The areas of Newport with the highest rates of coronavirus cases have been revealed, with rates in many areas of the city falling compared to previous weeks.
The latest hyper-local data published by Public Health Wales (PHW) shows the number of coronavirus cases and the rate of infection in each area.
The rolling seven-day average up to January 9 shows that Lliswerry & Uskmouth has the highest number of cases per 100,000 population at 657.
Most areas in the city have seen a decrease from previous weeks, including some previously among the highest incidence rates in Wales.
The rolling seven-day average between December 24 and December 30 for Caerleon was 1,079.6 per 100,000, but it has now fallen to 359.9.
Bettws is now at 609.1 per 100,000, down from 745.9, and Marshfield is now at 406.4 per 100,000, down from 681.2.
Elsewhere in Newport, Pillgwenlly & Docks (576.7) and Langstone and Llanwern (519.8) had the next highest rates of infection.
What does this data actually mean?
The data is based on the rolling seven-day average up to January 9.
While this information does indicate the infection rate and number of cases in each ward, it is important to bear in mind that this data is very volatile because it covers such small areas.
This means that even a small number of cases in an area with a comparatively smaller population can have a significant effect on the infection rate per 100,000.
For example, Caerleon and Stow Hill have the exact same number of cases (28), but Stow Hill has a higher infection rate per 100,000 (426.9) than Caerleon (359.9).
The Wales infection rate is now 389.5 cases per 100,000 people based on the seven days up to January 9. That is a decrease on the 416.8 previously reported.
PHW data also shows 101,371 people have now received a first dose of the coronavirus vaccine as at 10pm on Tuesday, January 12. That is an increase of 10,142 on the figure reported on Monday.
What has Mark Drakeford said about coronavirus in Wales?
In an interview with WalesOnline on Wednesday, First Minister Mark Drakeford said he “can’t promise” Wales will be in a position to ease coronavirus restrictions towards the end of the month.
Read everything he said here.
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