Six areas of Newport have more than 1,000 cases of coronavirus per 100,000 population.
The latest local data from Public Health Wales shows that the infection rate in the area is on the rise, with a number of areas seeing high incidence rates this week.
The hyper-local data, published on Monday, shows the amount of coronavirus cases and the number of cases in relation to population in the seven days leading to December 16.
Within the city, the wards with the highest incidence rates of the virus are Gaer (1,455.3), Ringland (1,286.6) and Rogerstone (1,267.9).
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The other areas with more than 1,000 cases per 100,000 are Pye Corner & Graig (1,124.7), Lliswerry & Uskmouth (1,020.1) and Caerleon (1,041).
The data is based on the rolling seven-day average between November 16 and November 22.
This interactive map shows the areas of the city with the highest levels of the virus. You can click on your area to find out more:
What does this data mean?
The data is based on the rolling seven-day average between December 10 and December 16.
It is important to bear in mind that, while it does indicate the infection rate and number of cases in each ward, this data is volatile.
Because it covers such small areas even a small number of cases in an area with a comparatively smaller population can have a significant effect on the infection rate per 100,000.
The current picture in Newport
The above map uses the Office for National Statistics’ (ONS’) middle layer super output areas (MSOAs) as defined by the 2011 boundaries.
Every MSOA across Wales is ranked according to the incidence rate of positive coronavirus cases per 100,000 people – with the highest 10% being ranked as 1, and the lowest 10% ranked as 10.
Four areas within Newport, Gaer, Ringland, Rogerstone and Pye Corner & Graig, rank as 1 – which means they fall within the top 10% of areas across Wales in terms of incidence rate.
Across Newport as a whole, the rate of cases per 100,000 people stands at 911.6, as of Monday.
It has the fifth highest incidence rate of any local authority, behind Merthyr Tydfil (1,269.8), Bridgend (1,145.9 ), Blaenau Gwent (1,013.4) and Neath Port Talbot (992.2).
It has been suggested that the rising rates of coronavirus across south Wales could be down to the new strain of the virus detected last week.
Although as recently as last Monday, only 10 cases had been identified within Wales, by the weekend new analysis suggested this new strain is much more common than previously thought and is present all over the country.
Speaking on Monday, Dr Chris Jones, Wales’ deputy chief medical officer, said: “We believe this new strain could be causing up to 60% of coronavirus infections in Wales.”
He added: “This new variant looks very likely to be the significant driver of the huge growth in cases we’ve seen in Wales in recent weeks.”
At the moment, said Dr Jones, this new variant of the virus is mainly being seen in the south east of England and south Wales, and the way in which the virus is “spreading rapidly” in these areas is similar.
“This new strain appears to be much more infectious than the strain which originated in Wuhan and is more easily transmitted from person to person,” said Dr Jones.
“At this stage, we don’t believe it causes a more serious illness and we do not believe it will affect how the vaccine works. But we will continue to closely monitor this new variant and what the scientific evidence is telling us.”