Another new case of coronavirus has been confirmed in Powys – one of more than 100 across Wales.

The total number of confirmed cases in the country now stands at 1,563 after 112 more were confirmed today – although the true figure is likely to be much higher because of the lack of community testing.

Seven more people have also died in Wales, taking the total so far to 69.

In Powys, the total number of cases now stands at 23. There have been no deaths confirmed in the county by the official authorities.

Dr Giri Shankar, incident director for the Novel Coronavirus outbreak response at Public Health Wales, said that the fall in the number of new cases since yesterday did not necessarily indicate a downwards trend.

“It should be noted that while today’s number of cases is lower than numbers previously reported, this should not automatically be considered a trend as case numbers can be subject to daily fluctuation," Dr Shankar said.

“Seven further deaths have been reported to us of people who had tested positive for Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19), taking the number of deaths in Wales to 69.

“Covid 19 is now circulating in every part of Wales. The single most important action we can all take in fighting coronavirus is to stay at home in order to protect the NHS, and save lives."

Community testing in Wales is set to increase in the weeks to come, and on Sunday Health Minister Vaughan Gething said that within two or three weeks there could be 5,000 tests a day being conducted.