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Worrying number of Coronavirus cases in Newtown

Created on 14/10/2020 @ 07:14
Newtown has been placed in the second highest band for the number of people tested positive for Coronavirus.

The figures have been revealed by Powys County Council which put Welshpool and Montgomery in the lowest coloured risk and Llanidloes in the second tier.

The bands are red, amber, yellow and grey.

For Newtown, in the Amber coloured tier, that means there is an equivalent of 25-49 residents per 100,000 who are testing positive.

In Llanidloes there are 15-24 per 100,000 and in Welshpool and Montgomery that drops to less than 15 per 100,000.

Powys County Council released an info-graph that shows the local situation for the county for a seven-day period from October 4-11. As a whole, it is showing 43 positive cases per 100,000 people and is moving perilously close to the 50-per-100,000 that can spark stricter restrictions.

The data does not include the tests taken on the last two days of the period (October 10-11) as those results would have taken time to process. 

Cases have continued to rise over the past week, with 11 positive results reported for the whole of Powys over the last 24 hours, taking the total to 586 since the first on March 11. According to the National Office for Statistics, there have been 95 deaths attributed to the virus.

In recent days, there have been calls for more localised figures with Powys covering such a broad area.