Seven areas of Newport have potentially recorded no coronavirus cases this week, according to the most recent figures published by Public Health Wales (PHW).
Between February 26 and March 4, the areas in question recorded between 0-2 cases of the virus – the lowest number PHW’s recorded figures drop to.
The areas in Newport that recorded fewer than two cases of the virus according to the figures are:
Caerleon Malpas Bettws Rogerstone Shaftesbury & Crindau St Julians & Barnardtown Liswerry & Uskmouth
You can take a look at infection rates across the city in the interactive map below:
When WalesOnline last reported these figures on March 4, only three areas in the city reported between 0 and 2 cases in the prior seven-day period – Caerleon, Ridgeway & Glassllwch and Duffryn & Maesglas.
According to the most recent figures published by PHW, the area in Newport with the highest rate of coronavirus in the seven-day period between February 26 and March 4 is Stow Hill, with 167.7 cases per 100,000 people.
This is an increase from the 91.5 previously reported.
The most recent figures also show one other area with an infection rate of 100 cases or more per 100,000 people. The Gaer recorded an infection rate of 104 per 100,000 between February 26 and March 4, an increase on the 86.6 previously reported.
What does this data mean?
The above map uses the Office for National Statistics’ (ONS’) middle layer super output areas (MSOAs) as defined by the 2011 boundaries.
Every MSOA across Wales is ranked according to the incidence rate of positive coronavirus cases per 100,000 people – with the highest 10% being ranked as 1, and the lowest 10% ranked as 10.
The data is based on the rolling seven-day average up to March 4.
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.
You should therefore be cautious about drawing too many conclusions from the data.
How does Newport compare to the rest of Wales?
The current rate of infection for Newport in the seven days leading up to March 4 is 49.1.
This is the secons highest out of the five Aneurin Bevan University Health Board areas after Caerphilly, which recorded a rate of 63 cases per 100,000 people.
It is the ninth highest in Wales, and above the overall Wales figure of 44 as of Tuesday, March 9.
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