CARMARTHENSHIRE has some of the lowest numbers of young people in Wales who have not yet received the Covid booster jab, new figures released today have revealed.

A poll conducted by BBC Wales shows that 13.8 per cent of 18-29 year-olds in the county have received the booster jab as cases of the Omicron variant continue to spiral.

This figure is below the Welsh average of 14.6 per cent.

Figures for Ceredigion (10.6 per cent) are the second lowest, while no Pembrokeshire data was made available.

Monmouthshire – with 26.6 per cent - has the highest number of 18-29 year-olds who have received the booster.

The news comes after the days before Christmas saw a steep increase in Covid cases in Wales.

There were 12,378 cases and three deaths with Covid in the 48 hours up to 26 December, Public Health Wales said.

However Dr Giri Shankar warned it was still too early to see the full impact on case rates of people mixing with family and friends on Christmas Day.

Wales' case rate has risen to 1,004 cases per 100,000 - the highest recorded.

The Welsh government said the rise was largely due to the Omicron variant spreading among young people mixing before Christmas.