FIVE new cases of coronavirus have been confirmed in Powys.

Figures released today by Public Health Wales show the total number of cases found in the county has risen from 417 to 422 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.

First Minister of Wales Mark Drakeford has confirmed changes to the rules on meeting people indoors to help prevent the spread of the virus.

The changes come as parts of Wales have seen an increase in cases of the virus linked to people meeting and socialising with others indoors but without social distancing.

From Monday, September 14, a new limit of six people will be introduced on the number of people who can meet indoors at any one time.

All six must belong to the same extended household group.