A round-up of the latest news on #COVID19 case rates, vaccinations and economic support in Wales:
😷 Current case rates are falling in Wales and we are starting to see the signs of improvement.
📈 The current weekly case rate is down to 271 cases per 100,000 people, and test positivity over the past 7 days stands at 16.5%. The number of deaths, sadly, remain very high. My thoughts are with those who’ve lost loved ones to this horrible virus.
💉 Vaccinations: 21,882 vaccinations were given out in the last day’s figures, taking the total number of those vaccinated in Wales to 212,317. In Cardiff and the Vale, 34,158 people have now received a COVID-19 vaccine. This comes as Cardiff and Vale UHB have confirmed that all GP practices have been offered the vaccine. You should be contacted by your GP or the health board directly to arrange your vaccine.
🏦 Economic support: A further £200m is being made available to businesses in Wales next week through the Economic Resilience Fund. The £180m fund for leisure businesses and their supply chains remains open for applications. A total of £2bn in funding has now been made available to Welsh businesses, with £1.7bn already reaching those who’ve applied. Once details of this new funding are published I’ll share them here and on my social media channels.
If we all keep working hard and following the rules, we will continue to see real improvements in case rates and relieve the pressure on our NHS. Our efforts, although extremely challenging, are starting to pay off. Let’s keep going together to #KeepWalesSafe.