Five more people have died in Wales after testing positive for coronavirus and more than 670 new positive cases have been recorded.

Latest figures from Public Health Wales (PHW) for Saturday, October 17, show that 674 positive cases have been logged in the 24 hours, and five people have died bringing the total number of deaths to 1,708.

Cardiff remains the local authority with the most cases per 100,000 people with 239 cases in the last seven days when adjusted for population, up from 236.8 on Friday.

Bridgend now the second highest rate at 192.5 per 100,000, up from 183.6 the day before, while Rhondda Cynon Taf was third with 169.9 (down on 176.2 yesterday).

The other local authority areas recording more than 100 cases per 100,000 included Wrexham with 180.2 (up from 173.6), Merthyr Tydfil with 179, Flintshire with 137.7, Blaenau Gwent with 1450.3, Swansea with 139.9, Conwy with 132.2, Neath Port Talbot with 138.2.

The Wales overall infection rate is 125.4 per 100,000, which is which is down on 128.7 recorded the day before.

Several hospitals are now reporting Covid-19 outbreaks, including the Royal Glamorgan, the Royal Gwent, Princess of Wales, Prince Charles and Morriston.

These are the key details on Saturday:

Deaths reported today: 5

Cases reported today: 979 (down from 979 on Friday)

Number of tests carried out yesterday: 8,846 (down from 9,823 on Friday)

Total deaths with lab-confirmed coronavirus in Wales: 1,708

Map of cases:

Map of covid cases Wales Oct 18/10

These are the areas with the highest seven-day rolling totals for new cases (October 7-13). All figures are reported as cases adjusted for population (per 100,000 people):

Aneurin Bevan University Health Board

Blaenau Gwent: 150.3 (Down)

Newport: 57.5 (Down)

Torfaen: 72.4 (Up)

Caerphilly: 98.3 (Down)

Monmouthshire: 61 (Up)

Betsi Cadwaldr University Health Board

Flintshire: 137.7 (Down)

Wrexham: 180.2 (Up)

Conwy: 132.2 (Down)

Denbighshire: 124.4 (Down)

Gwynedd: 84.3 (Down)

Anglesey: 45.7 (Down)

Cardiff and Vale University Health Board

Cardiff: 239 (Up)

Vale of Glamorgan: 54.6 (Down)

Cwm Taf Morgannwg University Health Board

Merthyr Tydfil: 179 (Up)

Rhondda Cynon Taf: 169.9 (Down)

Bridgend: 192.5 (Up)

Hywel Dda University Health Board

Carmarthenshire: 71.0 (Down)

Ceredigion: 24.8 (Umchanged)

Pembrokeshire: 27 (Umchanged)

Powys Teaching Health Board

Powys: 46.1 (Down)

Swansea Bay University Health Board

Swansea: 139.3 (Down)

Neath Port Talbot: 138.2 (Up)

Wales overall: 125.4 (Down)

Dr Chris Williams, incident director for the Covid-19 outbreak response at Public Health Wales, said: “Cases of coronavirus continue to rise in all parts of Wales, including in areas where local restrictions are in place.

“The public health message has not changed and is as important as ever; it is vital that people in every part of Wales stick to social distancing guidelines that’s staying two metres away from others, avoiding socialising with people outside your household, and washing hands regularly. They must also self-isolate immediately when asked to do so.

“We have seen an increase in transmission of the coronavirus in social settings, and would like to remind the public that the virus spreads really well in social situations. If you need to visit these type of venues, then:

Don’t mix with anyone other than the people that you live with; Stay 2m apart from people that you don’t live with; If you are contacted by the Test, Trace, Protect service, then please be honest about where you have been and with whom

Survey: Are you following the lockdown rules?

“Local restrictions are now in place in Blaenau Gwent, Bridgend, Caerphilly, Cardiff, Conwy, Denbighshire, Flintshire, Merthyr Tydfil, Neath Port Talbot, Newport, Rhondda Cynon Taf, Swansea, Torfaen, Vale of Glamorgan, and Wrexham local authority areas, and in the hyperlocal areas of Bangor and Llanelli.

“People who live in these areas must abide by these restrictions to protect themselves, their families, friends, older and vulnerable people, and keep Wales safe. For more information about restrictions in your area, visit the Welsh Government website.

“We are aware of misinformation circulating on social media which suggests that testing for Covid-19 generates a positive result for flu or common cold viruses. This is completely incorrect. The swab test for Covid-19 has been specifically developed to detect the presence of the SARS-CoV-2 virus also known as COVID-19 and has a proven accuracy rate of 99.91%.

“We would remind everyone to ensure that they are getting their information from established, trusted organisations: Public Health Wales, Welsh Government, and NHS Wales, and not to share anything from unverified sources.”


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