The four areas with the highest Covid rates in the UK are in Wales.

Based on the latest data for the week up to October 13, Torfaen has the highest infection rate in all of the UK at 786.7 cases per 100,000 population.

Cardiff is not far behind in second place with 767.6 cases per 100,000 and Pembrokeshire is third with 740.8 cases per 100,000.

Read more:The huge wave of Covid ripping through children and teenagers in Wales

The fourth-ranked area is the Vale of Glamorgan with 729.5 cases per 100,000.

Just under half of the cases currently being diagnosed in Wales are being found in children aged 0-10 and older teenagers aged 10-19. Read more here.

Cases and infection rates by area (last seven days to October 13)

Area Cases

Infection rate per 100,000

Torfaen 746 786.7
Cardiff 2,834 767.6
Pembrokeshire 939 740.8
Vale of Glamorgan 987 729.5
Trafford 1,682 708
Peterborough 1,433 707.2
Cheshire East 2,660 687.9
Bath and North East Somerset 1,341 682.9
Northamptonshire 4,962 655.3
Barnsley 1,560 628.9
Halton 814 627.3
Warrington 1,308 624.7

The data, collated by the UK government, shows the total number of people with at least one positive Covid-19 test result, either lab-reported or lateral flow device (England only) in the most recent seven-day period.

Based on Public Health Wales data, which breaks down Covid rates by Middle Super Output Area (MSOA), there are pockets where infection rates are especially high.

Abersychan, Trevethin and Pen-y-garn in Torfaen have particularly high infection rates as do Milford Haven East and West in Pembrokeshire.

Within Cardiff itself, Llanrumney, Llanishen, Pontprennau, Llanederyn, Trowbridge, St Mellons, Birchgrove, Ely West and Victoria Park all have four-figure infection rates.

There are still areas in Wales where Covid cases are growing. And the latest data published by PHW shows that infection rates across Wales are increasing again.

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