THERE were no deaths of people with coronavirus in Powys in the week up to May 22, according to new statistics.

Figures have been released by the Office for National Statistics, showing that Powys recorded no deaths with the disease in the seven days from May 15.

However, the overall number of people to have died has been revised upwards after one more death was recorded in the previous week, taking that week's tally to nine.

The figures for the zero-deaths week are also subject to change as further information is gathered, however.

The total number of people to have died in Powys with confirmed cases of the disease remains at 13 according to Public Health Wales, the ONS figure of 85 is considered more representative of the county's experience.

There has been just one more case of coronavirus confirmed in Powys today (June 2) taking the county's total number of confirmed cases to 286, although again, the true figure is likely to be higher.

Dr Giri Shankar, Incident Director for the Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak response at Public Health Wales, said:

“Contact tracing continues in Wales as part of the Welsh Government’s ‘Test, Trace, Protect’ strategy. Contact tracing is the process of identifying people who have come in contact with an individual with Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19) in order to prevent the risk of others spreading the infection in our communities.

“Anyone who has a positive Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19) test will be contacted by a team of contact tracers, and asked for details of everyone they have had close contact with while they have had symptoms.

“Please keep a note of your activities so you can easily remember your whereabouts on a given day, along with who were in contact with. You do not need to have any concerns about providing names to the tracing team. This is for everyone’s benefit and we are grateful for your continued cooperation.

“If you are asked to self-isolate, you should also comply with this request to prevent further spread of the virus.

“Tracers are trained staff and personal information that you provide will handled in line with data protection regulations and will not be shared widely.

“Over the last few weeks, Public Health Wales has been setting up the methods and guidance for how contact tracing will operate. We will continue to work closely to support local health boards and local authorities in delivering contact tracing."