THERE have been no new confirmed coronavirus cases recorded in Powys.

Public Health Wales data released on Monday, June 29, shows there have been no new cases reported in the county, meaning the total number of people who have tested positive for the virus remains at 300.

The number of deaths recorded by Public Health Wales for the county remains at 15, although the true figures for confirmed cases and deaths is likely to be higher.

Powys Teaching Health Board has suggested that the Office for National Statistics (ONS) data is more accurate, and that shows 90 deaths where coronavirus may have been present since the epidemic began.

Public Health Wales figures relate to cases where coronavirus has been confirmed, and only include people who have died in hospital settings in Wales.

As such, this excludes people who have died in hospitals in England, those who have passed away in care homes, and those who died without having been tested to confirm the presence of coronavirus.

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

“Public Health Wales welcomes the reopening of the majority of schools across Wales, to enable pupils and staff to check in and catch up before the autumn term starts in September.

“Public Health Wales continues to work with multi-agency partners regarding the cluster of cases at Kepak Merthyr.

“People who have tested positive for Coronavirus over the weekend and their household contacts have been instructed to self-isolate, and any risk to the wider community is being controlled.

“There are no plans to take any wider public health action, such as school or workplace closures, and no outbreak has been declared.

“Coronavirus testing at the facility over the weekend has identified 101 confirmed cases out of the 810 people that were tested on Saturday. This brings the total number of cases identified at the site since April to 130.

“Public Health Wales continues to work with multi-agency partners to respond to ongoing outbreaks in Rowan Foods in Wrexham and 2 Sisters in Llangefni.

“It is timely to remind everyone that we all have a vital role in preventing the spread of Coronavirus by always sticking to social distancing guidelines – that’s staying two metres away from others and washing hands regularly.

“Public Health Wales welcomes the relaxation of lockdown measures, but reminds the public that we are not yet back to business as usual.

“We would urge members of the public to continue to stay local and avoid visiting locations, such as beaches, where proper social distancing is impossible to achieve.