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Zero Covid deaths recorded in Wales for first time since August

There were 10,237 cases in the last week with 1,469 in Cardiff and Vale but cases are decreasing

ZERO Covid deaths were recorded in Wales for the third day in a row in figures published today by Public Health Wales. 

The last time zero daily Covid deaths was recorded was August 21, 2021.

Zero deaths were recorded for three days in a row. This has not been seen since July in Wales, though it can take several days for a death to be reported.

Sixteen Covid deaths were recorded from February 8 to February 11. There were no deaths recorded between February 12 and February 14.

In Wales, the average number of deaths per day from February 8 to 14 was three. In the last month, an average of seven people have died every day from Covid-19 across the country.

Since the pandemic began in 2020, the number of people who have died from Covid-19 in Wales is 6,923 with 917 of these in Cardiff and the Vale of Glamorgan. 

The data was updated by Public Health Wales on February 15. The figures include reports to Public Health Wales of the death of a patient in hospital or a care home within 28 days of a positive Covid test.

Public Health Wales said: “The figures do not include individuals who may have died from Covid-19 but who were not confirmed by laboratory testing, those who died in other settings, or Welsh residents who died outside of Wales.

“The true number of Covid-19 deaths will be higher.”

Hospital admissions are remaining steady with 71 people testing before or on admission to hospital in the week ending February 6, an average of 10 people per day in Cardiff and the Vale.

Numbers have remained steady with no general increase since the beginning of the year.

Minister for Economy Vaughan Gething confirmed on February 11 that the Welsh Government is set to remove Covid pass requirements on February 18 and lift most restrictions on February 28.

Mr Gething said: “I can say to anyone and everyone, the measures we are taking are on the back of expert scientific advice and public health advice from our chief medical officer.

“And we’ll continue to take that advice as we do look forward to a time when there can be no restrictions in place.

“It is possible that it will come at the end of March if the public health position remains positive.”

A member of staff at the University Hospital of Wales, Heath, said that many patients in intensive care wards have been ‘incidental Covid patients’. This means coronavirus is not the primary reason they are receiving care.

The staff member said that the numbers being seen were comparable to normal levels.

There have been 1,434 cases of Covid-19 in Cardiff and 429 in the Vale of Glamorgan in the last seven days. 99.8% of these are the Omicron variant.

There have been 13,054 cases of the Omicron variant so far in Cardiff and the Vale with more than 68,000 across Wales.

However cases are declining across Wales with drops of 20% in Cardiff and 27% in the Vale of Glamorgan.

In those aged 25 and under, cases are dropping in both counties, falling to 584.7 cases per 100,000. 

Among those aged 60 and over, cases are decreasing in Cardiff but numbers increased in the Vale of Glamorgan by 21.7 per 100,000 people. The Vale currently has the highest proportion of tests coming back positive in Wales.

81.2% of people over 18 in Cardiff and the Vale have had two doses of a coronavirus vaccine. Public Health Wales data shows that unvaccinated people were three times as likely to contract Covid-19.

These figures are based on the latest available data.

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Where Covid cases are in Cardiff and the Vale

Top 5:

Cathays North – 965 cases per 100,000. 

Cathays South and Bute Park – 600.1 cases per 100,000.

Gabalfa – 569.8 cases per 100,000.

Barry West – 552.2 cases per 100,000.

Adamsdown – 513.5 cases per 100,000.

Bottom 5:

Rhiwbina and Pant-mawr – 227.8 per 100,000.

Barry Dyfan and Illtyd – 218.7 cases per 100,000.

Ogmore-by-Sea and Llandow – 215.2 cases per 100,000.

Llantwit Major – 200.9 cases per 100,000.

Heath – 174.4 cases per 100,000.