A local lockdown has been announced for Swansea following a sharp increase in coronavirus cases.

There had been speculation that Swansea could go into lockdown as the cases per 100,000 population figure had risen rapidly over the last seven to 10 days.

Just a week ago the Swansea figure was around 12 cases per 100,000. It now stands at 49.8, and may have risen again when today's figures are revealed at around 2pm.

Today Health Minister Vaughan Gething confirmed Swansea would join other parts of Wales in seeing extended restrictions, starting at 6pm on Sunday, September 27.

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This week, prior to today's announcement, Dr Keith Reid, director of public health at Swansea Bay University Health Board, urged people in Swansea to obey the rules, saying a local lockdown was imminent.

"You really need to help us here," said Dr Reid. "You need to be really careful who you socialise with."

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He revealed that Swansea had been experiencing multiple clusters of up to 12 cases, roughly seven days apart, rather than one or two large clusters.

He said the underlying level of community transmission was "perhaps relatively low", but was nevertheless rising.

And staff at Swansea's Morriston Hospital were now treating more coronavirus patients.

Newport, Bridgend, Merthyr Tydfil, Caerphilly, Rhondda Cynon Taf and Blaenau Gwent have all already been placed in local lockdowns.

Rhondda Cynon Taf currently has an infection rate of 123.5 cases per 100,000, while Blaenau Gwent has a rate of 136.