Wales' seven-day coronavirus infection rate has continued to rise and reach the highest level since the pandemic began, it has been revealed.

Additionally, there were 3,152 new positive cases reported in today's update, bringing the total number of cases since the beginning of the pandemic to 418, 980.

The latest seven-day infection rate across Wales based on the cases for every 100,000 people (seven days up to October 18) has now reached 716.9, up from the 681.9 reported on Friday October 22 and setting a new record for Wales' highest infection rate since the pandemic began.

Sunday, October 24, cases and deaths from Public Health Wales
Sunday, October 24, cases and deaths from Public Health Wales

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The local authority with the highest infection rate in Wales has remained constant as Blaenau Gwent with a rate of 1,315.5 per 100,000 over seven days, increasing from 1,185.2 on Friday. Caerphilly ranks second in Wales with a rate of 1,080.8 per 100,000, and Neath Port Talbot in third with a rate of 1,037.6.

The test positivity rate across Wales has again increased to 23.7%, meaning over a fifth of all those getting tests are coming back positive. Nearly a third of people in Blaenau Gwent are having their test come back positive (31.8%) - the highest of any local authority. This infection rate is followed closely by Newport with 31.1% of tests coming back positive, and Caerphilly with 30.4% of tests returning positive.

The areas of the country recording the highest numbers of Covid cases in the latest 24-hour period were: Cardiff with 441, Rhondda Cynon Taf with 259, Swansea with 237, Newport with 220, and Caerphilly with 219, Neath Port Talbot with 169, and Vale of Glamorgan with 164.

Meanwhile, Pembrokeshire had 140 new cases, Bridgend had 134, Camarthenshire had 126, Blaenau Gwent had 103, and Powys had 100, and Gwynedd had 97.

The local authorities with the lowest number of new cases were Torfaen with 96, Ceredigion with 90, Monmouthshire with 87, Flintshire with 87, Wrexham with 76, Merthyr Tydfil with 61, Conwy with 61, Denbighshire with 56, and Anglesey with 33.

Data regarding hospital admissions has not been updated since October 21. As of Thursday, there were 677 people in general and acute hospital beds with coronavirus (confirmed, suspected, and recovering), a rise on the 673 reported the day before.

Aneurin Bevan UHB had the most Covid patients in general and acute hospital beds on October 21 with 182 followed by Cwm Taf Morgannwg UHB with 118, Cardiff and Vale UHB with 116, Betsi Cadwaladr UHB with 98, Hywel Dda UHB with 84 and Swansea Bay UHB with 79.

As of October 21, there were 59 people in invasive ventilated beds in Wales with coronavirus. Swansea Bay UHB and Betsi Cadwaladr UHB had 13 each, Cwm Taf Morgannwgh UHB had 10, Aneurin Bevan UHB and Hywel Dda UHB had nine, and Cardiff and Vale UHB had five.

On Sunday Public Health Wales figures showed that 2,421,700 people have had one dose of the coronavirus vaccine and 2,238,954 have had both doses.

Additionally, PHW has begun releasing figures on the number of people who have received their Covid booster vaccine. To date, 322,591 have had it - including more than half of care home residents (56%) and healthcare workers (59.3%) and nearly half of care home workers (47.9%) and those over 80 years old (44.3%).

The Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine is now being administered to 12 to 15-year-olds in mass vaccination centres and some schools. You can read more about that here.

Uptake of the first vaccine dose by priority group (according to PHW):

Uptake of the second vaccine dose by priority group (according to PHW):

Uptake of booster vaccines (according to PHW)

Infection rate for every 100,000 people in each area for the seven days up to October 17:

Aneurin Bevan University Health Board

Blaenau Gwent: 1315.5 (up from1,185.2)

Newport: 883.1 (up from 797.8)

Caerphilly: 1080.8 (up from 961.5)

Torfaen: 1035.5 (up from 1000.4)

Monmouthshire: 792.9 (up from 744.3)

Betsi Cadwaladr University Health Board

Conwy: 383.9 (down from 392.5)

Anglesey: 474 (down from 508.7)

Gwynedd: 452. 8( up from 451.2)

Denbighshire: 640.4 (up from 628)

Flintshire: 374. 8 (up from 365.2)

Wrexham: 368. 5 (down from 385.4)

Cardiff and Vale University Health Board

Cardiff: 819.3 (down from 826.9)

Vale of Glamorgan: 869.8 (up from 863.1)

Cwm Taf Morgannwg University Health Board

Merthyr Tydfil: 689.6 (up from 641.5)

Rhondda Cynon Taf: 761.8 (up from 683.9)

Bridgend: 549.5 (up from 508)

Hywel Dda University Health Board

Carmarthenshire: 618.2 (up from 606)

Pembrokeshire: 809.1 (up from 779.7)

Ceredigion: 462.2 (up from 371.45)

Powys Teaching Health Board

Powys: 605.6 (down from 613.1)

Swansea Bay University Health Board

Neath Port Talbot: 1037.6 (up from 929.4)

Swansea: 584.6 (up from 557.5)

Wales total: 716.9 (up from 681.9)

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