Newport has recorded 116 new cases of coronavirus on Thursday as another 24 people were confirmed to have died with the virus.

Figures published by Public Health Wales (PHW) on Thursday, December 3, show another 1,473 people have tested positive for the virus in Wales in the last 24 hours.

It brings the total number of cases since the outbreak began to to 83,961, while 2,638 people have died with lab-confirmed coronavirus in Wales.

The infection rate across Wales as a whole now stands at 237.9 per 100,000 people based on the seven days up to November 30. This is an increase from 227.9 on Wednesday.

Blaenau Gwent remains the local authority in Wales with the highest infection rate in Wales with a seven-day rate of 468.1 cases per 100,000 population, up from 453.8 the day before.

Neath Port Talbot is second with 434.0 , up from 389.4 yesterday.

Torfaen is third with an infection rate of 382.1 per 100,00, down from 402.3 on Wednesday.

The local authorities with the highest number of new cases on Thursday include Cardiff with 217, Rhondda Cynon Taf with 180, Caerphilly with 126, Neath Port Talbot with 132, Newport with 116 and Swansea with 100.

Other areas with high new case rates are Torfaen with 86, Carmarthenshire with 84, Bridgend with 66, Blaenau Gwent with 65, Merthyr Tydfil with 52, Monmouthshire with 48 and Vale of Glamorgan with 42.

Local authorities with cases under 30 include Powys with 26, Wrexham with 25, Flintshire with 17, Pembrokeshire with 16, Ceredigion with 11, Denbighshire with 9, Gwynedd and Conwy with 7 and Anglesey with 1.

Cases per 100,000 for rolling seven days (Nov 24-30)

Aneurin Bevan University Health Board

Blaenau Gwent: 468.1 (Up from 453.8)

Torfaen: 382.1 (Down from 402.3)

Newport: 309.0 (Up from 307.7)

Caerphilly: 306.0 (Up from 294.9)

Monmouthshire: 194.5 (Up from 180.8)

Betsi Cadwaladr University Health Board

Wrexham: 196.4 (Up from 194.2)

Flintshire: 119.2 (Up from 114.7)

Anglesey: 77.1 (Down from 85.7)

Denbighshire: 67.9 (Up from 59.6)

Conwy: 37.5 (Up from 30.7)

Gwynedd: 32.1 (Down from 33.7)

Cardiff and Vale University Health Board

Cardiff: 245.0 (Up from 226.8)

Vale of Glamorgan: 194.6 (Up from 184.1)

Cwm Taf Morgannwg University Health Board

Merthyr Tydfil: 377.9 (Up from 331.5)

Rhondda Cynon Taf: 335.7 (Up from 322.9)

Bridgend: 242.8 (Up from 228.5)

Hywel Dda University Health Board

Carmarthenshire: 224.6 (Up from 215.1)

Pembrokeshire: 148.6 (Down from 150.2)

Ceredigion: 136.2 (Down from 145.8)

Powys Teaching Health Board

Powys: 88.3 (Up from 86.8)

Swansea Bay University Health Board

Neath Port Talbot: 434.0 (Up from 389.4)

Swansea: 355.5 (Up from 341.3)

Wales total - 237.9 (Up from 227.9)

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On Wednesday it was announced that the Covid-19 vaccine from Pfizer and BioNTech has been approved for use in the UK.

The Medicines and Healthcare Products Regulatory Agency (MHRA) said the jab, which offers up to 95% protection against Covid-19 illness, is safe for use.

Health minister Vaughan Gething said there are initially 800,000 vaccines coming to the UK of which Wales gets a population share of just under 40,000.

As two shots are required this means that 20,000 will be able to have the vaccine in the first delivery to Wales, which will be spread evenly across the country.

Mr Gething added that the target was to start administering the jabs on Tuesday of next week.

Dr Robin Howe, Incident Director for the Covid outbreak response at Public Health Wales, said: “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.

“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.

“The Welsh Government have introduced restrictions for the hospitality sector from Friday 4 December ahead of Christmas period, in order to reduce the opportunities for the virus to spread in our communities and to keep people safe.

“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.

“Public Health Wales strongly urges everyone to follow these rules, to avoid transmission of coronavirus and to protect everyone in our communities, including the most vulnerable.