image source, image caption Conwy's case rate just above Welsh average
Covid case rate in Wales has fallen for the fourth day in a row.
The case rate in Wales has continued to decline and now stands at 500.1 cases per 100,000 population, according to Public Health Wales ( PHW).
Howe Indeed, the cases among young people in Carmarthenshire and Neath Port Talbot have risen sharply over the past week.
And daily confirmed cases of Covid in hospitals edged up to 489 on Tuesday, a 19% increase in one week.
The numbers also show:
- Positive tests average 2,253 per day - compared to 2,171 the week before
- "doubling time " dropped to 25 days - another sign of slowing
- Cases are on the decline in most local areas, most notably in Ceredigion and Merthyr Tydfil, which is now the third highest out of 702.85
- Six communities still have rates above 1,000 cases per 100,000, including four in Carmarthenshire, the highest of them in Ammanford & Betws.
Carmarthenshire now has the highest case rate in Wales with 717.3 cases per 100,000. The county also has by far the highest case rate highest among those under 25 (1,162.5 cases per 100,000, around 45% of all cases).
Local governments in half of Wales have shown an increase in the rate of cases in those under 25 during thelast week. Under-25 case rates were also high in Neath Port Talbot (917.2 cases per 100,000) and Ceredigion (54% of all positive tests).
We can see that the last monitoring detAilla from the PHW shows that the rate of cases among the 17-24 age group has now declined but has been overtaken by the increase in cases among those under 16. Other age groups are also experiencing increases.
What about hospitals?
The number of confirmed cases of Covid in hospitals rose slightly on Tuesday to 489, an increase of 19% in one week. E The daily average is 451 patients.
But the number in intensive care with Covid (47) has remained about the same as seen over the past two weeks. Hywel Dda has the most Covid patients in intensive care or on invasive ventilation (11).
There was little of a surge in daily Covid admissions - 52 on Tuesday, including 14 in the Cardiff Board of Health area and Vale. It's the most in one day since March 19.
The daily average is 41. However , it was 97 at the same time point in the second wave. The number of confirmed and suspected Covid admissions is 3.7% of all hospital admissions.
Ten other deaths reported
There have been 10 deaths reported by PHW on Wednesday - four were in Aneurin Bevan, three in Swansea Bay, with one in each of the health council areas Cwm Taf Morgannwg, Betsi Cadwaladr and Hywel Dda.
There were two deaths Monday, six Sundays and one Friday and Saturday.
There have been 35 deaths in the past seven days - a daily average of five Decès. It was seven times higher at this point in the second wave.
Tests are at record levels
A record number of Covid-19 tests being processed in Wales, latest figures showblamed by PHW.
In total, we had the most tests in a week - over 141,000 - while September 2 saw the most tests allowed in a single day (23 996).
The five million test landm arch total was also passed on September 8. Since the summer of last year, at the end of the first wave, broader tests are available for people with symptoms.
At the peak of the second wave, we saw 21,300 tests per day, but the average is now approaching that - about 18,500 per day.
Routine testing among nursing home staff and residents (about 28,800 tests during last week) and in hospitals (17,000 per week) account for about a third of testing now, with more in the community.
There have been 379 positive tests in nursing homes across Wales in the past week - a decrease from to the previous seven days.
The figures for the previous two weeks were the highest since mid-January. Weekly peaks came in early January when they hit 1,500.
A positive testdoes not mean that the resident or worker was seriously ill, only that Covid was detected during screening.
There were also a record number of positive lateral flow test (LFT) results - close of 3,000 in the most recent set of weekly figures.
These seem to be fueling the testing system with more people returning to their workplaces and attending events, as well as the back from schools.
Although LFTs do not count in PHW test numbers, people who test positive are asked to take a follow-up PCR test, which is then counted if it is positive.