A further nine people have died with coronavirus in Wales according to the latest figures from Public Health Wales.

There were also 1,963 new positive cases recorded in the latest update bringing the total number since the pandemic began to 502,991.

The latest seven-day infection rate across Wales, based on the cases for every 100,000 people (for the seven days up to November 22) now stands at 491.4 – a drop from the 494.4 reported on Friday.

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The local authority with the highest infection rate in Wales remains Gwynedd with 882.3 cases per 100,000 population over seven days followed by Vale of Glamorgan with 652.8 and Anglesey with 579.6.

The test positivity rate across Wales is at 17.6%, a fall from 17.8% reported on Friday.

The areas of the country recording the highest numbers of new Covid cases in the latest 24-hour period are Cardiff with 213, Gwynedd with 135, Flintshire with 132, RCT with 128, Swansea with 119 and Vale of Glamorgan with 116.

Meanwhile Wrexham had 109, Caerphilly had 103, Newport had 91, Powys and Carmarthenshire had 84 each and Pembrokeshire had 81.

The local authorities with the lowest number of cases were Anglesey with 68, Conwy with 62, Torfaen and Denbighshire with 61 each, Bridgend with 59, Monmouthshire with 52, Neath Port Talbot with 50, Blaenau Gwent with 39, Merthyr Tyfil with 24 and Ceredigion 14.

As of November 25 there were 589 people in general and acute hospital beds with coronavirus (confirmed, suspected, and recovering), a rise on the 587 reported on November 24. There were 52 people in a ventilated intensive care bed with Covid-19 on November 23, a fall on the 54 reported the day before.

The latest data showed that 2,465,943 people had received one dose of the coronavirus vaccine and 2,260,662 had been given both doses.

To date 781,025 people have received their Covid booster vaccine according to PHW, including more than three-quarters of care home residents (80.2%) and over 80s (78.8%), over two-thirds of healthcare workers (71.9%) and over half of all care home workers (62.2%).

The ongoing pandemic has been very challenging for almost everyone and unsurprisingly it's led to some people seeing an impact on their mental health and wellbeing.

The Samaritans has put together a series of tips for taking care of your mental health at the moment, with their experts suggesting the following strategies:

There's help available if you need it

Mind Cymru infoline is open Monday to Friday from 9am to 6pm. To contact them call 0300 123 3393.

Samaritans offers a listening service which is open 24 hours a day, on 116 123 (in the UK and Republic of Ireland this number is FREE to call and will not appear on your phone bill).

C.A.L.L. (Community Advice & Listening Line) offers emotional support and information/literature on mental health and related matters to the people of Wales and can be contacted on 0800 132 737 or through the website.

The NHS offers help and advice through its 111 service.

Uptake of the first vaccine dose by priority group (according to PHW):

Uptake of the second vaccine dose by priority group (according to PHW):

Uptake of booster vaccines (according to PHW)

Infection rate for every 100,000 people in each area for the seven days up to November 22:

Aneurin Bevan University Health Board

Blaenau Gwent: 405.1 (down from 416.5)

Newport: 431.9 (up from 430.6)

Caerphilly: 446.2 (down from 446.8)

Torfaen: 480.0 (up from 476.8)

Monmouthshire: 566.7 (down from 567.7)

Betsi Cadwaladr University Health Board

Conwy: 403.6 (up from567.7)

Anglesey: 579.6 (up from 504)

Gwynedd: 882.3 (no change)

Denbighshire: 483.8 (no change)

Flintshire: 499.7 (up from 486.2)

Wrexham: 549.4 (down from 556.8)

Cardiff and Vale University Health Board

Cardiff: 500.9 (down from 502.9)

Vale of Glamorgan: 652.8 (down from 656.5)

Cwm Taf Morgannwg University Health Board

Merthyr Tydfil: 507.2 (down from 528.8)

Rhondda Cynon Taf: 420.7 (down from 435.2)

Bridgend: 435.2 (down from 453.9)

Hywel Dda University Health Board

Carmarthenshire: 496.9 (up from 487.9)

Pembrokeshire: 550.0 (down from 551.6)

Ceredigion: 242.1 (down from 268.2)

Powys Teaching Health Board

Powys: 447.8 (down from 453.1)

Swansea Bay University Health Board

Neath Port Talbot: 434.7 (down from 448.7)

Swansea: 416.2 (down from 443.7)

Wales total: 491.4 (down from 494.4)

The Welsh Government has announced changes to its Covid rules in response to the new coronavirus variant designated as "of concern" by the World Health Organisation.

Coronavirus regulations in Wales will be strengthened following the emergence of the new Omicron variant in England, prompting the UK Government to hold a press conference on Saturday afternoon.

Welsh Government confirmed on Saturday evening that it will introduce travel restrictions in line with those announced by the UK Government earlier in the day.

This means that anyone who enters Wales from abroad must take a PCR test by the end of the second day after their arrival, and must self-isolate until they have a negative result.

PCR tests have not been required for travellers entering Wales since October 31, following the measures introduced in England a week before. The Welsh Government had previously raised concerns with the UK Government about the removal of PCR test requirements for travellers, with First Minister Mark Drakeford saying that he had "consistently urged" the UK Government to take a more precautionary approach.

Speaking on Saturday, a Welsh Government spokesperson said: “We have repeatedly raised our concerns with the UK Government about its decision to relax international travel rules quickly, precisely because of the risk of introducing new variants into the UK.

"We also warned against the removal of PCR tests for returning travellers.

“We will be introducing the same measures on international travel as those announced this afternoon by the UK Government and the other devolved governments.

“Welsh Ministers will continue to meet this evening and over the weekend to monitor the situation in Wales and decide whether any further immediate action is required to protect public health.”

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