Another 34 more people have died with coronavirus in Wales and more than 700 new cases have been reported, according to the latest official figures.
Public Health Wales (PHW), in its daily update on Tuesday, November 17, announced that 705 more people have been diagnosed with Covid-19 following a lab test. This was an decrease on 892 from Sunday.
The total number of people in Wales who have now died with lab-confirmed coronavirus now stands at 2,243. The true number of deaths reported by the Office of National Statistics was 2,884 on October 30.
Wales’ infection rate has also seen a slight increase with 165.8 positive cases per 100,000 people for the last seven days (November 8-14) compared with 164 per 100,000 on Monday.
- Deaths reported today: 37
- Cases reported today: 705 (Down from 892 on Monday)
- Number of tests carried out: 8,392 (Down from 12,515 on Monday)
- Total deaths with lab-confirmed coronavirus in Wales: 2,243
Blaenau Gwent is now the local authority with the most cases per 100,000 people over a seven-day average with 342.1 , up from 303.5 on Monday.
Neath Port Talbot is now the second highest area for infection at 291 after a substantial fall in the Merthyr numbers.
Merthyr Tydfil, once the centre of the virus in Wales, cases in Merthyr have now fallen to 286.8 from 303.4 yesterday.
Rhondda Cynon Taf (RCT) reported the most cases in Tuesdays figures with 118, followed by Swansea with 79 and Caerphilly with 66.
Cases per 100,000 for rolling seven days (Nov 8-14)
Aneurin Bevan University Health Board
Blaenau Gwent: 342.1 (Up)
Caerphilly: 239.7 (Up)
Torfaen: 167.1 (Up)
Newport: 175.2 (Up)
Monmouthshire: 125.8 (Up)
Betsi Cadwaldr University Health Board
Wrexham: 151.5 (Down)
Flintshire: 137.1 (Up)
Denbighshire: 83.6 (Down)
Conwy: 56.1 (Down)
Gwynedd: 49 (Up)
Anglesey: 32.8 (Down)
Cardiff and Vale University Health Board
Cardiff: 154.0 (Down)
Vale of Glamorgan: 116.8 (Down)
Cwm Taf Morgannwg University Health Board
Merthyr Tydfil: 286.8 (Down)
Rhondda Cynon Taf: 264.4 (Up)
Bridgend: 195.2 (Unchanged)
Hywel Dda University Health Board
Carmarthenshire: 147.8 (Down)
Ceredigion: 81.2 (Down)
Pembrokeshire: 65.2 (Up)
Powys Teaching Health Board
Powys: 86.1 (Down)
Swansea Bay University Health Board
Neath Port Talbot: 291 (Down)
Swansea: 225.5 (Up)
Wales total – 165.8 (Up)
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Dr Giri Shankar, incident director for the novel coronavirus outbreak response at Public Health Wales, said: “Public Health Wales strongly advises the public to take personal responsibility for their actions and to ensure that we are all doing as much as possible to limit the transmission of coronavirus.
“We would remind everyone that coronavirus is still active in our communities, and therefore this does not mean a return to normality.
“We ask the public to observe the new regulations and to limit their contact with other people as much as possible so that we all work together to bring the numbers of positive cases down.
“This means staying out of other people’s homes, limiting the times and the numbers of people that you meet, maintaining social distancing and hand hygiene, working from home if you can, and self-isolating if you show symptoms of coronavirus or are asked to do so by contact tracers.
“All of these actions will help to break the chains of transmission, reduce the spread of the virus, and keep people safe.
“We understand that people will want to carry on with their Christmas shopping now the fire-break has ended. We would suggest to try to visit shops during off-peak times, to always maintain social distancing and to wear a face covering if you can.
“Options such as ‘click and collect’ or online purchasing may also be something to consider.”