Another 12 people in Wales have died with coronavirus, it has been announced, as Wales' infection rate falls for the second day in a row.

There were also 2,664 new positive cases recorded in today's update, bringing the total number since the pandemic began to 432,395.

The latest seven-day infection rate across Wales based on the cases for every 100,000 people (for the seven days up to October 23) now stands at 671.3 – a fall from the 699.7 reported on Wednesday and a second consecutive day where rates have fallen. For more health-related content please go here

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The local authority with the highest infection rate in Wales is now Blaenau Gwent with 1,026.3 cases per 100,000 population over seven days, followed by Torfaen with 973.8 and Caerphilly with 907.4.

The test positivity rate across Wales is at 22.9%, which has fallen in recent days but still means more than a fifth of all those getting tests are coming back positive. Nearly three in ten people in Neath Port Talbot are having their test come back positive (27.5%) - the highest of any local authority.

The areas of the country recording the highest numbers of Covid cases in the latest 24-hour period were Cardiff with 332, Caerphilly with 164, Rhondda Cynon Taf with 156, Vale of Glamorgan with 154, Neath Port Talbot with 153, Torfaen with 150, Swansea with 140, Pembrokeshire with 138, Flintshire with 134, Newport with 127, Gwynedd with 106 and Bridgend with 100.

Meanwhile, Wrexham had 96 new cases, Powys had 92, Carmarthenshire had 86, Blaenau Gwent had 81, Denbighshire had 67, and Monmouthshire had 63.

The local authorities with the lowest numbers of cases included Conwy and Ceredigion with 61 apiece, Merthyr Tydfil with 50 and Anglesey with 47.

As of October 26 there were 718 people in general and acute hospital beds with coronavirus (confirmed, suspected, and recovering), a rise on the 703 reported the day before.

Aneurin Bevan UHB had the most Covid patients in general and acute hospital beds on October 26 with 187 followed by Cardiff and Vale UHB with 145, Cwm Taf Morgannwg UHB with 110, Hywel Dda UHB with 99, Betsi Cadwaladr UHB with 89 and Swansea Bay UHB with 87.

As of October 26 there were 62 people in invasive ventilated beds in Wales with coronavirus. Betsi Cadwaladr UHB had 13, Swansea Bay UHB had 11, Cardiff and Vale UHB had 10, Cwm Taf Morgannwg UHB and Aneurin Bevan UHB had 10 each and Hywel Dda UHB had eight.

On Thursday Public Health Wales figures showed that 2,437,095 people have had one dose of the coronavirus vaccine and 2,242,337 have had both doses.

PHW has now released figures on the number of people who have received their Covid booster vaccine. To date, 389,621 have had it - including two thirds of care home residents (66.6%) and more than half of healthcare workers (64.2%), care home workers (53.2%) and those over 80 years old (54.8%).

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 23:

Aneurin Bevan University Health Board

Blaenau Gwent: 1,026.3 (down from 1,156.6)

Newport: 841.8 (down from 889)

Caerphilly: 907.4 (down from 976.4)

Torfaen: 973.8 (down from 1,024.9)

Monmouthshire: 716.8 (down from 755.9)

Betsi Cadwaladr University Health Board

Conwy: 418.9 (up from 414.7)

Anglesey: 356.9 (down from 371.2)

Gwynedd: 472.1 ( down from 473.7)

Denbighshire: 574.7 (down from 599.8)

Flintshire: 403.6 (up from 395.9)

Wrexham: 372.9 (down from 378.1)

Cardiff and Vale University Health Board

Cardiff: 732.3 (down from 767.2)

Vale of Glamorgan: 839.2 (down from 874.3)

Cwm Taf Morgannwg University Health Board

Merthyr Tydfil: 676.3 (down from 716.1)

Rhondda Cynon Taf: 661.9 (down from 717.9)

Bridgend: 586.2 (down from 606.6)

Hywel Dda University Health Board

Carmarthenshire: 594.9 (down from 623)

Pembrokeshire: 860 (up from 849.6)

Ceredigion: 656.2 (up from 638.3)

Powys Teaching Health Board

Powys: 563.3 (down from 581.4)

Swansea Bay University Health Board

Neath Port Talbot: 824.1 (down from 898)

Swansea: 621.5 (up from 610.9)

Wales total: 671.3 (down from699.7)

The ongoing pandemic has been very challenging for almost everyone and unsurprisingly it's led to some people seeing an impact on their mental health and wellbeing.

The Samaritans has put together a series of tips for taking care of your mental health at the moment, with their experts suggesting the following strategies:

There's help available if you need it

Mind Cymru infoline is open Monday to Friday from 9am to 6pm. To contact them call 0300 123 3393.

Samaritans offers a listening service which 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).

C.A.L.L. (Community Advice & Listening Line) offers 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 through the website.

The NHS offers help and advice through its 111 service.

On Thursday last week the Welsh Government unveiled its NHS winter plan in which an extra £40m was given to social care to help ease the pressure on hospital beds. This comes on top of £248m already announced for the NHS Covid recovery fund. To read more about it please go here.

The Welsh Government is also considering three things to stop the soaring infection rates, including extending the Covid passes and clamping down on those who don't wear masks indoors. See more here.

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