The majority of Newport has recorded almost no coronavirus cases in the most recent seven-day period reported by Public Health Wales (PHW).

The figures from PHW show that in the week between March 25 and March 31, a total of six areas in Newport recorded 29 new coronavirus cases.

The city’s remaining 14 areas recorded between 0-2 cases, the lowest number PHW’s recorded figures drop to and categorised as “low numbers.”

The areas in Newport that recorded fewer than two cases of the virus between March 19 and March 25 were:

Caerleon Malpas Bettws Beechwood St Julians & Barnardtown Lawrence Hill Rogerstone Ringland Ridgeway & Glasllwch Lliswerry & Uskmouth Pye Corner & Graig Gaer Duffryn & Maesglas Marshfield

You can take a look at infection rates across the city between March 25 and March 31 in the interactive map below:

The coronavirus infection rate for the whole of Newport currently stands at 23.9 cases per 100,000 people. This compares with 28.1 per 100,000 across Wales as a whole.

Of the areas in Newport that did report new cases between March 25 and March 31, Maindee had the highest infection rate, standing at 100.1 cases per 100,000 people.

However, this is a decrease since these figures were previously reported on March 31, when the infection rate in Maendy stood at 125.2 cases per 100,000.

The areas with the next highest incidence rates between March 25 and March 30 were Stow Hill, with 61 cases per 100,000, followed by Victoria & Somerton with 50.6 per 100,000.

The number of new cases in each area were:

What does this data mean?

The data above is based on the rolling seven-day average between March 25 and March 31. The boundaries used are those from the the Office for National Statistics’ (ONS’) middle layer super output areas (MSOAs) as defined by the 2011 boundaries.

It is important to bear in mind that it is very volatile because it covers such small areas. Where an area has a very small population even one positive case can push up the rate of cases per 100,000 significantly. You should therefore be cautious about drawing too many conclusions directly from the information.

The latest from Welsh Government

Last week, the Welsh Government announced measures that will take Wales fully into alert level 3 by May 17.

All children and students in Wales will return to face-to-face learning on Monday, April 12, while all remaining non-essential retail and close contact services will be allowed to re-open on the same date.

Outdoor attractions and outdoor hospitality will reopen – including cafes, pubs and restaurants – on Monday, April 26, subject to health conditions.

By early May, plans include allowing organised outdoor activities for up to 30 people to take place, and for gyms, leisure centres and fitness facilities to reopen for individual or one-to-one training but not exercise classes.

“Thanks to a real team effort across Wales, coronavirus cases remain stable, and the vaccination programme continues apace,” said First Minister Mark Drakeford.

“As a result, the Welsh Government has the headroom to continue its careful, step-by-step approach to relaxing restrictions.

“The review we have concluded this week, means we can continue with our programme of further re-opening of the economy and loosening the restrictions in place.”

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