THERE are 15 new cases of coronavirus in the Cardiff and Vale University Health Board region, according to the latest data from Public Health Wales.

Four of the new cases are in the Vale, with 11 in the capital.

It means there have been 12 cases in the Vale in the last seven days, with 55 cases during that period in Cardiff.

Since Thursday 184 new cases have been confirmed in Wales as a whole, with one death (in the Aneurin Bevan University Health Board area).

Infection rates have risen from 20 per 100,000 people to 35 per 100,000 in the past week.

The most cases have come in Rhondda Cynon Taf, which entered a local lockdown at 6pm yesterday evening. The number of new cases there stands at 45.

Caerphilly and Newport have 18 new cases each.

The news comes after first minister Mark Drakeford said two more areas - Merthyr and Newport - are under "close watch" after Rhondda and Caerphilly entered lockdown.

However, asked about the prospect of a Wales-wide lockdown like the one being considered in England, Mr Drakeford said the picture was varied with cases "going down and not up" in some areas.

He also pledged better testing capacity a day after the Welsh government announced five new mobile testing units across the country in response to delays in testing as a result of issues surrounding UK government led Lighthouse Labs.

Two of these are being deployed in the Aneurin Bevan University Health Board area and the remaining three will be used to support testing in the Cwm Taf Morgannwg Health Board area.