Another 14 people have died with coronavirus in Wales and more than 1,900 positive cases have been confirmed.
The latest statistics released by Public Health Wales (PHW) on Sunday, December 6 show 1,916 people have tested positive for the virus in Wales in the last reporting period.
It brings the number of positive tests since the outbreak began to 88,992 while 2,709 people have died with lab-confirmed coronavirus in Wales.
The infection rate across Wales now stands at 279.5 per 100,000 people based on the seven days up to December 3. This is an increase from 262.3 on Saturday.
- Deaths reported today: 14
- Cases reported today: 1, 916
- Number of tests carried out: 19,577 (up from 17,339 on Saturday)
- Total deaths with lab-confirmed coronavirus in Wales: 2,709
Neath Port Talbot is the local authority with the highest infection rate in Wales with a seven day rate of 556.8 per 100,000 population, up from 509.4 the day before.
Blaenau Gwent has the second highest rate with 489.5 cases per 100,000 population, up from 478.1 on Saturday.
Merthyr Tydfil is in third with 436 cases per 100,000 population, up from 421 on Saturday.
Cardiff has the highest number of new confirmed positive cases on Sunday with 240, followed by Rhondda Cynon Taf which is just one behind with 239.
Swansea has 217 new cases, followed by Caerphilly with 179, Neath Port Talbot with 145, Newport with 127, Bridgend with 126 and Carmarthenshire with 112.
Other local authorities reporting high numbers of cases include Torfaen with 82, Blaenau Gwent with 64, Vale of Glamorgan with 62, Merthyr Tydfil with 49, Flintshire with 47, Pembrokeshire with 43 and Monmouthshire with 38.
Those reporting case numbers below 30 include Wrexham with 25, Powys with 24, Denbighshire with 20, Conwy with 18, Ceredigion with 11, Gwynedd with nine and Anglesey with two.
Cases per 100,000 for rolling seven days (November 27 to December 3)
Aneurin Bevan University Health Board
Blaenau Gwent: 489.5 (up from 478.1)
Torfaen: 392.7 (up from 371.4)
Newport: 376.3 (up from 352.2)
Caerphilly: 381.6 (up from 341.8)
Monmouthshire: 248.4 (up from 245.3)
Betsi Cadwaladr University Health Board
Wrexham: 203 (up from 200.8)
Flintshire: 127.5 (up from 119.2)
Anglesey: 51.4 (down from 77.1)
Denbighshire: 81.5 (up from 72.1)
Conwy: 53.8 (up from 46.1)
Gwynedd: 43.4 (up from 39.3)
Cardiff and Vale University Health Board
Cardiff: 313.7 (up from 287.3)
Vale of Glamorgan: 220.1 (up from 204.4)
Cwm Taf Morgannwg University Health Board
Merthyr Tydfil: 436 (up from 421)
Rhondda Cynon Taf: 377.2 (up from 368.5)
Bridgend: 316.2 (up from 280.2)
Hywel Dda University Health Board
Carmarthenshire: 262.2 (up from 243.2)
Pembrokeshire: 168.5 (up from 153.4)
Ceredigion: 159.6 (up from 154.1)
Powys Teaching Health Board
Powys: 89.9 (up from 89.1)
Swansea Bay University Health Board
Neath Port Talbot: 556.8 (up from 509.4)
Swansea: 404.5 (up from 383.4)
Wales total – 279.5 (up from 262.3)
Dr Chris Williams, incident director for the novel coronavirus outbreak response at Public Health Wales, said: “New Welsh Government restrictions came into force at 6pm on Friday, covering travel and the hospitality sector.
“People living in Wales cannot travel to areas of England in tier three or areas of Scotland in level three or above. In these circumstances, travel out of Wales is only allowed under limited circumstances, such as for work or education.
“People you don’t live with cannot come into your home, unless you have formed an extended household (or “bubble”) with them (except in very limited circumstances).
“Pubs, restaurants, bars and cafes will need to close at 6pm apart from takeaway services, and will not be able to serve alcohol.
“Indoor entertainment venues such as cinemas, bingo halls, soft play centres and bowling alleys must close from the same date, as must indoor visitor attractions such as museums, galleries and heritage sites.”
He added: “It is now clear from the data that the coronavirus cases are rising in most parts of Wales, reversing the downward trend we had observed as a result of the fire break.
“We ask the public to observe the 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.
“Public Health Wales urges everyone to follow the rules, to avoid transmission of coronavirus and to protect everyone in our communities, including the most vulnerable.
“The festive period is important for people across Wales who want to be with loved ones during the holidays, particularly after a very difficult year, but we would remind everyone that we must each continue to take personal responsibility to limit the spread of the virus and protect our loved ones, particularly if they are vulnerable or extremely vulnerable. For many, this will mean that it isn’t possible to celebrate Christmas in the way you normally would.
“We understand that people will want to do their Christmas shopping at this time of year. 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.
“The Medicines and Healthcare Products Regulatory Agency (MHRA) has now authorised the first COVID-19 vaccine as safe and effective on the basis of detailed independent expert review of evidence from large scale clinical trials.
“The Pfizer BioNTech vaccine has become the first to receive MHRA clearance in the UK and 40 million doses of the vaccine will shortly be available for delivery across the UK, with Wales getting its allocation based on population.
“This is welcome news, however the effects of the vaccine may not be seen nationally for many months and it is extremely important that everyone continues to follow the advice on keeping Wales safe; keep contacts with other people to a minimum, keep a 2 metre distance from others, wash hands regularly, wear a face covering where required, and self-isolating when asked to do so.
“Due to high numbers of positive cases in Torfaen, Aneurin Bevan University Health Board is operating a number of mobile COVID-19 testing units across Torfaen. The mobile units will provide a walk up testing service for residents who live nearby, and more details can be found on the Torfaen council and ABUHB social media channels.
“Torfaen residents who experience even mild symptoms of coronavirus, a fever, continuous cough or loss of taste or smell, or feel generally unwell, should call 0300 30 31 222 or visit https://www.gov.uk/get-coronavirus-test to book a test.
“Public Health Wales is encouraging everyone who lives, works or studies in Merthyr Tydfil to attend the mass testing service at the Leisure Centre as soon as they can even if they do not have symptoms.
“Thank you to those who have already attended and undertaken a test, as this will help us to break the chains of transmission in the area. However, in order for the exercise to be as successful as possible then we need as many people in the area as possible to be tested.
“For more information about the testing exercise, visit the MTCBC website.
“Anyone aged 11+ without any symptoms can have a test, but children under 18 will need parental consent. The more people who get tested, the more chances we have to reduce the spread of the virus.
“If you or a member of your household develop symptoms of the coronavirus, such as a cough, fever or change in sense of taste or smell, you must self-isolate immediately and book a free coronavirus testeither by calling 119 or by clicking here.
“We recognise that many people may be finding life more challenging, resulting in difficulties with mental health. There are many agencies which provide help and support, including the C.A.L.L. helpline on 0800 132 737, which will refer callers to the most appropriate organisation according to their needs.
“If you are in severe mental distress or are having suicidal thoughts, please contact Samaritans Cymru free on 116 123. You can also find sources of advice and guidance on our website if you need some help or are worried about a loved one.
“NHS Wales is still here to help you if you need care, and it’s important you continue to attend appointments and seek help for urgent medical issues. You should phone beforehand and follow any guidance your local surgery, dentist, optometrist or health service has put in place to protect you and staff, including the need to keep 2m away from other patients.
“Helpful advice and support is available via the NHS COVID-19 app. As well as providing alerts if you have been in contact with someone with Coronavirus, the app will also tell you the current risk level in your area.
“Information about the symptoms of coronavirus is available on the Public Health Wales website, or via the NHS 111 Wales symptom checker.”