This is the highest number of cases recorded in a single day since April 22, near the peak of the pandemic, when 253 were recorded.
However, a lot more testing is being done today, with 9,850 test results reported today, up from 1,049 on April 22.
It comes as the Welsh government has announced that Bridgend, Merthyr, Newport and Blaenau Gwent will go into local lockdowns from 6 p.m. Tuesday.
The latest figures show that the Merthyr Tydfil infection rate reached a new high of 102.8 infections per 100,000 people in the past week, the highest rate in Wales. Rhondda Cynon Taf remains the second hardest hit area with 83.3 infections per 100,000 inhabitants. Blaenau Gwent hit 60 and Bridgend 53.
Here are the main details for Monday:
- Deaths reported today: 0
- Cases reported today: 234 (up from 199 on Sunday)
- Number of new tests: 9,850 (compared to 8,784 on Sunday)
- Total number of laboratory-confirmed coronavirus deaths in Wales: 1,603
Rhondda Cynon Taf (RCT) recorded the most new cases with 40, followed by Cardiff with 31, Blaenau Gwent with 20, Caerphilly with 15, Bridgend with 14, Merthyr Tydfil, Swansea and Carmarthenshire with 12 each and Newport with 11 .
Flintshire had 10 new cases, Vale of Glamorgan had eight, Anglesey had seven, Denbighshire and Neath Port Talbot had six, Pembrokeshire and Torfaen had five, Monmouthshire and Gwynedd had four, Conwy had three, Wrexham had two and Ceredigion and Powys had one each.
Over the past seven days, Merthyr Tydfil recorded the highest number of cases per 100,000 population with 102.8, followed by RCT (83.3), Blaenau Gwent (60.1), Caerphilly (53), Bridgend (53 ) and Newport (45.3).
The average for Wales now stands at 29.2, down from 27.2 the day before.
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: 53,0 (bas)
Newport: 45.3 (unchanged)
Blaenau Gwent: 60.1 (plus)
Torfaen: 10.6 (plus)
Monmouthshire: 8,5 (plus)
Betsi Cadwaldr University Health Council
Conwy: 20,5 (plus)
Denbighshire: 21,9 (plus)
Flintshire: 19,2 (plus)
Anglesey: 24,3 (plus)
Wrexham: 8,8 (plus)
Gwynedd: 7,2 (bass)
Cardiff and Vale University Health Council
Cardiff: 23,7 (plus)
Vale of Glamorgan: 17.2 (and skin)
Cwm Taf Glamorgan University Health Board
Merthyr Tydfil: 102.8 (plus)
Rhondda Cynon Taf: 83,3 (bass)
Bridgend: 53 (plus skin)
Hywel Dda University Health Council
Carmarthenshire: 27 (top)
Pembrokeshire: 5,6 (plus)
Ceredigion: 2.8 (plus)
Powys Health Education Council
Powys: 4.5 (down)
Swansea Bay University Board of Health
Swansea: 19,4 (plus)
Neath Port Talbot: 11,2 (plus)
Wales overall: 29.2 (up)
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The latest figures come after the announcement that Newport, Bridgend, Merthyr and Blaenau Gwent will all be subject to the same local lockdown restrictions as RCT and Caerphilly from 6 p.m. Tuesday.
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 should wear a face mask in indoor public places – as is the case across Wales.
“Due to the evolving situation in these four local authority areas, we will be introducing local restrictions in these local authority areas from 6 p.m. tomorrow,” Health Minister Vaughan Gething said on Monday. .
‘This will mean that a large part of the population of South Wales – and the South Wales valleys – will be subject to local coronavirus restrictions.
“We will be holding an urgent meeting tomorrow with all local authorities, boards of health and police forces in South Wales – from Swansea to the border with England – to discuss the wider regional situation and whether any additional measures are needed.