Minister says Covid could be at its highest point in Wales

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A minister said that “very positive” signs indicate that Wales is on its way to “the peak” and could “possibly turn the corner” against the coronavirus outbreak.

Eluned Morgan, the Health Minister spoke in advance of Friday’s announcement regarding Covid restrictions.

She said that it would be “a tremendous, enormous relief” for Wales to reach this stage.

Wales has strictened its rules so that no more than 50 persons can participate in a sporting event.

Many of these teams are now forced to play behind closed doors due to the regulations.

In addition to social distancing in business, there are rules in place for restaurants and bars.

Andrew RT Davies, leader of the Welsh Tory Senedd called for an end to the rule six and restrictions on sport.

He declared that “it was time for us to continue moving forward, as we learn to cope with the virus”.

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Ms Morgan testified before the Health and Social Committee Thursday.

“So, that’s quite a difference. And, of course, we hope that this is the tipping point.

If they reach a peak at 6%, and then are at 10%, well, it is cause for celebration. That is an image that you can take.

We are keeping an eye on data but we are seeing some positive signs. This would mean that the situation could change.

Case rates fall

Wales’ case rate is at its lowest since 27/12/2012, 1,492.4 for every 100,000 residents in seven days.

Although this policy changes include a reduction in the need for PCR testing for people not showing symptoms who do test positive with lateral flow device, three days ago cases began to fall.

It is more than that which can be explained as a result of this change.

Neath Port Talbot is still the most affected community, having 1,893 cases for every 100,000. The 92% who have a higher case rate than 1,000 are the new norm. It has fallen from the 98% that was last week.

Pembrey & Burry Port and Abercynon are the two highest with 2526.2 cases per 100,000.

Positiveity rates have fallen to 44.6%, the lowest rate since 27/12/2021. Anglesey has the highest at 48.3%.

The decline is evident in all age groups. This includes the younger ones, who were responsible for the increase in Christmas cases. All but four Welsh local councils have also seen a decrease in the case rate of the under-25s.

On average, 8.5% of primary school pupils and 14.3% secondary students were absent because of a Covid-reason on or about 6 January.

Welsh ministers have stated they don’t plan to shorten the self-isolation time for Covid-19 positive people.

England is reducing the time for self-isolation from seven to five days.

According to a spokesperson for the Welsh government, “We will follow the evidence” and are looking forward to the clinical evidence supporting this decision.

People in England can leave isolation from Monday after positive lateral flow tests were completed on days 5 and 6.


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