The number of coronavirus deaths has almost doubled when compared to the previous day’s figures.
Latest statistics released by Public Health Wales (PHW) on Wednesday show 907 new confirmed cases of Covid-19 in Wales – a significant rise on the 595 recorded on Tuesday.
There were also 41 new confirmed Covid deaths, which was up from the 21 announced 24 hours earlier by the NHS trust.
Some 74,735 people have tested positive for coronavirus in Wales since the outbreak began while 2,446 people have died.
The infection rate across Wales as a whole now stands at 188.2 per 100,000 population based on the seven days up to November 22, up from 185.3 in the data released on Tuesday (up to November 21).
Blaenau Gwent remains the county in Wales with the highest infection rate with a seven-day rate of 415.1, up from 407.9 the previous day.
Torfaen is the second highest with a rate of 315, up from 270.3, while Neath Port Talbot is third with 287.5, up from 274.9.
In terms of new cases confirmed on Wednesday the areas with the highest number are Cardiff with 116, Rhondda Cynon Taf with 104, Swansea with 98, Caerphilly with 78, Carmarthenshire with 71, Newport with 68 and Torfaen with 61.
Other areas with high new case rates are Neath Port Talbot with 50, Blaenau Gwent with 49, Vale of Glamorgan with 33, Bridgend with 29, Ceredigion with 22, Monmouthshire with 17, Pembrokeshire wth 15, Merthyr Tydfil with 14, Flintshire with 13, Powys with 11 and Wrexham with 10.
Counties with fewer than 10 new confirmed cases according to Wednesday’s statistics are Denbighshire with nine, Conwy with seven, Anglesey with six and Gwynedd with three.
Deaths reported today: 41 Cases reported today: 907 (Up from 595 on Tuesday)
Number of tests carried out: 8,917 (Up from 7,962 on Tuesday)
Total deaths with lab-confirmed coronavirus in Wales: 2,446
Cases per 100,000 for rolling seven days (Nov 15-22)
Aneurin Bevan University Health Board
Blaenau Gwent: 415.1 (up from 407.9)
Caerphilly: 268.9 (up from 267.8)
Monmouthshire: 145.9 (down from 153.3)
Newport: 283.2 (up from 278.6)
Torfaen: 315 (up from 270.3)
Betsi Cadwaladr University Health Board
Anglesey: 31.4 (up from 27.1)
Conwy: 29 (down from 29.9)
Denbighshire: 86.7 (up from 85.7)
Flintshire: 132.6 (down from 147.3)
Gwynedd: 24.1 (up from 23.3)
Wrexham: 147.8 (up from 137.5)
Cardiff and Vale University Health Board
Cardiff: 176.9 (up from 171.2)
Vale of Glamorgan: 152.7 (up from 150.5)
Cwm Taf Morgannwg University Health Board
Bridgend: 216.9 (down from 224.4)
Merthyr Tydfil: 245.3 (up from 243.7)
Rhondda Cynon Taf: 265.7 (down from 267.3)
Hywel Dda University Health Board
Carmarthenshire: 202.9 (up from 192.3)
Ceredigion: 121.1 (up from 115.6)
Pembrokeshire: 70.7 (up from 66.8)
Powys Teaching Health Board
Powys: 83.1 (down from 90.6)
Swansea Bay University Health Board
Neath Port Talbot: 287.5 (up from 274.9)
Swansea: 240.5 (up from 234.4)
Wales total – 188.2 (up from 185.3)
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It was revealed on Tuesday that three households will be allowed to form a bubble over Christmas from December 23 to December 27. The rules are here.
But First Minister Mark Drakeford has warned that cases in many parts of Wales are starting to rise again after dropping following the two-week fire-break that ended on November 9.
Speaking to BBC Radio Wales, he said: “We had a successful fire-break period and it delivered what we hoped it would, but over the last three or four days we have begun to see some of those gains being frayed away, and we have seen rises in coronavirus in many parts of Wales, particularly in people aged under 25.”
He added: “In the lead-up to Christmas, we have to ask people in Wales to think very carefully about the way in which they go about their daily lives.”
Similarly, health minister Vaughan Gething said coronavirus rates are “a real cause for concern” in the Gwent area of Wales in particular.
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Dr Robin Howe, incident director for the novel coronavirus outbreak response at Public Health Wales, said: “Public Health Wales notes the decision of the four nations of the UK regarding the relaxation of restrictions over the Christmas period, enabling up to three households to meet.
“The festive period is important for people across Wales who want to be with loved ones during the holidays, particularly after a very difficult year, but we would remind everyone that we must each continue to take personal responsibility to limit the spread of the virus and protect our loved ones, particularly if they are vulnerable or extremely vulnerable. For many, this will mean that it isn’t possible to celebrate Christmas in the way you normally would.”
Dr Howe added: “Public Health Wales is encouraging everyone who lives, works or studies in Merthyr Tydfil to attend the mass testing service at the leisure centre as soon as they can – even if they do not have symptoms.
“Thank you to those who have already attended and undertaken a test, as this will help us to break the chains of transmission in the area. However, in order for the exercise to be as successful as possible then we need as many people in the area as possible to be tested.
“For more information about the testing exercise, visit the MTCBC website.
“Anyone aged 11+ without any symptoms can have a test, but children under 18 will need parental consent. The more people who get tested, the more chances we have to reduce the spread of the virus.
“People with symptoms should also get tested but need to book a test either by calling 119 or by clicking here.”
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