The number of people who tested positive for Covid-19 in Monmouthshire on Wednesday December 22 was 118 - which brings the total number of people up to 13,129. This includes either lab-reported or rapid lateral flow test.

Weekly deaths, with Covid-19 on the death certificate, is one.There were 106,122 people who tested positive for Covid-19 in the UK on the same day - which brings the total number of cases up to 11,647,473.Covid-19 cases are identified by taking specimens from people and testing them for the presence of the SARS-CoV-2 virus. If the test is positive - except for rapid lateral flow tests which have negative confirmatory lab-based PCR tests taken within 72 hours - this is referred to as a case. If a person has more than one positive test, they are only counted as one case for all nations with the exception of Wales.Health Minister Eluned Morgan has thanked the thousands of extra NHS staff and volunteers who are making a success of the Covid-19 booster programme in Wales.Alongside dedicated NHS staff working in the mass vaccination centres, pharmacies, GPs and army personnel are supporting the rapid rollout of the booster vaccine.The accelerated booster programme continues to gather pace, with 1.4m booster doses already delivered – almost half of all those aged 12 and over.This week, a record 53,000 vaccines were delivered in one day – the highest number since the programme was launched just over a year ago.Wales is on target to offer all eligible adults their booster by the end of the year.Many people will receive a text message from their health board inviting them to attend a clinic to have their booster. People are also being advised to keep an eye on their health board’s social media and websites for the latest information about clinics.GP practices across Wales are stepping up again to support the vaccine programme. Practices will be open in the mornings as normal, but many will be running vaccine clinics in the afternoons and some will also run evening and weekend clinics to vaccinate as many people as possible as quickly as possible.GPs will continue to provide vital care and ensure people with urgent health needs are prioritised.Pharmacies are also pledging their support to the booster campaign and the Ministry of Defence has allocated 98 personnel. They will make up 14 teams of vaccinators who will provide surge support to increase capacity.Health Minister Eluned Morgan said: “Once again our NHS, armed forces and dedicated volunteers will be doing all they can to protect us against Covid-19.“The omicron variant is fast moving and therefore we need to ensure a rapid rollout of the booster vaccine, this can only be achieved through the dedication of everyone involved within the vaccine rollout, their continued commitment is helping to Keep Wales Safe. I want to thank everyone for the role they’re playing within Team Wales.“With so much effort to fast-track booster appointments, please support them by being patient and making sure you take up your offer when invited and make having your booster your priority. For those who still haven’t had their first and second dose of the vaccine – it’s never too late. I would urge you to protect yourself. Your health board website will have all the details.”The vaccine programme also welcomes interest from potential volunteers who would like to join in the huge effort to vaccinate Wales. People can find out more about volunteering by emailing their local health board via the Health Education and Improvement Wales website.