POWYS has seen another rise in coronavirus cases with seven more confirmed in the last 24 hours.

Figures released today by Public Health Wales show the total number of cases found in the county has risen from 407 to 414 since yesterday. The true figure is likely to be higher.

Public Health Wales data 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.

Powys Teaching Health Board has suggested Office for National Statistics (ONS) data to be the most accurate, as it shows deaths where coronavirus may have been present since the epidemic began

The ONS figures are considered the most accurate representation of the spread of the disease in Powys, despite including cases where Covid-19 had not been confirmed in a laboratory, which the official data from Public Health Wales does not cover

Yesterday Wales' Health Minister Vaughan Gething told the County Times that the recent spike in Powys cases is largely around an individual business – identified separately as the town's Sidoli dessert factory.

A 'local lockdown' is not expected to take place in the area however the Welsh Government is reviewing data and information.

"We're doing a lot of testing within that workforce and that's driving the numbers in Powys," Mr Gething said.

"A few extra cases within a concentrated period of time will see those numbers per 100,000 go significantly up.

"But it’s a matter where we are able to isolate matters as a cluster. It’s not in community transmission, that’s in a direct contrast to what we are seeing now in Caerphilly."

Mr Gething added: "I wouldn’t rule out local lockdowns in other parts of the country, but it’s not the Government’s preference to see lots of local lockdowns take place."