Nine more people have died in Wales after testing positive for coronavirus and close to 900 new cases of the virus have been confirmed.
According to the latest statistics released by Public Health Wales on Monday there have been 892 new confirmed cases of Covid-19 in Wales, a rise on the 808 recorded the previous day.
Including Monday’s data 73,233 people have tested positive for coronavirus in Wales since the outbreak began, while 2,385 people have died.
The infection rate across Wales as a whole now stands at 180.9 per 100,000 population based on the seven days up to November 20, up from 178.9 in the data released on Sunday (up to November 19).
Blaenau Gwent remains the county in Wales with the highest infection rate, with a seven-day rate of 416.5 , down from 435.1 the previous day.
Neath Port Talbot is the second highest with a rate of 274.9 , up from 272.8, while Caerphilly is third with 261.8 , up from 260.7.
In terms of new cases confirmed on Monday the areas with the highest number are Rhondda Cynon Taf with 112, Cardiff with 96, Caerphilly with 80, Swansea with 77, Bridgend with 71, and Newport with 69.
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Other areas with high new case rates are Wrexham with 43, Carmarthenshire with 42, Neath Port Talbot with 40, Torfaen with 35, Blaenau Gwent and Vale of Glamorgan with 31, Flintshire with 26, Monmouthshire with 19, Ceredigion and Merthyr Tydfil with 18, Pembrokeshire and Powys both with 15, and Denbighshire with 12.
Counties with fewer than 10 new confirmed cases according to Monday’s statistics are Anglesey with five, Gwynedd with three, and Conwy with one.
Deaths reported today: 9 Cases reported today: 892 (Up from 808 on Sunday)
Number of tests carried out: 11,916 (Down from 14,005 on Sunday)
Total deaths with lab-confirmed coronavirus in Wales: 2,385
Cases per 100,000 for rolling seven days (Nov 13-19)
Aneurin Bevan University Health Board
Blaenau Gwent: 416.5 (down from 435.1)
Caerphilly: 261.8 (up from 260.7)
Monmouthshire: 145.9 (up from 137.4)
Newport: 258 (up from 230.2)
Torfaen: 198 (down from 208.6)
Betsi Cadwaladr University Health Board
Anglesey: 24.3 (down from 25.7)
Conwy: 35.8 (down from 37.5)
Denbighshire: 85.7 (down from 93.0)
Flintshire: 146.7 (down from 157.0)
Gwynedd: 23.3 (down from 24.1)
Wrexham: 133.9 (up from 129.5)
Cardiff and Vale University Health Board
Cardiff: 171.7 (down from 173.9)
Vale of Glamorgan: 147.5 (up from 140.7)
Cwm Taf Morgannwg University Health Board
Bridgend: 239.5 (up from 215.6)
Merthyr Tydfil: 245.3 (down from 261.9)
Rhondda Cynon Taf: 264 (up from 250.3)
Hywel Dda University Health Board
Carmarthenshire: 192.3 (up from 185.4)
Ceredigion: 99 (down from 100.4)
Pembrokeshire: 66 (down from 67.6)
Powys Teaching Health Board
Powys: 91.4 (up from 89.9)
Swansea Bay University Health Board
Neath Port Talbot: 274.9 (up from 272.8)
Swansea: 233.2 (down from 240.1)
Wales total – 178.9 (up from 171.2)
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In Monday’s coronavirus briefing health minister Vaughan Gething said he was concerned about cases rising sharply in areas such as Blaenau Gwent.
“We’ve seen rises in cases in the neighbouring areas of Caerphilly, Torfaen and Newport,” he said.
“Perhaps most worrying of all is the growth, once again, of cases in our under-25 population.
“Over the last seven days or so we’ve seen a rise in the number of younger people contracting coronavirus in most parts of Wales.
“We know, from the pattern of the pandemic so far in Wales, that infections in younger people quickly work their way through the community and into older people.
“Older people are more vulnerable to serious illness if they catch coronavirus and sadly at a greater risk of being admitted to hospital and dying.”
Mr Gething added that there had been a “great response” from people living in Merthyr Tydfil over the weekend to mass testing with more than 2,000 tested. “The initial results suggest a positivity rate of 1%,” he said.
“I want to encourage people living and working in the area to keep on coming forward for a test. We’ll be opening new testing sites in Aberfan and Dowlais over the coming week.
“I want to thank Merthyr Tydfil Council, Cwm Taf Morgannwg health board, and our military partners for all the work which has been done in such a short space of time to set up this pilot.”
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