Covid cases in school-age children have increased steadily over the past three weeks, while the number of cases in people over 70 has almost halved.
The latest data from Public Health Wales (PHW) shows that while Covid cases remain high in all age groups, infections in children aged 10 to 19 are around half what they were just before the middle of October.
At that point, almost half of all cases diagnosed in Wales were found in children under 10 and older teenagers ages 10-19 as the coronavirus ripped through schools.
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The effects of the Covid vaccine are being felt in the older age groups, most of whom have now received their booster vaccinations.
In particular, the number of people between the ages of 70 and 79 who become infected with Covid has decreased by 45% in the past three weeks. Just over 80% of people in this age group have now had their booster vaccine compared to 66% three weeks ago.
In the week leading up to November 24th, every fifth Covid case was registered in children between the ages of 10 and 19 – or a total of 3,044. About 60% of children in this age group have had their first jab.
The number of cases in the age groups 10-19 increased compared to the previous week, while all other age groups recorded a decrease. This is a reverse of recent age group data, when the number of cases in school-age children in Wales fell by more than a fifth.
We are now approaching the end of the fourth week after the autumn half-year.
According to the latest figures, the biggest drop over the past week has been in the 60-69 age group, where case numbers have fallen by 20% in the past seven days. This is also the age group that has made the greatest strides in the number of people getting their booster jabs.
In the week ending November 11, a total of 14.8% of 60 to 64 year olds and 32.5% of 65 to 69 year olds had received their booster vaccinations. By November 25, this had risen to 28% and 65.2%, respectively. Information on what to do if you have not been offered a booster vaccination in Wales can be found here.
Experts believe the widespread intake of booster jabs is the best way to prevent Covid restrictions this winter. With Covid cases still very high in Wales (although there is some evidence that they are falling) the Welsh government is encouraging anyone offered a vaccination to take up the offer of a third vaccine.
Meanwhile, Welsh Economy Secretary Vaughan Gething said the modeling for Wales suggests no further Covid restrictions are needed over Christmas.
He said: “Christmas this year will undoubtedly be way better than last year because I really don’t think we have to make the same decisions we did last year unless there really is some variation that will destroy the vaccine making us real Care for.”
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