THERE was one more coronavirus death recorded over the latest weekly period in the Vale of Glamorgan.

The latest figures from the UK coronavirus dashboard show a total of 463 people had died in the area by January 27 – up from 462 the week before.

They were among 11,409 deaths recorded across Wales.

The weekly figures now include anyone whose death certificate – registered up to 14 days before February 10 (Friday) – mentions Covid-19 as one of the causes.

Deaths in Wales are recorded by registration date, and are allocated to the deceased's usual area of residence.

Health Minister announces two dose course of Covid vaccine comes to an end in Wales

In the latest development in the fight against Covid, Eluned Morgan MS, Minister for Health and Social Services, said the offer of the initial two dose universal primary course of vaccine will cease in the middle of this year.

In a statement made on January 25, Ms Morgan said: "I confirm that I have accepted the Joint Committee on Vaccination and Immunisation (JCVI) recommendations for changes to the universal ‘nobody left behind’ offer. 

"Due to the high level of strong population immunity developed over the past two and a half years, and as we move from a pandemic emergency response towards a more sustainable business as usual approach, the offer of the initial two dose universal primary course of vaccine, that was offered from December 2020 to all the population aged over 5, will cease on June 30, 2023."

The offer of the universal booster (third) dose, offered from autumn 2021 to all the population aged over 5, will cease on March 31, 2023.

This means that those aged 5 to 49, who have not had their primary course, or their 2021 booster dose, have until those dates to take up the offers.

Ms Morgan went on to say this does not signal a closure of the Covid vaccination programme, with Covid vaccination expected to continue to be a feature of the vaccination programme in Wales.

People who develop a new health condition that places them in a clinical risk group, who haven’t yet had their primary course and/or booster dose, will still be able to be vaccinated during the next campaign window or sooner on the advice of a clinician.

People at higher risk (as determined by the JCVI) will be offered an additional booster in Autumn 2023 and planning is also currently underway for a possible Spring 2023 booster programme, subject to advice of the JCVI.