: 24.9%
- 60-64 years: 38.4%
- 55-59 years: 24.9%
- 50-54 years: 21%
- 40-49 years: 14.3%
- 30-39 years: 9.6%
- 18-29 years: 6.2%
- 16-17 years: 2%
Infection rates per 100,000 people in each region for the seven days until 25 November:
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Blanau Gwent: 412.2 (up from 405.1)
Newport: 455.1 (up from 437.7)
Caerphilly: 440.1 (down from 445.7)
Torfen: 482.1 (down from 489.6)
Monmouthshire: 459.9 (down from 482.1)
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Conwy: 422.3 (above 406.1)
Anglesey: 623.9 (above 601.1)
Gwynedd: 851 (down from 862.2)
Denbighshire: 432.6 (down from 438.9)
Flintshire: 485.6 (down from 503.5)
Wrexham: 498.7 (down from 523.7)
Cardiff and Vale University Health Board
Cardiff: 479.7 (down from 480.8)
Valley of Glamorgan: 670.7 (up from 661.7)
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Merther Tydfil: 462.5 (down from 472.4)
Ronda Sinon Taf: 393.3 (up from 388)
Bridgend: 440.7 (down from 442)
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Carmarthenshire: 461.4 (down 470.4)
Pembrokeshire: 531.7 (up from 527)
Ceredigion: 238 (down from 247.6)
POWs Teaching Health Board
Powers: 434.2 (down from 438.7)
Swansea Bay University Health Board
Neath Port Talbot: 369.1 (down from 393.5)
Swansea: 390.7 (down from 408.1)
Wales total: 472.1 (from bottom476.7,
The World Health Organization designated a new version of the coronavirus – now called Omicron – of concern on Friday.
It was based on evidence from multiple mutations that have an effect on how it behaves, such as how easily it spreads or causes disease severity.
There have been 14 confirmed cases in the UK but more are under investigation. No cases have been reported in Wales.
In line with action taken in the rest of the UK, Wales has placed 10 southern African countries on the red list for international travel. This means anyone traveling back to Wales from these countries must complete a 10-day quarantine in a managed quarantine hotel.
In addition, vaccinated travelers coming back to the UK from a non-red list country will have to self-isolate and undergo PCR tests on the second day of their return. They may leave the separation if negative results come.
Meanwhile, on Monday evening, the education minister announced that all staff and learners should wear face coverings indoors, where physical distancing cannot be maintained.
It was also announced that all people in Wales over the age of 18 would be offered a booster jab to provide further protection against COVID-19, and youth aged 12 to 15 would be offered the Pfizer/BioNtech COVID – 19 A second dose of the vaccine will be offered. 12 weeks after their first dose. Please go here for more information.
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