A SENIOR Public Health Wales (PHW) official believes that one year on from the first recorded case of Covid-19 in Wales, signs are encouraging for a way out of the pandemic.

With just 67 new cases out of 100,000 recorded up to 12pm on Saturday, February 27, Dr Eleri Davies, incident director for the Novel Coronavirus (Covid-19) outbreak response at PHW, believes that with one million vaccines doses delivered, the country can look to a brighter future.

However, Dr Davies also continued the PHW warning on maintaining Covid-19 guidelines in order to put a stop to rate increases among Welsh residents.

“It was one year ago, on February 28, 2020 that the first case of Coronavirus was announced in Wales," said Dr Davies.

"I am pleased to report that one year later, as of Saturday 27 February 2021, Wales has now delivered more than one million first and second doses of Covid-19 vaccinations.

“Furthermore, as of February 27, the weekly incidence of Covid-19 infections in all local authority areas throughout Wales has fallen below 100 cases per 100,000 population.

"This is encouraging, but we must continue following the rules and guidelines to maintain this trend.

“The public should be aware that the level 4 restrictions remain in place in order to keep infection rates falling and that you should stay at home, meet only the people you live with, work from home if you can, wear a face covering where required, wash your hands regularly and stay two metres from anyone you do not live with."

There were 227 new cases reported in Wales, with 24 deaths also confirmed.

In Powys, there are now 3,952 confirmed Covid-19 cases.