Powys has seen a surge in coronavirus cases, with secondary school pupils particularly at risk.

Powys Council has been prompted to issue a fresh warning for people to remain "Covid-safe" after a new spike in case numbers.

And figures released alongside the warning show that cases are particularly prevalent among 10 to 19-year-olds.

Another 218 cases were confirmed in the county today, and on a rolling seven-day basis the county has a case rate of 531.6 cases per 100,000 residents.

But figures from the council show that the rate among those aged between 10 and 19 stands at 1,970 cases per 100,000 residents.

That compares with 218 for those between 20 and 29, 459 for those in their 30s, and 517 for those in their 40s.

The age group with the next highest case rate is under-10s, whose case rate now stands at 837 per 100,000 people.

Case numbers show a decline in older age groups, and have seen an overall fall since the back end of August.

Perhaps unsurprisingly, the number of cases among schoolchildren increased rapidly after schools went back, and stood at 416 per 100,000 residents in mid August.

A spokesman for Powys County Council said: "Parents and guardians are being urged that if a child has a high temperature, a new continuous cough, or a loss or change to their sense of smell or taste, they ensure that they isolate immediately and get a PCR test.

"In addition, twice weekly LFD testing is strongly encouraged for all secondary school age learners to help identify and isolate asymptomatic cases as soon as possible.

"The huge increase in case numbers is also having an impact on the county’s dedicated contact tracing team which is being stretched by the volume of cases. It has asked residents to be patient warning that calls may be delayed but that the team is working hard to reach contacts."