ANOTHER 15 Covid deaths have been recorded in Wales, the latest figures show.

According to Public Health Wales, the number of deaths in Wales has now risen to 5,797 since the beginning of the pandemic.

Of the newly reported deaths, two were recorded in the Aneurin Bevan University Health Board area – which covers Gwent.

In total, 998 covid deaths have now been recorded in our area.

Today’s release marks the single highest number of recorded deaths in a single day since mid-February.

And, with deaths typically lagging behind case rates, it is thought that this could continue to rise for some time yet.

  • Have you recently lost a loved one? We want to help you celebrate their life by publishing an obituary in the paper and online. Click here to submit information and pictures.

In the latest testing period, 2,717 new cases of covid have been reported to Public Health Wales.

Since the beginning of the pandemic, there has been 322,816 cases of the potentially deadly virus in Wales.

In Gwent, Caerphilly once again has the highest number of new cases, with 185.

However, the virus is now more prevalent in Blaenau Gwent, as, despite having fewer new cases at 74, this represents 105.9 cases per 100,000 people in this area, compared to 102.2 per 100,000 in Caerphilly.

In Newport meanwhile, there were 112 new cases reported, which represents 72 cases per 100,000 residents.

Finally, there were 76 new cases reported in Torfaen, and 32 in Monmouthshire.

Nationwide, there were more new cases in Swansea than anywhere else, with 292.

But, relative to the population, Neath Port Talbot has the highest number of cases, as their 224 new cases equates to 156.3 cases per 100,000 residents.

In Wales, 2,371,337 people have had their first dose of the covid vaccine, and 2,206,377 people have received their second vaccine dose.

It is worth noting that vaccination data is not updated over the weekend, and these totals may yet be higher.

The full breakdown of new cases recorded over the last 24 hours can be found below.

Read more local news here

Latest new covid cases in Wales by area

Swansea: 292

Rhondda Cynon Taf: 270

Cardiff: 226

Neath Port Talbot: 224

Caerphilly: 185

Carmarthenshire: 130

Newport: 112

Flintshire: 135

Conwy: 98

Vale of Glamorgan: 128

Powys: 101

Denbighshire: 65

Gwynedd: 114

Bridgend: 101

Merthyr Tydfil: 76

Wrexham: 73

Blaenau Gwent: 74

Pembrokeshire: 48

Torfaen: 76

Anglesey: 58

Ceredigion: 27

Monmouthshire: 32

Resident Outside Wales: 66

Unknown Location: 6