Wales Coronavirus update for Tuesday 19th January
Written by Dan Williams on 19th January 2021
Public Health Wales have confirmed the latest Coronavirus figures in Wales on Tuesday 19th January 2021.
Dr Giri Shankar, Incident Director for the Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak response at Public Health Wales, said:
“While there has been a reduction in the numbers of positive Coronavirus cases in several parts of Wales, this data needs to be verified over several days before we can be sure that it is showing an established downward trend.
“Despite this, the number of cases remains extremely high in Wales and is cause for serious concern, due to the impact on NHS Wales services and the prevalence of the new, more infectious variant.
“In order to avoid adding to the current severe pressure on hospitals, it is extremely important that everyone continues to remain vigilant, by staying at home and sticking to the rules.
“All of Wales remains in lockdown. We ask that the public adopts the same mindset for this lockdown as they did in March 2020. We understand that people are fatigued but because the new, more infectious variant of coronavirus is circulating across Wales it is vital that we all keep to the lockdown restrictions and do not meet other people.
“This means that you must stay at home. If exercising outdoors, please do this alone or with members of your household or support bubble only. Shop online, but if you do need to visit essential retail then do this alone, if possible, to minimise numbers of people in retail spaces, and avoid stopping to chat with people outside your household. If you must leave home keep your distance, wash your hands regularly, and wear a face mask when required according to the regulations.
“Public Health Wales urges everyone to follow the rules, to avoid transmission of Coronavirus and to protect everyone in our communities, including the most vulnerable.
“Public Health Wales is working with UK partners to investigate and respond to the new variant of coronavirus identified in Wales. The new variant is easier to spread and the public should remain highly vigilant in measures to prevent transmission including maintaining social distancing, regularly handwashing and wearing of face coverings. Though the new variant is more infectious, there is no evidence that it leads to more severe disease.
“Following regulations introduced on Monday, if you intend to travel to England, Scotland, or Wales, including UK nationals returning home from travel abroad, you must provide evidence of a negative COVID-19 test result taken up to 3 days before departure.
“Under current UK COVID-19 restrictions, you must stay at home. You must not leave home or travel, including internationally, unless you have a legally permitted reason to do so.
New confirmed cases: 1,106
Total Positive Cases / New Positive Cases (per area):
Aneurin Bevan University Health Board:
- Blaenau Gwent – 5,628 positives (+10)
- Caerphilly – 11,823 positives (+54)
- Monmouthshire – 3,652 positives (+20)
- Newport – 9,776 positives (+68)
- Torfaen – 5,658 positives (+30)
Betsi Cadwaldr University Health Board
- Anglesey – 1,453 positives (+5)
- Conwy – 2,834 positives (+22)
- Denbighshire – 3,559 positives (+47)
- Flintshire – 7,468 positives (+113)
- Gwynedd – 2,282 positives (+18)
- Wrexham – 9,421 positives (+104)
Cardiff & Vale University Health Board
- Cardiff – 22,848 positives (+118)
- Vale of Glamorgan – 6,417 positives (+24)
Cwm Taf Morgannwg University Health Board
- Bridgend – 11,650 positives (+50)
- Merthyr Tydfil – 6,092 positives (+29)
- Rhondda Cynon Taf – 19,618 positives (+70)
Hywel Dda University Health Board
- Carmarthenshire – 9,230 positives (+55)
- Ceredigion – 1,548 positives (+9)
- Pembrokeshire – 2,784 positives (+35)
Powys Teaching Health Board
- Powys – 3,159 positives (+23)
Swansea Bay University Health Board
- Neath Port Talbot – 10,445 positives (+49)
- Swansea – 15,691 positives (+58)
- Unknown Location – 1,584 positives (+6)
- Wales Total – 174,620 positives (+1,017)
- Resident Outside Wales – 7,979 positives (+89)
Total confirmed cases: 182,599
New testing episodes: 6,342
Total testing episodes: 1,441,321
There have been 8 deaths across Health Boards in Wales recorded in today’s update.
Aneurin Bevan – 3
Cwm Taf Morgannwg – 3
Swansea Bay – 2
Cumulative deaths, by Health Board of residence:
The number of individuals who have received a first dose of COVID-19 vaccine in Wales is 161,932.
The number of individuals who have received a second dose of COVID-19 vaccine in Wales is 265.
Please note: The vaccination data is updated on weekdays only. This data is up to date as of Tuesday 19th January.
Covid-19 vaccine news
“The roll-out of the Pfizer BioNTech and AstraZeneca Coronavirus vaccines continues in Wales with the the recently Medicines and Healthcare products Regulatory Agency (MHRA) approved Moderna vaccine to be incorporated into the programme soon.
“Daily vaccination data is published on the Public Health Wales dashboard. The headline summary includes daily cumulative numbers of individuals who have received a first and second vaccination dose. Public Health Wales is working closely with the Welsh Government as they deploy Coronavirus vaccinations through local health boards. Welsh Government is leading on the deployment of the vaccine in Wales.
“Vaccinating the adult population of Wales, to protect people from severe disease, is a significant task, and the vaccine will take time to reach everyone. The effects of the vaccines may not be seen nationally for some time, and we must continue to follow the advice on keeping Wales safe.