The number of people with coronavirus in Ceredigion is much higher than previously thought, a new study has suggested.
Research from the Covid-19 Symptom Study suggests that there are 78 people in Ceredigion that currently have the virus and are showing symptoms – or 1,088 per million people.
This is in direct contrast to the numbers from Public Health Wales, who have only recorded 59 cases in total since the start of the pandemic.
And as many people who have the virus never show any symptoms, the actual figure is expected to be even higher.
According to the study, Ceredigion is actually in the top-half worst hit counties in Wales.
And again, in direct contrast to figures from Public Health Wales, the study claims that Gwynedd and Pembrokeshire are the counties with the highest number of people that currently have the virus, with 1,407 and 1,346 people per million with the virus respectively.
Wales currently has one of the highest rates of symptomatic coronavirus patients in the whole of the UK. Only the west-Midlands have also recorded such high numbers.
Other hard hit areas in the country include Neath Port Talbot, with an estimated 1,315 people per million with the virus, and Swansea, with 1,180 per million people.
What is the Covid-19 Symptom study?
The study comes from data gathered from an app developed by health science company ZOE, and has been endorsed by the Welsh Government, as well as NHS Wales, according to a statement on their site.
The Covid-19 Symptom Study app has been downloaded by nearly 4 million people, which the company claims is the largest public science project of its kind in the world.
You can download the app by following the links on their site.
Numbers gathered from the app are then analysed in collaboration with researchers from King’s College London.
Reports are then scrutinized alongside algorithms to help predict the virus, and further track Covid infections across the UK.
Wales is one of the hardest hit in UK
According to the updated numbers, Wales is one of the hardest hit areas in the whole of the UK.
Not a single county in Wales has less than 600 cases of people with symptomatic coronavirus per million.
The estimated number of people that currently have the virus per million people for each county are as follows:
Isle of Anglesey: 1125
Neath Port Talbot: 1315
Blaenau Gwent: 1090
Merthyr Tydfil: 1086
Rhondda Cynon Taf: 764