Wales has recorded more than 280 new positive cases of coronavirus in the last 24 hours.
Public Health Wales (PHW) has confirmed there were 286 new lab-confirmed cases of Covid-19 recorded for Monday, September 28 – down on 362 on Sunday and 370 on Saturday.
The NHS body also added that no new deaths from the virus had been reported to them, meaning the total remains at 1,612.
The figures come as three more local authorities in Wales, Neath Port Talbot, the Vale of Glamorgan and Torfaen, are set to go until lockdown from 6pm this evening.
Local restrictions are already in place in Cardiff, Swansea, Blaenau Gwent, Bridgend, Caerphilly borough, Llanelli in Carmarthenshire, Merthyr Tydfil, Rhondda Cynon Taf and Newport.
There are now rising coronavirus weekly infection rates in several other areas including Denbighshire, Flintshire and Conwy that are now close to the level at which the Welsh Government has been introducing local lockdowns.
Blaenau Gwent continues to record the highest rate of infections in Wales with 304 positive cases per 100,000 population in the last seven days – up on 287.7 the day before.
Blaenau Gwent showed a small decrease in its test positivity rate to 10.4% (compared to 106% yesterday), but remains way above the national average of 4.7%.
Infection rates for Merthyr Tydfil are the second highest at 227.1 cases per 100,000, compared to 225.4 yesterday while Rhondda Cynon Taf also remains high at 176.2 cases per 100,000 (compared to 171.6 on Sunday).
The Wales average per 100,000 population is now at 67.6 – up from 65.3 the day before.
Rhondda Cynon Taf (RCT) recorded the highest number of cases on Monday with 56, followed by Cardiff with 47 and Swansea with 26.
The other local authorities in double figures included Carmarthenshire (18), Blaenau Gwent (17), Caerphilly (13), Flintshire and Merthyr (12) and the Vale of Glamorgan (11).
Meanwhile Neath Port Talbot and Conwy had nine, Bridgend had seven, Newport and Denbighshire had six, Wrexham, Torfaen and Powys had five, Anglesey, Pembrokeshire and Gwynedd had two and Monmouthshire had one.
These are the areas with the highest seven-day rolling totals for new cases (Sep 18-24). All figures are reported as cases adjusted for population (per 100,000 people):
Dr Giri Shankar, incident director for the novel coronavirus outbreak response at Public Health Wales, said: “Public Health Wales supports the announcement by the Welsh Government of local restrictions in Neath Port Talbot, the Vale of Glamorgan and Torfaen. These arrangements are necessary in order to bring transmission of the virus under control in these areas.
“These new restrictions will come into effect from 6pm today (Monday 28 September). We thank the public in advance for sticking to these new restrictions, which are essential in reducing spread of the virus, protecting older and vulnerable people, and keeping Wales safe.
“We remind people living in areas of Wales where there are currently no restructions in place to remember, at all times, the importance of adhering to the regulations to prevent further local restrictions.
“The new restrictions mean that people living in the affected areas will not be allowed to enter or leave their local authority area without a reasonable excuse.
“They will not be able to meet indoors with anyone they do not live with for the time being – extended households (sometimes called a ‘bubble’) are suspended for the time being.
“Pubs, restaurants and other licensed premises must stop selling alcohol at 10pm, and offer table service only. Off licenses, including supermarkets and other retail outlets, must also stop selling alcohol at 10pm.
“People who can work from home must do so. Those who cannot reasonably work from home can continue to travel to a place of work, whether that is within our outside the areas affected by local restrictions.
“Local restrictions are already in place in seven other areas of South Wales – Blaenau Gwent, Bridgend, Caerphilly borough, Llanelli in Carmarthenshire, Merthyr Tydfil borough, Rhondda Cynon Taf and Newport.
Dr Shankar urged people living in Blaenau Gwent who have symptoms of Covid-19 to get a test following a rapid rise in cases there.
“A mobile testing unit has been set up in the area. Local residents can book a test by calling 0300 303 1222.
“The symptoms of Covid-19 are a new, continuous cough, a fever and a change in taste or smell (anosmia), but as these can be preceded by more minor symptoms.
“We are encouraging people with any flu-like symptoms, or that are feeling generally unwell, to book themselves in for a test.
“As well as observing the current and new restrictions coming into place, I would also urge people to download the new NHS Covid-19 app which launched on Thursday (24 September 2020).
“The app forms a central part of the NHS Wales Test Trace Protect programme. We would encourage as many people to download and use the app as possible, to help prevent the spread of coronavirus. The app also informs users of the current risk level in their postcode district.”
News – Coronavirus infection rates, cases and deaths on Monday, Sept 28