Eleven more people have died in Wales having tested positive for coronavirus and more than 800 new cases of the virus have been confirmed in the country.
According to the latest statistics released by Public Health Wales on Sunday, there have been 808 new confirmed cases of Covid-19 in Wales, more than 200 fewer than on the previous day.
Including today’s data, 72,341 people have tested positive for coronavirus in Wales since the outbreak began, while 2,376 people have died.
The infection rate across Wales as a whole now stands at 178.9 per 100,000 population, based on the seven days up to November 19, up from 171.2 in the data released on Saturday (up to November 18).
Blaenau Gwent remains the county in Wales with the highest infection rate, with a seven-day rate of 435.1 , up from 396.5 on the previous day.
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Neath Port Talbot is the second highest with a rate of 272.8 , up from 258.9, while Merthyr Tydfil is third with 261.9 , up from 250.3.
In terms of new cases confirmed on Sunday, the areas with the highest number are Newport with 87, Cardiff with 80, Swansea with 77, Caerphilly with 70, and Carmarthenshire and Neath Port Talbot which both had 63.
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Other areas with high new case rates are Rhondda Cynon Taf with 49, Blaenau Gwent with 41, Bridgend and Torfaen which both had 35, Flintshire with 27, Wrexham with 26, Vale of Glamorgan with 26, Ceredigion with 21, Monmouthshire with 18, Pembrokeshire with 17, and Merthyr Tydfil and Denighshire which both had 15.
Counties with fewer than ten new confirmed cases according to Sunday’s statistics are Powys with nine, Gwynedd with five, Anglesey with one, and Conwy which did not have a single new case.
- Deaths reported today: 11
- Cases reported today: 808 (Down from 1,016 on Saturday)
- Number of tests carried out: 14,005 (Up from 13,846 on Saturday)
- Total deaths with lab-confirmed coronavirus in Wales: 2,376
Cases per 100,000 for rolling seven days (Nov 13-19)
Aneurin Bevan University Health Board
Blaenau Gwent: 435.1 (up from 396.5)
Caerphilly: 260.7 (up from 240.2)
Monmouthshire: 137.4 (up from 136.4)
Newport: 230.2 (up from 213.3)
Torfaen: 208.6 (up from 201.1)
Betsi Cadwaladr University Health Board
Anglesey: 25.7 (up from 24.3)
Conwy: 37.5 (down from 41.8)
Denbighshire: 93.0 (up from 81.5)
Flintshire: 157.0 (down from 166.6)
Gwynedd: 24.1 (down from 25.7)
Wrexham: 129.5 (up from 128.7)
Cardiff and Vale University Health Board
Cardiff: 173.9 (up from 166.8)
Vale of Glamorgan: 140.7 (up from 127.3)
Cwm Taf Morgannwg University Health Board
Bridgend: 215.6 (up from 198.6)
Merthyr Tydfil: 261.9 (up from 250.3)
Rhondda Cynon Taf: 250.3 (up from 246.6)
Hywel Dda University Health Board
Carmarthenshire: 185.4 (up from 172.7)
Ceredigion: 100.4 (up from 86.7)
Pembrokeshire: 67.6 (up from 57.2)
Powys Teaching Health Board
Powys: 89.9 (unchanged)
Swansea Bay University Health Board
Neath Port Talbot: 272.8 (up from 258.9)
Swansea: 240.1 (down from 241.7)
Wales total – 178.9 (up from 171.2)
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Dr Chris Williams, incident director for the Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak response at Public Health Wales, said on Sunday: “From Saturday, November 21, everyone living, working and studying in Merthyr Tydfil County Borough is eligible for a free Covid-19 test.
“Anyone aged 11+ without any symptoms can have a test, but children under 18 will need parental consent. The more people who get tested, the more chances we have to reduce the spread of the virus.
“People with symptoms should also get tested but need to book a test either by calling 119 or by visiting here.
“This mass testing exercise will help to understand how the virus has spread in Merthyr and to break the chains of transmission in the area. Merthyr has one of the highest rates of coronavirus in Wales and this will help to get the virus under control.
“Public Health Wales encourages as many people as possible to come forward to be tested. For the first time in Wales, lateral flow devices will be used which give a result within 30 minutes. For more information about the testing exercise, visit the MTCBC website.
“Public Health Wales strongly advises the public to take personal responsibility for their actions and to ensure that we are all doing as much as possible to limit the transmission of coronavirus.
“We would remind everyone that coronavirus is still active in our communities, and therefore this does not mean a return to normality.
“We ask the public to observe the new regulations and to limit their contact with other people as much as possible so that we all work together to bring the numbers of positive cases down.
“This means staying out of other people’s homes, limiting the times and the numbers of people that you meet, maintaining social distancing and hand hygiene, working from home if you can, and self-isolating if you show symptoms of coronavirus or are asked to do so by contact tracers.
“All of these actions will help to break the chains of transmission, reduce the spread of the virus, and keep people safe.
“We understand that people will want to carry on with their Christmas shopping now the fire-break has ended. We would suggest to try to visit shops during off-peak times, to always maintain social distancing and to wear a face covering if you can. Options such as ‘click and collect’ or online purchasing may also be something to consider.
“We recognise that many people may be finding life more challenging, resulting in difficulties with mental health. There are many agencies which provide help and support, including the C.A.L.L. helpline on 0800 132 737, which will refer callers to the most appropriate organisation according to their needs.
“If you are in severe mental distress or are having suicidal thoughts, please contact Samaritans Cymru free on 116 123. You can also find sources of advice and guidance on our website if you need some help or are worried about a loved one.
“NHS Wales is still here to help you if you need care, and it’s important you continue to attend appointments and seek help for urgent medical issues. You should phone beforehand and follow any guidance your local surgery, dentist, optometrist or health service has put in place to protect you and staff, including the need to keep 2m away from other patients.