A further 28 people have died with coronavirus in Wales and more than 1,200 new positive cases have been confirmed.

Latest statistics released by Public Health Wales (PHW) on Thursday show 1,251 new confirmed cases of Covid-19 in Wales – a significant rise on the 907 recorded on Tuesday.

There were also 28 new confirmed Covid deaths, which was down from the 41 announced 24 hours earlier by the NHS trust.

Some 75,986 people have tested positive for coronavirus in Wales since the outbreak began while 2,474 people have died.

The infection rate across Wales as a whole now stands at 189.4 per 100,000 population based on the seven days up to November 23, up from 188.2 in the data released on Wednesday (up to November 22).

Blaenau Gwent remains the county in Wales with the highest infection rate with a seven-day rate of 405.1, down from 415.1 the previous day.

Torfaen is the second highest with a rate of 333.1, up from 315, while Newport is third with 298.7, up from 283.2.

In terms of new cases confirmed on Thursday the areas with the highest number are Cardiff with 155, Swansea with 135, Rhondda Cynon Taf with 115, and Caerphilly and Neath Port Talbot with 107 each.

Other areas with high new case rates are Newport with 84, Torefaen with 65, Carmarthenshire with 64, Blaenau Gwent with 59, Bridgend with 46, Wrexham with 44, Monmouthshire with 36, Merthyr Tydfil with 34, Flintshire and Vale of Glamorgan with 27, Powys with 24, Pembrokeshire with 21, Ceredigion with 15, Anglesey with 11, and Gwynedd with 10.

Counties with fewer than 10 new confirmed cases according to Thursday's statistics are Denbighshire with nine and Conwy with four.

Cases per 100,000 for rolling seven days (Nov 17-23)

Aneurin Bevan University Health Board

Blaenau Gwent: 405.1 (down from 415.1)

Caerphilly: 266.7 (down from 268.9)

Monmouthshire: 160.7 (up from 145.9)

Newport: 289.7 (up from 283.2)

Torfaen: 333.1 (up from 315)

Betsi Cadwaladr University Health Board

Anglesey: 41.4 (up from 31.4)

Conwy: 28.2 (down from 29)

Denbighshire: 88.8 (up from 86.7)

Flintshire: 119.2 (down from 132.6)

Gwynedd: 23.3 (down from 24.1)

Wrexham: 146.4 (down from 147.8)

Cardiff and Vale University Health Board

Cardiff: 170.9 (down from 176.9)

Vale of Glamorgan: 146.7 (down from 152.7)

Cwm Taf Morgannwg University Health Board

Bridgend: 213.5 (down from 216.9)

Merthyr Tydfil: 255.3 (up from 245.3)

Rhondda Cynon Taf: 264 (down from 265.7)

Hywel Dda University Health Board

Carmarthenshire: 208.2 (up from 202.9)

Ceredigion: 132.1 (up from 121.1)

Pembrokeshire: 81.9 (up from 70.7)

Powys Teaching Health Board

Powys: 82.3 (down from 83.1)

Swansea Bay University Health Board

Neath Port Talbot: 294.5 (up from 287.5)

Swansea: 240.9 (up from 240.5)

Wales total - 189.4 (up from 188.2)

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It was revealed on Tuesday that three households will be allowed to form a bubble over Christmas from December 23 to December 27. The rules are here.

But First Minister Mark Drakeford has warned that cases in many parts of Wales are starting to rise again after dropping following the two-week fire-break that ended on November 9.

Speaking to BBC Radio Wales on Tuesday, he said: "We had a successful fire-break period and it delivered what we hoped it would, but over the last three or four days we have begun to see some of those gains being frayed away, and we have seen rises in coronavirus in many parts of Wales, particularly in people aged under 25."

He added: "In the lead-up to Christmas, we have to ask people in Wales to think very carefully about the way in which they go about their daily lives."

Similarly, health minister Vaughan Gething said coronavirus rates are "a real cause for concern" in the Gwent area of Wales in particular.

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Dr Robin Howe, incident director for the novel coronavirus outbreak response at Public Health Wales, said: “Public Health Wales notes the decision of the four nations of the UK regarding the relaxation of restrictions over the Christmas period, enabling up to three households to meet.

“The festive period is important for people across Wales who want to be with loved ones during the holidays, particularly after a very difficult year, but we would remind everyone that we must each continue to take personal responsibility to limit the spread of the virus and protect our loved ones, particularly if they are vulnerable or extremely vulnerable. For many, this will mean that it isn’t possible to celebrate Christmas in the way you normally would."

He added: “Public Health Wales is encouraging everyone who lives, works or studies in Merthyr Tydfil to attend the mass testing service at the leisure centre as soon as they can even if they do not have symptoms.

“Thank you to those who have already attended and undertaken a test, as this will help us to break the chains of transmission in the area. However, in order for the exercise to be as successful as possible then we need as many people in the area as possible to be tested.

“For more information about the testing exercise, visit the MTCBC website.

“Anyone aged 11-plus without any symptoms can have a test, but children under 18 will need parental consent. The more people who get tested, the more chances we have to reduce the spread of the virus.

“People with symptoms should also get tested but need to book a test either by calling 119 or by clicking here."

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