Live coronavirus updates as health minister Vaughan Gething is to give the Welsh Government briefing


Wales’ health minister Vaughan Gething is to give the Welsh Government coronavirus briefing today (November 23).

Follow along here for live updates. The press conference begins at 12.15pm. It comes after mass testing was rolled out in Wales for the first time over the weekend and as people await news of how Christmas will look this year.

Rapid Covid-19 tests are being offered to the residents and workers in Merthyr Tydfil even if they do not have symptoms, a week after the town registered the highest rate of new cases in the UK.

According to the latest data from Public Health Wales (PHW), the area has a seven-day rolling infection rate of 261.9 cases per 100,000 people.

Dr Chris Williams, incident director for the Covid-19 outbreak response at PHW, said on Sunday: “This mass testing exercise will help to understand how the virus has spread in Merthyr and to break the chains of transmission in the area. Merthyr has one of the highest rates of coronavirus in Wales and this will help to get the virus under control.

“Public Health Wales encourages as many people as possible to come forward to be tested.”

Eleven more people were reported to have died in Wales on Sunday (November 22) after having tested positive for coronavirus.

There were also 808 new confirmed cases of Covid-19 in the country, more than 200 fewer than on the previous day.

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