PHW has also confirmed that one person has died with a lab-confirmed coronavirus, bringing the total since the start of the pandemic in Wales to 1606.
Three local authorities have recorded more than 100 cases per 100,000 inhabitants in the past seven days, including Rhondda Cynon Taf (135.5), Merthyr Tydfil (147.5) and Blaenau Gwent (167.5) which has the most cases per capita in Wales.
Rates in Swansea (49.8), Carmarthenshire (47.1) and Cardiff (38.2) are also rising rapidly, close to the level at which local lockdowns were imposed.
Wales’ average per 100,000 population is now 43.2 – down from 38.9 the day before.
Here are the main details for Thursday:
- Deaths reported today: 1
- Cases reported today: 348 (up from 389 on Wednesday)
- Number of new tests: 11,030 (compared to 9,610 on Wednesday)
- Total number of laboratory-confirmed coronavirus deaths in Wales: 1,606
Rhondda Cynon Taf (RCT) had by far the most new cases on Thursday with 76, followed by Swansea with 31, Cardiff with 39, Blaenau Gwent with 30, Merthyr Tydfil with 28 and Carmarthenshire with 25.
Bridgend recorded 17 new cases, Caerphilly had 15, Flintshire had 10, Torfaen had nine, Neath Port Talbot had eight, Conwy had seven, Newport had six, Wrexham had five, Vale of Glamorgan, Gywnedd and Powys had four, Pembrokeshire and Denbighshire had three, Anglesey had two, while Monmouthshire and Ceredigion had one each.
A city-level lockdown is reportedly being considered for the Llanelli region, as Carmarthenshire cases are concentrated there.
These are the areas with the highest seven-day rolling totals for new cases. All figures are reported as population-adjusted cases (per 100,000 inhabitants):
Aneurin Bevan University Health Council
Caerphilly: 35,5 (bas)
Newport: 45,3 (bas)
Blaenau Gwent: 167.5 (plus)
Torfaen: 28.7 (plus)
Monmouthshire: 8,5 (bas)
Betsi Cadwaldr University Health Council
Conwy: 23 (plus)
Denbighshire: 24 (bottom)
Flintshire: 20,5 (plus)
Anglesey: 20 (in bas)
Wrexham: 8,1 (plus)
Gwynedd: 7,2 (plus)
Cardiff and Vale University Health Council
Cardiff: 38,2 (plus)
Vale of Glamorgan: 26,9 (plus)
Cwm Taf Glamorgan University Health Board
Merthyr Tydfil: 147.5 (plus)
Rhondda Cynon Taf: 135,5 (plus)
Bridgend: 74.8 (more)
Hywel Dda University Health Council
Carmarthenshire: 47,1 (plus)
Pembrokeshire: 8,7 (plus)
Ceredigion: 4.1 (unchanged)
Powys Health Education Council
Powys: 5.3 (plus)
Swansea Bay University Board of Health
Swansea: 49,8 (plus)
Neath Port Talbot: 14,7 (plus)
Wales overall: 43.2 (over)
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Six of Wales’ local authorities are now subject to local restrictions, including RCT, Caerphilly, Newport, Bridgend, Merthyr and Blaenau Gwent.
The restrictions mean:
- People will not be allowed in or out without a reasonable excuse, such as travel for work or study;
- People will only be able to meet outside for the time being. People will not be able to meet members of their extended household inside or form a larger household at this time;
- All authorized premises must close at 11 pm;
- All people over the age of 11 must wear a face mask in indoor public places – as is the case across Wales.
The municipalities of Cardiff, Swansea, the Vale of Glamorgan, Carmarthenshire, Anglesey, Conwy, Denbighshire and Flintshire are all “areas of concern” for PHW.
Likewise, on Tuesday evening, Prime Minister Mark Drakeford announced further restrictions across Wales.
- Pubs, cafes, restaurants and casinos (and all other hospitality businesses) will have to close at 10 p.m. They will also have to provide table service only. This applies from Thursday at 6 p.m.
- Non-licensees, including supermarkets, will also have to stop selling alcohol by 10 p.m.
- A payment of £ 500 will be issued to help low-income people who need to self-isolate and regulation will be tightened to ensure that employers support those who need to self-isolate in this way.
- The Prime Minister also called on people to travel only when necessary, saying, “The fewer people we meet and the fewer trips we take, the safer we are.” However, except in areas already locked in Wales, which are subject to specific travel restrictions, this is not currently a fixed rule that applies across Wales and constitutes more advice.
Speaking Thursday, Dr Robin Howe, Incident Director for the New Response to the Coronavirus Outbreak at Public Health Wales, said: ‘Public Health Wales welcomes the launch of the new NHS Covid-19 app today .
“The app is a central part of the NHS Wales Test Trace Protect program. We are encouraging as many people as possible to download and use the app to help prevent the spread of the coronavirus.
“Some of the new restrictions announced earlier this week on pubs and restaurants will take effect today. These restrictions mean pubs, restaurants and other licensed premises must close at 10 p.m. and only offer table service. Excluding licenses, including supermarkets and other retail outlets, must also stop selling alcohol at 10 p.m.
“The ‘rule of six’ means that only six people from the same extended household can meet inside.
“In addition, the Welsh government has announced stronger regulations and support for employees and employers who are required to self-isolate.
In areas where local restrictions have been introduced (Caerphilly County Municipalities, Rhondda Cynon Taf, Merthyr Tydfil, Bridgend, Blaenau Gwent and Newport) these rules must be observed. Details of these rules are available on the Welsh Government website.
“We continue to see a steady increase in cases in many communities across Wales, and our investigations show that many of them have been transmitted due to a lack of social distancing.
“The municipalities of Cardiff, Swansea, Vale of Glamorgan, Carmarthen, Anglesey, Conwy, Denbighshire and Flintshire are all areas of concern for us and we are closely monitoring the data from there, but the number of cases is increasing in all parts of Wales, so there is no room for complacency in any area.
“We are also seeing an increase in the number of critically ill people admitted to hospital with Covid-19.
“We are concerned that much of the good work done over the past few months may be wasted. If the situation continues to worsen, we could end up at the same levels of infection that we experienced earlier this year in March April; and with that comes the possibility of imposing more extensive restrictions nationwide.
“The coronavirus has not disappeared. It is everyone’s responsibility to help prevent the spread of this virus to protect older and vulnerable family members and friends. others, and washing your hands regularly. ”