THE Vale of Glamorgan has recorded no new coronavirus cases in the last 24 hours, according to the latest figures released by Public Health Wales.

No further deaths caused by the virus have been recorded in Penarth and the surrounding areas since last Wednesday and the total still stands at 14.

On Tuesday, there were no new cases of the virus in the Cardiff and Vale University Health Board for the first time since March 18, the earliest date for which there is data.

Across Wales, another 133 confirmed cases of Covid-19 were reported yesterday and 22 people died.

That brings the total number of cases in Wales to 11,706.

Public Health Wales’ Dr Giri Shankar said: “We have been working hard to increase our testing capacity, and in the last week we have more than doubled our capacity to 5,330 tests a day in Wales. We know there is more to do as demand increases, and we will continue to ramp up this capacity”.

Social care workers are calling for the Welsh Government to mass test residents in care homes where the death toll continues to rise across the country.

Local resident, Hayley Lawrence, has started a petition asking the Welsh Government to increase its testing programme in care homes throughout Wales.

The Welsh Government has said that testing capacity in Wales currently stands at 5,000 a day but it “will be increased to up to 20,000 tests a day” by drawing on a UK-wide scheme.

Yesterday the Health Minister Vaughan Gething announced a new plan to test and trace the spread of the virus.

The plan includes increasing testing of critical workers to enable them to return to work; a new system of home testing for the public if they have coronavirus symptoms; and a new app to track symptoms in the general population and contact others who have symptoms or have tested positive.