Six new deaths related to Coronavirus and 82 new cases have been reported in Wales.

1,519,760 first vaccinations have now been given across the country and 484,739 people in Wales have received a two-dose course.

Meanwhile, Public Health Wales has reiterated the safety of the AstraZeneca vaccine, but confirmed that when the 18-29 year-old age group are offered a vaccination they will now be offered an alternative vaccine.

Dr Eleri Davies, Incident Director for the Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak response at Public Health Wales, said:

“Yesterday the Medicines and Healthcare Regulatory Agency (MHRA) and Joint Committee on Vaccination and Immunisation (JCVI) provided an update on the Oxford AstraZenca vaccine, following reports of an extremely rare and specific type of blood clot following vaccination.

“The AstraZeneca vaccine remains safe and effective and has already saved thousands of lives. Those who have received a first dose of the vaccine, should continue to receive a second dose.

“The risk benefit remains strongly in favour of vaccination with the AstraZeneca vaccine for those aged 30 and over, and those aged under 30 who have underlying health conditions, which put them at higher risk of severe outcomes from COVID-19 infection. However, adults aged 18-29 years old who do not have underlying health conditions will now be offered an alternative vaccine.

“The Moderna vaccine is now being rolled out across Wales. It is the third coronavirus vaccine approved by the Medicines and Healthcare Regulatory Agency (MHRA) and patients in Carmarthenshire were the first in the UK to receive it yesterday.

“We urge anyone over 50 who has not yet received an invite for their vaccination to contact their local health board."