Nine more people have died with the virus and more than 300 new positive cases have been recorded

Nine more people have died from coronavirus in Wales and more than 300 new positive cases have been identified

Public Health Wales figures released on Monday reveal 319 new cases of Covid-19 have been confirmed in the last 24-hour period This brings the total since the start of the pandemic to 202,007

The number of people who have died from the coronavirus in Wales in the month following a positive test now stands at 5,246

Wales infection rate fell to 80 per 100,000 population based on seven days to February 17 Infection rates drop to levels not seen since September

The latest data also shows that 862,248 people have now received a first dose of the coronavirus vaccine, up 2,065 from the figure of 860,183 released 24 hours earlier

Meanwhile, 42,752 people have now received both doses of the vaccine, up from 37,773 on Sunday

Anglesey is now the local authority with the highest infection rate in Wales with a seven-day rate of 1128 cases per 100,000 population, up from 1228 the day before

Cardiff is the third highest rate with 1,038 cases per 100,000, compared to 1,058 on Sunday

In terms of new cases reported in the past 24 hours, Cardiff has the most with 43, followed by Caerphilly with 26, Flintshire with 25 and RCT and Wrexham with 22

All other local authorities have registered fewer than 20 new cases, including Conwy and Swansea with 19, Carmarthenshire with 16, Torfaen with 15, Denbighshire with 14, Gwynedd with 13, Newport with 12 and Neath Port Talbot with 10

Everyone else had unique numbers for the new cases, including Monmouthshire, Anglesey and Powys with seven, Merthyr Tydfil with six, Bridgend with five, Vale of Glamorgan and Pembrokeshire with four and Blaenau Gwent and Ceredigion with three

Across Wales, the test positivity rate has fallen to 74% for the past seven days, below a key Welsh government threshold to ease lockdown restrictions The highest rate stands found in Flintshire where 11% of tests came back positive last week

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Prime Minister Mark Drakeford confirmed last Friday that if infection rates continue to decline, all elementary school children and older high school students may have the opportunity to return to class starting Monday March 15

As of Saturday, up to four people from two different households are allowed to exercise together outdoors, but stay-at-home restrictions remain in place

M Drakeford has set longer term goals for reopening non-essential retail services and close contacts such as hairdressers All will be discussed in the upcoming 21-day review period ending on Friday. March 12

“We have seen time and time again around the world how quickly the situation can deteriorate in a matter of weeks,” Mr. Drakeford

“But, if we continue to see improvements in the public health situation here, and we don’t see a new wave of infections caused by one of the new variants circulating in the UK, I want to be clear on what we will be looking at in the next review period

“We will continue to take a cautious and cautious approach to easing restrictions – as we have done throughout the pandemic – guided by experts”

Dr Giri Shankar, Incident Director for the Response to the Novel Coronavirus (Covid-19) Outbreak at Public Health Wales, said: ‘Coronavirus rates have fallen in all parts of Wales, but remain higher in some areas We remind the public that we remain subject to level 4 restrictions to keep infection rates down

“Please stay home, meet only the people you live with, work from home if you can, wear a face mask if necessary, wash your hands regularly and stay two meters from anyone with whom you don’t live

“As elementary school children aged three to seven in the founding phase return to face-to-face learning today, we thank parents for their perseverance during the winter

“We need your continued support to control the spread of the coronavirus, so please do not send your child to school if they are not doing well, even if you are not sure they have a coronavirus Please continue to work from home if possible

“When taking your child to school, always keep your distance from other parents, wear a face mask and do not hang around for a chat. Please do not invite other children or their parents to your home to play or stay, even outside, and even if they are in the same bubble at school

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