A further 51 people have died with coronavirus in Wales and more than 1,400 new positive cases have been confirmed.
The latest statistics released by Public Health Wales (PHW) on Wednesday show 1,480 people have tested positive for the virus in Wales in the last 24-hour period – a huge rise on 667 recorded on Tuesday.
It brings the number of positive tests since the outbreak began to 82,489, while 2,614 people have died with lab-confirmed coronavirus.
The infection rate across Wales as a whole now stands at 227.9 per 100,000 people based on the seven days up to November 29. This is an increase from 217.8 on Tuesday.
- Deaths reported today: 51
- Cases reported today: 1,480 (Up from 667 on Tuesday)
- Number of tests carried out: 11,047 (Up from 7,372 on Tuesday)
- Total deaths with lab-confirmed coronavirus in Wales: 2,614
Blaenau Gwent remains the local authority in Wales with the highest infection rate in Wales with a seven-day rate of 453.8 cases per 100,000 population, up from 435.1 the day before.
Torfaen is second with an infection rate of 402.3 cases per 100,000, down from 410.8 on Tuesday. Neath Port Talbot is third with 389.4, up from 374 yesterday.
The local authorities with the highest number of new cases on Wednesday are Cardiff with 206, Swansea with 191, Rhondda Cynon Taf with 138, Caerphilly with 125 and Neath Port Talbot with 107.
Other areas with high new case rates are Newport and Carmarthenshire with 90 each, Blaenau Gwent with 74, Bridgend with 61, Vale of Glamorgan with 56, Pembrokeshire with 48, Wrexham with 45, Torfaen with 43, Monmouthshire with 40, Flintshire with 39.
Local authorities with cases under 30 include Merthyr Tydfil with 25, Denbighshire with 16, Conwy, Powys and Ceredigion with 13 Anglesey with 11 and Gwynedd with five.
Cases per 100,000 for rolling seven days (Nov 23-29)
Aneurin Bevan University Health Board
Blaenau Gwent: 453.8 (Up from 435.1)
Torfaen: 402.3 (Down from 410.8)
Newport: 307.7 (Down from 309.7)
Caerphilly: 294.9 (Up from 281.7)
Monmouthshire: 180.8 (Up from 177.6)
Betsi Cadwaladr University Health Board
Wrexham: 194.2 (Up from 167)
Flintshire: 114.7 (Up from 105.1)
Anglesey: 85.7 (Up from 81.4)
Denbighshire: 59.6 (Down from 65.8)
Gwynedd: 33.7 (Up from 31.3)
Conwy: 30.7 (Up from 29.9)
Cardiff and Vale University Health Board
Cardiff: 226.8 (Up from 219.9)
Vale of Glamorgan: 184.1 (Up from 169.9)
Cwm Taf Morgannwg University Health Board
Merthyr Tydfil: 331.5 (Up from 326.6)
Rhondda Cynon Taf: 322.9 (Up from 304.6)
Bridgend: 228.5 (Up from 208.1)
Hywel Dda University Health Board
Carmarthenshire: 215.1 (Up from 204.5)
Ceredigion: 145.8 (Down from 155.4)
Pembrokeshire: 150.2 (Up from 130.3)
Powys Teaching Health Board
Powys: 86.8 (Up from 86.1)
Swansea Bay University Health Board
Neath Port Talbot: 389.4 (Up from 374)
Swansea: 341.3 (Up from 319.4)
Wales total – 227.9 (up from 217.8)
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On Wednesday it was announced that the Covid-19 vaccine from Pfizer and BioNTech has been approved for use in the UK.
The Medicines and Healthcare Products Regulatory Agency (MHRA) said the jab, which offers up to 95% protection against Covid-19 illness, is safe for use.
Health minister Vaughan Gething said there are initially 800,000 vaccines coming to the UK of which Wales gets a population share of just under 40,000.
As two shots are required this means that 20,000 will be able to have the vaccine in the first delivery to Wales, which will be spread evenly across the country.
Mr Gething added that the target was to start administering the jabs on Tuesday of next week.
Speaking during the Welsh Government press conference on Wednesday, Dr Gill Richardson, chair of the Covid-19 vaccine programme board, said: “This morning we had the very welcome news that the first of these vaccines – the Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine – has been approved for use in the UK.
“This is a significant step forward in our response to this pandemic. For the first time we have an opportunity to prevent this awful illnesses.
“We have a glimmer of light at the end of what has been a very long and difficult year.”
She added that the second vaccine – the Oxford-AstraZeneca vaccine – will follow later this month, giving us more options.
“We are ready to start vaccinating as soon as we receive the first supply of the vaccine.
“We have tested our plans. These are not without challenges, as one of the vaccines must be stored at ultra-low temperatures.
“We are training healthcare staff to give people the jab and we can finalise the legal frameworks so the vaccine can be given to people.
“The UK Government has pre-ordered tens of millions of doses of both the Pfizer-BioNTech and Oxford-AstraZeneca vaccines and Wales will receive a population share.
“Both of these vaccines require two doses to be effective. They must be given four weeks apart.”
But Wales’ chief medical officer Frank Atherton could not say when care home residents would receive the vaccine due to storage temperature requirements.
Care home residents and staff are among those identified as a top priority. Other priority groups include health and social care workers and over-80s.