Eleven new cases of coronavirus have been confirmed in Caerphilly County Borough, the latest headline figures from Public Health Wales (PHW) reveal.
The latest figure, which was released on Tuesday (September 22), shows how many new cases of coronavirus PHW was made aware of on Monday (September 21).
However, PHW has said there’s been a “lag in receiving data”, and has warned that recent figures may be an “underestimate”.
Across Wales, 281 new cases of coronavirus have been recorded in the latest figures – with no deaths.
Of these, 77 were recorded in Rhondda Cynon Taf, which became the second council area in Wales, after Caerphilly, to be put under a local lockdown.
Bridgend recorded 34 new cases, Merthyr Tydfil County Borough saw 20 new cases, with 16 in Blaenau Gwent and nine in Newport. All four authority areas will be placed under local lockdown from 6pm on Tuesday.
Meanwhile, 30 new cases were reported in Cardiff, three in Torfaen and three in Monmouthshire.
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In the last seven days, 70 new cases of the virus have been recorded in Caerphilly County Borough. This equates to 38.7 cases per 100,000 people.
In comparison, Rhondda Cynon Taf saw 247 cases in the same time period (102.4 cases per 100,000 people), Cardiff saw 101 cases (27.5 cases per 100,000) and 96 cases were recorded in Bridgend (65.3 cases per 100,000).
Welsh Government has said it will take several weeks for the effects of the local lockdown to be felt.
A temporary coronavirus testing centre has been set up in the car park at New Tredegar Business Park, with the temporary testing centre at Caerphilly Leisure Centre set to remain open until September 28.
The test centre at the council offices in Tredomen has now closed.
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 22, saw 11 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 21 – 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 21.
The headline figure for Caerphilly County Borough for September 21 (which was published on September 22) is 11 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 21.
This is because the 11 cases were actually tested for a few days prior, but PHW only became aware of them on September 20. 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 20 saw 107 new cases of coronavirus recorded in Caerphilly County Borough. The week prior to that (September 7 to 13) saw 216.
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