This is the highest number of cases recorded in a single day since April 9, near the peak of the pandemic where 391 were recorded.
But it should be noted that many more tests are done now than in April, with 9,610 test results reported today compared to 902 on April 9.
Three local authorities have now registered more than 100 cases per 100,000 inhabitants in the past seven days, including Rhondda Cynon Taf (123.5), Merthyr Tydfil (137.6) and Blaenau Gwent (136).
Here are the main details for Wednesday:
- Deaths reported today: 2
- Cases reported today: 389 (up from 281 on Tuesday)
- Number of new tests: 9,610 (compared to 9,780 on Tuesday)
- Total number of deaths from laboratory-confirmed coronavirus in Wales: 1,605
Rhondda Cynon Taf (RCT) had by far the most new cases with 93, followed by Blaenau Gwent with 47, Swansea with 37, Cardiff with 35 and Bridgend with 29.
Newport and Merthyr Tydfil had 24 each, Carmarthenshire had 19, Caerphilly had 16, Vale of Glamorgan had 10, Torfaen had nine, Denbighshire had eight, Anglesey, Flintshire and Conwy had five, Neath Port Talbot had four, Wrexham had three, Pembrokeshire and Powys had two while Monmouthsure had one.
Ceredigion was the only local authority not to register a new positive case.
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: 37,6 (bas)
Newport: 49.1 (more)
Blaenau Gwent: 136 (Plus haut)
Torfaen: 20.2 (plus)
Monmouthshire: 10.6 (unchanged)
Betsi Cadwaldr University Health Council
Conwy: 21,3 (plus)
Denbighshire: 27,2 (plus)
Flintshire: 19,2 (bas)
Anglesey: 24,3 (plus)
Wrexham: 5,9 (inchangé)
Gwynedd: 5,6 (bass)
Cardiff and Vale University Health Council
Cardiff: 33 (top)
Vale of Glamorgan: 26.2 (and skin)
Cwm Taf Glamorgan University Health Board
Merthyr Time File: 137.6 (plus)
Rhondda Cynon Taf: 123,5 (plus)
Bridgend: 72.1 (more)
Hywel Dda University Health Council
Carmarthenshire: 40,8 (plus)
Pembrokeshire: 6,4 (plus)
Ceredigion: 4.1 (unchanged)
Powys Health Education Council
Powys: 3 (down)
Swansea Bay University Board of Health
Swansea: 36,8 (plus)
Neath Port Talbot: 11,9 (inchangé)
Wales overall: 38.9 (up)
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As of 6 p.m. Tuesday, Newport, Bridgend, Merthyr and Blaenau Gwent were subject to the same local lockdown restrictions as RCT and Caerphilly.
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.
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 regulations 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 less trips we make, the safer we are.” However, except in areas already locked in Wales, which are subject to specific travel restrictions, this is not currently a set rule that applies across Wales and is more advice.
Dr Giri Shankar, Incident Director for the Response to the Novel Coronavirus Outbreak at Public Health Wales, said: ‘Public Health Wales welcomes the package of new national measures introduced from 6 p.m. on Thursday 24 September .
“These restrictions mean that pubs, restaurants and other licensed premises must close at 10 pm and only offer table service. Unauthorized licenses, including supermarkets and other retail outlets, must also stop selling alcohol by 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 these cases have been transmitted due to a lack of social distancing.
“The municipalities of Cardiff, Swansea, the Vale of Glamorgan, Carmarthenshire, Anglesey, Conwy, Denbighshire and Flintshire are all areas of concern to us and we are closely monitoring the data from there, but the number of cases is increasing in all regions 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 as we experienced earlier this year in March and April; and with that comes the possibility of imposing more extensive restrictions nationally.
“The coronavirus is not gone. Everyone has a responsibility to help prevent the spread of this virus to protect elderly and vulnerable family members and friends. They should do this by isolating themselves when asked to do so, staying two meters from others, and washing their hands regularly. ”