A further 41 people have died with coronavirus in Wales and nearly 650 new cases have been reported, according to the latest figures.
Public Health Wales (PHW), in its daily update on Wednesday, November 18, announced that 640 more people have been diagnosed with Covid-19 following a lab test. This was a decrease on 705 from Tuesday.
The total number of people in Wales who have now died with lab-confirmed coronavirus stands at 2,284.
Wales’ infection rate has seen a slight decrease with 165.0 positive cases per 100,000 people for the last seven days (November 9-15) compared with 165.8 per 100,000 on Tuesday.
These are the key details on Wednesday:
Deaths reported today: 41
Cases reported today: 640 (Down from 705 on Tuesday)
Number of tests carried out: 6,918 (Down from 8,392 on Tuesday)
Total deaths with lab-confirmed coronavirus in Wales: 2,284
Blaenau Gwent is now the local authority with the most cases per 100,000 people over a seven-day average with 334.9, down from 342.1 on Tuesday.
Merthyr Tydfil, once the centre of the virus in Wales, is now the second highest area for infections at 270.2, down from 286.8 yesterday.
Neath Port Talbot follows as the third highest at for infection at 263.1 after a substantial fall from 291 one day prior.
The areas with the highest numbers of new cases on Tuesday were Cardiff 79, Rhondda Cynon Taf with 67, Swansea with 54, Neath Port Talbot with 48, Carmarthenshire with 44, and Bridgend and Caerphilly with 42 each.
Additional areas with high case numbers included Blaenau Gwent with 35, Flintshire with 26, Newport with 25, Torfaen and Merthyr Tydfil with 22, Vale of Glamorgan with 21, Monmouthshire with 19, Wrexham with 16 and Conwy with 11.
Local authorities in the single digits were Ceredigion with 9; Denbighshire with 7; Pembrokeshire, Powys and Gwynedd with 5; and Anglesey with 2.
Cases per 100,000 for rolling seven days (Nov 9-15)
Aneurin Bevan University Health Board
Blaenau Gwent: 334.9 (Down from 342.1)
Caerphilly: 241.3 (Up from 239.7)
Newport: 179.7 (Up from 175.2)
Torfaen: 174.5 (Up from 167.1)
Monmouthshire: 144.8 (Up from 125.8)
Betsi Cadwaldr University Health Board
Wrexham: 148.6 (Down from 151.5)
Flintshire: 148.0 (Up from 137.1)
Denbighshire: 87.8 (Up from 83.6)
Conwy: 46.1 (Down from 56.1)
Gwynedd: 42.5 (Down from 49.0)
Anglesey: 28.6 (Down from 32.8)
Cardiff and Vale University Health Board
Cardiff: 153.2 (Down from 154.0)
Vale of Glamorgan: 124.3 (Up from 116.8)
Cwm Taf Morgannwg University Health Board
Merthyr Tydfil: 270.2 (Down from 286.8)
Rhondda Cynon Taf: 254.9 (Down from 264.4)
Bridgend: 200.6 (Up from 195.2)
Hywel Dda University Health Board
Carmarthenshire: 152.6 (Up from 147.8)
Ceredigion: 90.8 (Up from 81.2)
Pembrokeshire: 58.0 (Down from 65.2)
Powys Teaching Health Board
Powys: 81.5 (Down from 86.1)
Swansea Bay University Health Board
Neath Port Talbot: 263.1 (Down from 291)
Swansea: 221.9 (Down from 225.5)
Wales total – 165.0 (Down from 165.8)
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Dr Giri Shankar, incident director for the Covid-19 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.