In line with all four UK nations, there are “encouraging signs” coronavirus cases in Wales are falling, the head of NHS Wales has said. NHS Chief Executive Andrew Goodall said rates of the virus in the community were “significantly down” from where they were in December. Over a similar period the number of hospital patients with Covid has fallen by about a quarter.
The south Wales valleys have perhaps seen the most dramatic reductions.
Merthyr Tydfil has fallen from a peak of 1,349 cases per 100,000 and the UK’s highest a week before Christmas; it is back to around 116 cases per 100,000 for the first time since mid-September, almost to the point where this phase of testing began. There is encouragement too in Rhondda Cynon Taf (RCT), where the case rate has also dipped to its lowest point for more than four months. There has been a big fall in case rates in Blaenau Gwent too – from 1,020 cases per 100,000 in mid-December to its lowest rate since early-October. Cardiff is also below 100 cases per 100,000 for the first time since late September, as is Newport at 108 per 100k pop. click full source