AN OUTBREAK of Covid at Llandough hospital has contributed to a sharp rise in case data in recent days, the Cardiff and Vale health board has said.

In the seven days up to January 17 101 people caught coronavirus in hospital in Cardiff and the Vale - by far the highest figure in Wales for that week.

The health board has generally reported low numbers of transmission in its hospitals since the start of the pandemic, and this is the highest figure reported so far.

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The health board has confirmed there have been outbreaks in University Hospital Llandough and University Hospital Wales in January, but said the sharp rise can also be attributed to high levels of community transmission.

A spokesman for the health board said: “Since mid-December 2020, Cardiff and Vale University Health Board has experienced instances where patients have developed Covid-19 symptoms whilst early into their admission, leading to onward transmission to other patients on both the UHW and UHL sites.

“Our investigations into the causes have not identified any single cause; however, we feel that the increase is reflective of the increased community transmission observed during this same period.”

In the seven days up to January 22 Llandough and Cogan recorded 21 cases, the same number as Upper Penarth. Lower Penarth and Sully recorded 17 - the same as Dinas, while Barry Island recorded the most cases in the Vale with 28.