Newport has the highest rate of infection in Wales, but the number of coronavirus cases and infection rates remain low in Wales.

Figures published by Public Health Wales (PHW) on Tuesday, May 11 reveal that the city has the highest rate of infection per 100,000 people across a seven-day period from April 29 to May 5.

Newport currently has an infection rate of 25.2 per 100,000 people, ahead of Cardiff (15) and Wrexham (12.5).

It is also a major outlier compared to other areas in the Aneurin Bevan University Health Board area where Blaenau Gwent (1.4), Caerphilly (5.5), Torfaen (6.4) and Monmouthshire (6.3) all have much lower infection rates.

However, the rates of infection are very low across Wales, as are the number of cases being recorded daily. In Wales the seven-day infection rate is only 8.8 per 100,000, and only 30 new cases were recorded on Tuesday. Newport also recorded just one new case on Tuesday, much less than the 25 it recorded on Monday.

Shoppers returned to Newport city centre last month for the reopening of non-essential retail

Monday's figure was also based on a longer time period, from 9am on Friday to 9am on Sunday. Read today's latest figures in full here.

Two weeks ago a small spike in cases prompted Newport City Council and Public Health Wales to issue a joint statement saying the situation had been put "under review."

The leader of the council Jane Mudd also said people had become "a little bit more relaxed" about following social distancing rules and that some were “not following the simple and basic rules of social distancing”.

The rate of infection then was 30.4, and it has since fallen.

According to the most recent hyperlocal data, no areas of Newport recorded more than nine cases over the most recent seven-day period from April 30 to May 6.

Stow Hill (9), Malpas (7), Victoria & Somerton (5), Bettws (4) and Duffryn & Maesglas (3) had the most cases in this period. All other areas recorded between zero and two cases.

What does this data mean?

The data is based on the rolling seven-day average up to May 6.

While this information does indicate the infection rate and number of cases in each ward, it is important to bear in mind that this data is very volatile because it covers such small areas.

This means that even a small number of cases in an area with a comparatively smaller population can have a significant effect on the infection rate per 100,000. You should therefore be cautious about drawing too many conclusions from this data.

How is the vaccine roll-out going in Gwent?

More than half a million doses of a coronavirus vaccine have been given so far in the Aneurin Bevan University Health Board area.

On Monday the health board announced it had hit the milestone having administered 514,091 vaccines, including both first and second doses.

Unvaccinated individuals aged under 40 with no clinical risk factors are being offered the Pfizer vaccine for first doses in all vaccination centres in Gwent from Friday May 7, in line with the updated guidance from the Joint Committee on Vaccination and Immunisation (JCVI).

This is in response to reports of "extremely rare adverse events of concurrent blood clots and low platelet count following vaccination with the first dose of the AstraZeneca vaccine", the health board said.

91% of those aged 70 and over in Gwent have received both vaccine doses, while 74% of those between 65 and 69 have received two doses.