The latest headline figure from Public Health Wales shows just 12 new reported cases of coronavirus in Caerphilly County Borough.
The figure, released on Tuesday (September 15), is based on the number of new cases Public Health Wales (PHW) was made aware of on Monday (September 14).
The latest figures show a decrease on the 47 new confirmed cases announced by PHW the previous day.
The latest headline figure shows 110 new cases reported across Wales – with no new deaths. This is a decrease on the 183 new cases reported the day before.
Of these new cases, 38 have been recorded in Rhondda Cynon Taf, 12 in Newport, eight in Cardiff and two in Merthyr Tydfil County Borough.
There was also one new coronavirus case recorded in Torfaen, one in Blaenau Gwent and none in Monmouthshire.
In the last seven days, PHW has been made aware of 150 new cases in Caerphilly County Borough – equating to 82.8 cases per 100,000 people.
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While Rhondda Cynon Taf was the only local authority area to record more cases than Caerphilly in that same time frame (165 new cases), it only equates to 68.4 cases per 100,000 people.
This is because Rhondda Cynon Taf’s population is around 240,000, compared with Caerphilly County Borough’s population of around 180,000.
Caerphilly was placed under a local lockdown by Welsh Government on Tuesday, September 8.
Welsh Government has said it will take several weeks for the effects of the local lockdown to be felt.
What does ‘headline figure’ mean?
In recent weeks, Caerphilly Observer and other media have been reporting the headline figures from Public Health Wales.
For example, the headline figure released on Tuesday, September 15, saw 12 new positive tests reported.
This figure however is not entirely as it seems at first glance. It is the number of new cases PHW were aware of as of September 14 – the day before.
Even then, this figure is still not what you think it ought to be as it includes positive tests that may have occurred a few days prior, but that PHW were only made aware of on September 14.
The headline figure for Caerphilly County Borough for September 14 (which was published on September 15) is 12 new cases.
The latest spreadsheet containing the detailed data, which can be downloaded from the PHW stats website, actually shows no new cases for September 14.
This is because the 12 cases were actually tested for a few days prior, but PHW only became aware of them on September 14. We will have a far more accurate reflection of what has been going on in the last few days over the course of the next week.
However, the figures do show the week up to September 13 saw 167 new cases of coronavirus in Caerphilly County Borough. The week prior to that (August 31 to September 6) saw 98. The week before that (August 24 to August 30) saw 46. There were just eight cases recorded between August 17 and August 23.
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