Newport has recorded the third highest increase in positive coronavirus cases in the past 24 hours, as Wales sees another rise in positive cases.
Ten new cases were confirmed in the Newport local authority area today – second only to Caerphilly, which recorded 30, and Rhondda Cynon-Taf, which recorded 23.
Public Health Wales (PHW) revealed that 130 new lab-confirmed cases of the virus were reported across Wales on Friday, September 11.
That’s down on the the 165 cases on Wednesday but there was a warning on Friday morning that there would be a spike because the data was “incomplete ” on Thursday.
Merthyr Tydil remains close to a local lockdown after its coronavirus infections per 100,000 people in the last week remained unchanged (54.7 per 100,000) from Thursday.
Similarly Rhondda Cynon Taf, which has the third highest rate per head of population in Wales, recorded 37.3 per 100,000 – the same as Thursday.
New voluntary restrictions have been introduced in both local authorities in a bid to prevent a lockdown from occuring.
The Wales-wide infection rate has risen just marginally to 19.8 infections for every 100,000 people.
Thursday’s figure brings the total number of cases to 19,604 in Wales since the beginning of the pandemic. Across Wales, there have been 19.8 cases for every 100,000 people in the last week, which is just below the rate for foreign countries at which Wales starts to bring in quarantines for visitors.
Thankfully there were once again no reported Covid-19 deaths by PHW. So far, there have been no deaths in September of anyone who had been diagnosed with coronavirus in the last month.
Two people died with Covid-19 on August 31.
These are the key details on Thursday:
Deaths reported today: 0
Cases reported today: 133 (Up from 102 on Thursday)
Number of new tests: 8,751 (Up from 7,799 on Thursday)
Total deaths with lab-confirmed coronavirus in Wales: 1,597
The county borough of Caerphilly, which has been under lockdown since 6pm on Tuesday, recorded 30 new positive cases on Thursday – the most of any local authority.
Rhondda Cynon Taf had the second highest with 23, followed by Newport with 10, Flintshire with eight and Wrexham with seven.
Neath Port Talbot and Swansea both recorded six, Powys and Carmarthenshire had five, Denbighshire, Bridgend and Merthyr Tydfil had four, Torfaen, Gwynedd and Cardiff had three, Vale of Glamorgan and Pembrokeshire had two, and Blaenau Gwent and Conwy had one.
Monmouthshire, Anglesey and Ceredigion recorded no new cases.
Where today’s new cases were diagnosed
These are the areas with the highest seven-day rolling totals for new cases. All figures are reported as cases adjusted for population (per 100,000 people):
Caerphilly: 96.6 (Up)
Merthyr Tydfil: 54.7 (Unchanged)
Rhondda Cynon Taf: 37.3 (Unchanged)
Newport: 29.1 (Up)
Wrexham: 22.8 (Up)
Powys: 21.1 (Up)
Neath Port Talbot: 14.7 (Down)
Denbighshire: 13.6 (Up)
Cardiff: 12.8 (Down)
Carmarthenshire: 11.7 (Down)
Bridgend: 10.9 (Down)
Gwynedd: 10.4 (Up)
Flintshire: 9.6 (Down)
Blaenau Gwent: 8.6 (Unchanged)
Swansea: 7.7 (Down)
Anglesey: 7.1 (Down)
Conwy: 6.8 (Down)
Vale of Glamorgan: 6.7 (Unchanged)
Torfaen: 6.4 (Up)
Pembrokeshire: 5.6 (Down)
Monmouthshire: 2.1 (Down)
Ceredigion: 2.8 (Unchanged)
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The area of Wales with the highest rate of coronavirus infections, judging by the seven-day rolling total per 100,000 people, remains Caerphilly.
Its closely-watched weekly total, adjusted for population, has now risen to 96.6 cases for every 100,000 people. it was 91.1 on Thursday.
The local authority now has one of the highest positive case rates per head of population in the UK.
On Friday it was announced that wearing face coverings in shops and enclosed public places will be made compulsory in Wales from Monday.
First Minister Mark Drakeford said said that if coronavirus got a grip in our communities, then “we will see an increase in serious illness, hospital admissions and deaths”.
He said people who refuse to wear masks would face fines of up to £1,920.
Meanwhile, from Monday only six people will also be allowed to meet indoors in Wales in a further attempt to slow the spread of the virus.
The rule will not apply to children aged 11 or under and will not affect weddings and funerals.
However, it will apply in all pubs, restaurants and private homes. Up to 30 people will still be allowed to meet outdoors.