Nine new cases of coronavirus have been recorded in Newport as it prepares to enter local lockdown later tonight.

The city, which along with Merthyr, Bridgend and Blaenau Gwent will enter a local lockdown at 6pm tonight, now has 68.7 cases per 100,000 population over the last seven days.

Figures from Public Health Wales (PHW) show that there were 281 new cases of Covid-19 recorded on Tuesday, September 22.

That is the highest number of cases recorded in a single day since April 20, close to the peak of the pandemic, when 281 were also recorded.

However significantly more tests are being done today, with 9,850 test results reported today, compared to 898 on April 20.

Two local authorities in Wales are now reporting more then 100 cases per 100,000 population over the last seven days, including Rhondda Cynon Taf (102.4) and Merthyr Tydfil (112.7).

Bridgend and Newport also have high numbers of positive cases per head at 65.3 and 68.7 respectively. The Wales average now stands at 32.1, which is up from 29.2 the day before.

PHW has also added that the council areas of Cardiff, Swansea, the Vale of Glamorgan, Carmarthenshire, Anglesey, Conwy, Denbighshire and Flintshire are “areas of concern”.

These are the key details on Tuesday:

Deaths reported today: 0 Cases reported today: 281 (Up from 234 on Monday) Number of new tests: 9,780 (Down from 9,850 on Monday)
Total deaths with lab-confirmed coronavirus in Wales: 1,603

Rhondda Cynon Taf (RCT) had by far the highest number of new cases with 77, followed by Bridgend with 34, Cardiff with 30, Swansea with 28 and Merthyr Tydfil with 20.

Blaenau Gwent and Carmarthenshire had 16, Caerphilly had 11, Newport had nine and Vale of Glamorgan had eight. Conwy had five, Denbighshire had four, Monmouthshire, Torfaen, Flintshire and Neath Port Talbot had three, while Anglesey, Gwynedd, Wrexham, Ceredigion, Pemborkeshire and Powys had one.

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):

Aneurin Bevan University Health Board

Caerphilly: 38.7 (Down)

Newport: 39.4 (Down)

Blaenau Gwent: 68.7 (Up)

Torfaen: 11.7 (Up)

Monmouthshire: 10.6 (Up)

Betsi Cadwaldr University Health Board

Conwy: 18.8 (Down)

Denbighshire: 20.9 (Down)

Flintshire: 19.9 (Up)

Anglesey: 20 (Down)

Wrexham: 5.9 (Down)

Gwynedd: 7.2 (Unchanged)

Cardiff and Vale University Health Board

Cardiff: 27.5 (Up)

Vale of Glamorgan: 22.5 (Up)

Cwm Taf Morgannwg University Health Board

Merthyr Tydfil: 112.7 (Up)

Rhondda Cynon Taf: 102.4 (Down)

Bridgend: 65.3 (Up)

Hywel Dda University Health Board

Carmarthenshire: 34.4 (Up)

Pembrokeshire: 5.6 (Unchanged)

Ceredigion: 4.1 (Up)

Powys Teaching Health Board

Powys: 4.5 (Unchanged)

Swansea Bay University Health Board

Swansea: 25.8 (Up)

Neath Port Talbot: 11.9 (Up)

Wales overall: 32.1 (Up)

From 6pm today, Newport, Bridgend, Merthyr and Blaenau Gwent will all be subject to the same local lockdown restrictions as RCT and Caerphilly.

The restrictions mean:

People will not be allowed to enter or leave without a reasonable excuse, such as travel for work or education; People will only be able to meet outdoors for the time being. People will not be able to meet members of their extended household indoors or form an extended household for the time being; All licensed premises will have to close at 11pm; Everyone over 11 must wear face coverings in indoor public places – as is the case throughout Wales.
Coronavirus news in Newport

Dr Giri Shankar, incident director for the novel coronavirus outbreak response at Public Health Wales, said: “We are continuing to see a steady increase in cases in many communities across Wales, and our investigations show that many of these have been transmitted due to a lack of social distancing.

“The council areas of Cardiff, Swansea, the Vale of Glamorgan, Carmarthenshire, Anglesey, Conwy, Denbighshire and Flintshire are all areas of concern to us and we are watching the data from there carefully, but numbers of cases are increasing in all parts of Wales so there is no room for complacency in any area.

“We are also seeing an increase in the number of people who are seriously ill and have been admitted to hospital with Covid-19.

“We are concerned that much of the good work conducted over the past few months is at risk of going to waste. If the situation continues to worsen, we may find ourselves at the same levels of infection that we experienced earlier this year in March and April; and with that comes the potential for more extended restrictions to be imposed nationally.

“Coronavirus has not gone away. It remains the responsibility of everyone to help prevent the spread of this virus to protect older and vulnerable family members and friends. They should do this by self-isolating when asked to do so, staying two metres away from others, and by washing hands regularly.”


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