Steve Duffy and Gwindaf Hughes
Media captionLearn how workloads have changed in different parts of Wales.
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CaptionMertyr Tydfil in the restricted area : Last November it was one of the hardest hit regions in the UK in terms of the number of cases handled.
Wrexham is always a hotspot because it’s easily.
In the week before Christmas, Merthyr Tydfil had the highest release rate for Covid-19 in the UK.
From the peak of 1,349 cases per 100,000, the number has dropped significantly. The latest figures show 545.5 cases per 100,000, up from 29 positive cases last week.
But while the valleys of South Wales and Bridgend appeared as hotspots for weeks, concern shifted to North Wales – and in particular the North East region.
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Health authorities believe the more rapidly spreading variant Covid-19 has taken hold and is responsible for at least 70% of cases in North Wales.
There has been a steady increase in Wrexham. It now stands at 970.9 cases per 100,000, the highest level ever.
Twelve of his places are among the top 20 local hotspots in Wales, if you break down these figures further.
At least 30% of recent positive cases in South Wales have also been linked to the new variant, so health authorities will be working to curb its spread.
The figures for Wales as a whole were among the highest in the world in December, but have fallen since the week before Christmas.
In fact, England – including its six regions – and Northern Ireland are now ahead of him.
Welsh Chief Medical Officer Frank Atherton has welcomed autumn with caution. He also said that about 20% of the tests are positive now, up from 25% last week.
It’s going in the right direction, he said, but it’s still too high and it shows that there’s still a lot of coronavirus circulating in the community.
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Doctors think it will take at least a month for the dwindling numbers to reach hospitals.
Pressure in Welsh hospitals is increasing – 36% of all patients in beds are covid. That’s double what we saw in May.
In the Cwm Taf Morgannwg Medical Board, which includes Bridgend, Merthyr Tydfil and Rhondda Cynon Taf, more than half of patients are infected with the virus.
The number of covariectomy patients recovering from covariectomies is also breaking records and is now over 1000. These are people who no longer have the virus, but are too sick to let them go home.
The number of critically ill and ventilated patients is the highest since the peak of the pandemic in April.
The problems associated with containing Covid-19 infection in the hospitals themselves have proven difficult. More than 3,300 outbreak-related nosocomial infections have been reported since early October, with 271 new cases reported last week.
The figures themselves do not reflect the impact on staff, who NHS Wales bosses said on Wednesday were exhausted and on a constant treadmill.
Mortality rate continues to rise
The number of deaths from Covida 19 during the pandemic exceeded 5,000 in Wales. This is the latest weekly update from the Office for National Statistics.
Rhondda Cynon Taf has the lowest mortality rate – and the highest in England and Wales, by one measure.
On the day the final lockdown took effect, 65 people died in Wales with Covid-19, the worst day since April.
Last week she was still walking an average of 43 times a day.
Looking at the five-year average – which is considered a reliable indicator – there were 3,945 extra deaths in Wales this year.
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How Wales stays at home
Behavior has changed because of locks, and it shows in the cell phones we carry. The mobility data collected by Google shows a sharp decline in commuting, public transport and shopping. This information is collected by scientists and policy makers as part of an overall vision to formulate constraints to reduce transmission.
Again, we see how the closure just before Christmas caused some of the most dramatic delays – but partly, of course, that people would spend even more time at home.
In Wales, people have returned in greater numbers to buy food, and faster than after the previous blockades. But it’s still not back to pre-Christmas levels and it’s 20% below the baseline we had in May.
The workplace data also suggest that not as many people are working from home as during the lockout in April and May.
After a slow start to the blockade, the Welsh vaccine introduction programme injected more than 10,000 initial doses at the start of the week, almost double the number injected the day before.
Although the overall figure still lags behind the rest of the UK, the latest daily figures show a convergence with those for England and Scotland.
Wales hopes to catch up as it aims to reach 1.5 million people in the first phase.
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