More than 40 positive cases of coronavirus have been confirmed across Welsh universities so far, as they prepare to start the new academic year.

A number of positive cases have been identified across different universities in Wales, including some in university residence halls, private accommodation and among students still living at home.

More than two thirds of Wales is currently in a local lockdown after a rise in cases during the past few weeks.

And Wales Education Minister Kirsty has refused to rule out locking down entire student halls in the event of major outbreaks.

Here's how the eight universities in Wales have been affected by coronavirus so far.

Cardiff University

Cardiff University said it had no confirmed cases of the virus among its students so far.

A spokesperson told WalesOnline: "To date, Cardiff University has had no suspected or confirmed outbreaks among students, but we continue to monitor both student and staff data.

"The university is introducing an in-house Covid-19 screening service. To help us detect any infections, clusters or outbreaks at the earliest possible stage, all of our students and staff who are asymptomatic will have the opportunity to take a test shortly after arriving on campus."

University of South Wales

The University of South Wales, which has campuses in Cardiff, Newport and Pontypridd, has not responded to our request for comment.

Swansea University

Swansea University  had 32 cases of coronavirus which it is linking to a house party attended by one infected person.

Andrew Rhodes, registrar and chief operating officer at Swansea University, said: “What we have seen on coronavirus is that almost all of the cases stem from before the main arrival of the students.

“Cases are stemming from the same party.

“One infected person who came from outside the area caused the transmission of the virus.

“In terms of all those who had positive test results, there were 32 - all of those students were from a particular party.”

He said they'd had no cases in halls of residence or on campuses.

Students are being warned that if they are caught flouting Covid-19 rules could face being kicked off their courses.

So far, six warnings have been given to students who have been caught breaching the rules.

Swansea University has confirmed 22 cases so far

Bangor University

A spokesperson from Bangor University said the college was aware of a number of cases across private accommodation, its student halls and among students living at home.

“The university is aware of one reported positive case within a hall of residence, three confirmed cases in private accommodation in the region and two confirmed cases of students who have remained at home in isolation and haven’t travelled to the campus," they said.

"We are unable to confirm the total number of students tested as not all students are resident on campus and therefore won’t all use the same testing facility.

"We have processes in place to ensure that we monitor Covid-19 positive test results among the student population, to enable us to respond if there is cause for concern.

"All our students have been advised of their responsibilities and reminded of relevant Covid-related rules and regulations. Breaches will be dealt with, initially informally, but for serious and/or persistent breaches the university will consider use of its disciplinary procedure.

"Our priority is to protect the health and well-being of our students, staff and local community.”

Cardiff Metropolitan University

Three students at Cardiff Metropolitan University have tested positive for coronavirus, with a fourth currently awaiting the results of a test, the university has confirmed.

A spokesperson for Cardiff Met said: “We have been made aware of three students who’ve tested positive for Covid-19 and are awaiting the results of one further test.

"In line with Welsh Government guidelines, individuals suspected of contracting the virus or having tested positive for Covid-19 are self-isolating and contact tracing is being carried out.”

University of Wales Trinity St David

The University of Wales Trinity St David, which has three main campuses in Carmarthen, Lampeter and Swansea, did not respond to our request for comment.

Aberystwyth University

In-person teaching has been suspended at Aberystwyth University after cases of coronavirus were confirmed in the student community.

In an email sent to students, the university said: "Following further discussions this evening with local partners regarding the escalating risk of Covid-19 transmission, we have taken the decision to suspend in-person teaching temporarily."

And the university subsequently confirmed that it had 12 confirmed cases of coronavirus among its students.

"Since students have started returning for the new academic year, 12 cases of Covid-19 amongst students have been confirmed to us," the university said.

Aberystwyth University

Wrexham Glyndŵr University

Wrexham Glyndŵr University has confirmed two cases of the virus among its student population.

A spokesman from Wrexham Glyndwr University said: “We have been informed that two of our students have been confirmed by Public Health Wales (PHW) to have tested positive for coronavirus. One student has been on campus, however maintained social distancing at all times. The other student has not been onto campus.

“The safety of our students, staff, visitors and the wider community is our priority and we are working closely with the NHS and PHW. We have stringent Covid-19 secure guidelines in place across our campuses, including wearing a face covering in all public indoor spaces and our teaching and social learning spaces have all been reconfigured to adhere to a two metre social distance at all times.

"Staff and students have been advised to self-isolate and get tested should they have any of the symptoms of coronavirus and not to come onto campus.”