THE covid infection rates among teenagers remains high in Wales.

Dr Chris Jones, the deputy chief medical officer, gives an update on current infection rates at Tuesday's Welsh Government briefing.

Dr Jones said cases "remain high in the community" and are currently at around 530 cases per 100,000 people, but this has fallen compared to the rates two weeks ago.

Then it was 650 cases per 100,000 people.

Turning to infections in younger people, he says "rates are currently highest among the under 25s", but this is not translating into high levels of serious illness, or high levels of transmission of the virus to older adults.

Cases among under 5s remain low, cases have fallen for 17-18s, but the "sharpest increase" of cases has been found in people aged 12-16.

It comes as, in England, a leading scientist says more must be done to speed up Covid-19 vaccinations for children and ramp up the booster campaign.

Professor Neil Ferguson said the UK Government should be “less cautious” about offering second jabs to youngsters.

Prof Ferguson, a member of the Scientific Advisory Group for Emergencies (Sage) also called for the booster campaign to be rolled out “more aggressively”, warning that some vulnerable groups could be waiting until February for their third vaccine.