A rise in coronavirus cases in recent days in Powys is "worrying", the county council leader has said.

Cllr Rosemarie Harris urged people living in the county to stick to the coronavirus rules to help prevent the spread of the virus.

Although cases are restricted to handfuls in different communities in Powys, they are widespread, she said, adding that everyone in Powys has a personal responsibility in controlling the spread of coronavirus.

“Although cases remain relatively low, the virus is in the county and the upward trend of cases is worrying," Cllr Harris said.

More than 50 cases per 100,000 people had been recorded in the county during the last week, which would take the county into the red.

Powys County Council said it is in regular contact with Powys Teaching Health Council, Public Health Wales and Welsh Government discussing local measures that could be considered for residents and business in the county.

With schools in Powys starting a two-week half-term break next week, Cllr Harris is urging families to enjoy the break safely and do everything they can to slow the spread of the virus,

“The best way to reduce the spread of coronavirus is to limit contact with other people, and this is also the case for children and young people,” Cllr Harris said.

“I know there is a temptation to meet with others especially if we have fine weather, but we must maintain our discipline. The best way to reduce the spread of the virus is to limit contact with others.

“We all have a personal responsibility in controlling the spread of the virus. The situation can change very quickly. A rise in cases of the coronavirus could see local measures being put into place. By observing the latest Welsh Government rules, we can keep Powys safe.”