SEVEN new cases of coronavirus were found across the Hywel Dda Health Board area on Saturday, according to the figures released on Sunday, September 6 from Public Health Wales (PHW).

Six new cases were found in Carmarthenshire and one in Pembrokeshire.

No new cases were found in Ceredigion.

In total, the Hywel Dda area has had 1,260 cases - 855 in Carmarthenshire, Pembrokeshire 322 and Ceredigion 83.

Across Wales, 98 new cases of the virus were found on Saturday, bringing the total to 18,381.

No new deaths were reported to PHW. Hywel Dda has seen 68 deaths due to the virus to date.

Dr Giri Shankar, incident director for the Novel Coronavirus (Covid-19) outbreak response at Public Health Wales, said: “We are now seeing a steady increase in cases and our investigations show that many of these have been transmitted due to a lack of social distancing.

“This has resulted in the spread of the virus to other groups of people."

Dr Shankar added: “We continue to appeal to everyone to please remember that, even if you feel that you would not be badly affected by Covid-19 if you were to test positive, should you pass it on to older or more vulnerable family members, friends or colleagues it could be extremely serious and even fatal.

“Coronavirus has not gone away. It remains the responsibility of everyone to help prevent the spread of this virus – that is, by self-isolating when asked to do so, staying two metres away from others, and by washing hands regularly.”