ONLY five local authorities in Wales now have a coronavirus case rate lower than in Torfaen.

Following just four cases being reported in the local authority over the past seven days, Torfaen’s rolling seven-day case rate, up to May 27 - the latest available Public Health Wales figures - has fallen to 4.3 per 100,000.

Last week - up to May 20 - this figure was 7.4 per 100,000 people.

Anglesey (1.4) has the lowest case rate in Wales, while Rhondda Cynon Taf (2.5), Ceredigion (2.8), Merthyr Tydfil (3.3) and Caerphilly (3.9) all have lower rates than Torfaen.

Blaenau Gwent now has an equal case rate to Torfaen after recording three new cases over the past week.

Newport, which only last week had the highest case rate in Wales, has brought that figure down to 6.5 per 100,000 people - the twelfth lowest in Wales.

Monmouthshire has the highest rate in Gwent (9.5), with only Bridgend (21.8), Conwy (17.9), Neath Port Talbot (14.7), Wrexham (14) and Gwynedd (9.6) recording higher rates.

With the case numbers so low, even a small number of cases can dramatically impact an area’s case rate.

Ahead of this week’s review of the restrictions, the Wales-wide case rate currently stands at 8 per 100,000 people.

A total of 33 cases have been recorded in Gwent in the week up to May 27, with 10 of these in Newport.

Across Wales, 253 cases have been recorded in that same timeframe.

These come from 5,464 tests being conducted across Gwent, and 28,042 tests across the whole of Wales.

Torfaen’s test positivity rate of 0.4 per cent is bettered only by Anglesey (0.2 per cent) and Rhondda Cynon Taf (0.3 per cent).

Blaenau Gwent, Merthyr Tydfil and Ceredigion also recorded test positivity rates of 0.4 per cent.

Across Wales, 2,147,274 people have now received their first vaccine dose. Of these, 1,118,396 people have also had their second jab.