Another 31 people have died from the Coronavirus in Wales and more than 1,000 new cases have been reported, according to the latest figures.
Public Health Wales (PHW), in its daily update on Friday 20 November, announced that an additional 1,020 people have been diagnosed with Covid-19 after a laboratory test. This was down from 1048 on Thursday.
The total number of people who have now died in Wales from the laboratory-confirmed coronavirus is 2,338.
The incidence rate in Wales has increased slightly, with 166.5 positive cases per 100,000 people over the past seven days (November 11-17) compared to 164.5 per 100,000 on Thursday.
These are the main details on Friday:
Deaths reported today: 31
Cases reported today: 1,020 (down from 1,048 on Thursday)
Number of tests conducted: 13,292 (up from 11,809 Thursday)
Total laboratory confirmed coronavirus deaths in Wales: 2,338
Plainau Joint It is now the local authority with the most cases per 100,000 people over an average of seven days 356.0, Down from 356.4 Thursday.
Ronda Sinon Taff It is the second highest, with 250.8, Down from 256.6 yesterday.
Merthyr Tydfil It is the third highest infection area in 245.3, Down from 256.9 the day before.
The regions with the highest number of new cases on Friday were Swansea with 123, Cardiff with 115, Ronda Sinon Taff with 108, Newport with 70, Curveli with 65, Carmarthenshire with 64 and Neath Port Talbot with 61.
Additional high-case areas include Blaenau Gwent with 46, Bridgend with 40, Vale of Glamorgan with 39, Flintshire with 36, Wrexham and Merthyr Tydfil each with 33, Torfaen with 35, Monmouthshire with 21, Powys with 15, Pembrokeshire with 14, Conwy with 13 and Serdige with 10.
Local authorities in odd numbers were Denbighshire with 8 and Gwynedd and Anglesey each having 1.
Number of cases per 100,000 in circulation over seven days (Nov 11-17)
Anurin Bevan University Health Board
Blaenau Gwent: 365.0 (out of 356.4)
Curvelly: 238.0 (down from 251.8)
Newport: 200.4 (from 196.5)
Turphine: 192.6 (out of 176.7)
Monmouthshire: 138.5 (unchanged)
Betsy Cadwalder University Health Board
Flintshire: 164.6 (from 160.8)
Wrexham: 139.8 (down from 140.5)
Denbighshire: 87.8 (unchanged)
Conwy: 45.2 (out of 44.4)
Joinid: 29.7 (down from 34.5)
Anglesey: 24.3 (from 22.8)
Cardiff University Health Board and Vail
Cardiff: 161.1 (down from 161.4)
Glamorgan Valley: 127.3 (out of 107.0)
Cwm Taf Glamorgan University Health Board
Ronda Sinon Taff: 250.8 (down from 256.6)
Merthyr Tydfil: 245.3 (down from 256.9)
Bridgend: 197.2 (from 194.5)
Hywel University Health Board Dda
Carmarthenshire: 160.5 (up from 147.8)
Ceredigion: 93.5 (unchanged)
Pembrokeshire: 54.8 (down from 55.6)
Boise Health Teaching Board
Powys: 83.8 (of 82.3)
Swansea Bay University Health Board
Neath Port Talbot: 239.3 (out of 231.7)
Swansea: 223.5 (from 220.2)
Wales overall – 166.5 (up from 164.5)
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Dr Robin Howe, Accident Manager for the Response to the Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak at Public Health Wales said: “Starting tomorrow, Saturday 21 November, everyone who lives, works and studies in Merthyr County Tydfil Borough will be eligible for a free COVID-19 test. Whether they have symptoms or not.
This comprehensive testing exercise will help understand how the virus has spread in Merthyr and break the chains of transmission in the area. Merthyr has one of the highest rates of coronavirus infection in Wales and this will help control the virus.
Public Health Wales encourages as many people as possible to take the test. For the first time in Wales, side flow devices will be used that will give a result within 30 minutes. For more information on a test exercise visit The MTCBC website.
“ The Public Health Organization in Wales strongly advises the public to take personal responsibility for their actions and to ensure that we all do our best to limit the transmission of the Coronavirus.
“We would like to remind everyone that Coronavirus is still active in our societies, so this does not mean a return to normal life.
“We ask the public to observe the new regulations and limit their contact with others as much as possible so that we work together to reduce the number of positive cases.
“This means staying out of other people’s homes, limiting the times and numbers of people you meet, maintaining social distancing and hand hygiene, working from home if you can, and self-isolating if you develop symptoms of the Coronavirus or are asked to do so by tracing contact.
All of these measures will help break the chains of transmission, reduce the spread of the virus, and keep people safe.