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New North Wales coronavirus figures released as death toll increases – North Wales Live

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New figures show six more coronavirus-related deaths have been recorded in North Wales.

A total of 636 deaths have now been registered for the Betsi Cadwaladr University Health Board area that covers North Wales.

The latest Public Health Wales statistics show that, across Wales as a whole, a further 54 suspected Covid-19 deaths have been reported – taking the national death toll to 4,117 since the pandemic began.

In North Wales, 499 new cases of the virus have also today been reported.

Wrexham reported the largest share with 202 cases, while Flintshire was second with 147.

The increase here today takes the overall number of cases in our area above the 25,000 barrier to 25,196.

In Wales as a whole, 1,644 new cases have been reported today, Thursday, January 14.

That takes the total case-load since the virus first arrived to 176,056.

Meanwhile, the number of people tested in Wales now stands at 1,402,669, while the number of people who have received the first dose of the vaccine is 112,973.

Just 121 people have so far had both jabs.

Here is the full list of coronavirus cases across Wales on January 14:

Betsi Cadwaladr: 499 new cases – total 25,196

Anglesey: 25 new cases – total 1,390

Conwy: 38 new cases – total 2,672

Denbighshire: 60 new cases – total 3,319

Flintshire: 147 new cases – total 6,932

Gwynedd: 27 new cases – total 2,078

Wrexham: 202 new cases – total 8,805

For the rest of the country

Aneurin Bevan: 285 new cases – total 35,556

Cardiff and Vale: 263 new cases – total 28,311

Cwm Taf: 178 new cases – total 36,423

Hywel Dda: 134 new cases – total 12,988

Powys: 42 new cases – total 2,969

Swansea Bay: 115 new cases – total 25,531

Unknown location: 16 new cases – total 1,529

Total: 1,644 new cases – total  176,056

Dr Eleri Davies, incident director for the Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak response at Public Health Wales, said: “The number of positive coronavirus cases remains extremely high in Wales and is cause for serious concern, due to the impact on NHS Wales services.

“All of Wales remains in lockdown. We ask that the public adopts the same mindset for this lockdown as they did in March 2020. We understand that people are fatigued but because the new, more infectious variant of coronavirus is circulating across Wales it is vital that we all keep to the lockdown restrictions and not meet other people.

“This means stay at home. If exercising outdoors, please do this alone or with members of your household or support bubble only. Shop online, but if you do need to visit essential retail then do this alone, if possible, to minimise numbers of people in retail spaces, and avoid stopping to chat with people outside your household. If you must leave home keep your distance, wash your hands regularly, and wear a face mask when required according to the regulations.

“Public Health Wales urges everyone to follow the rules, to avoid transmission of coronavirus and to protect everyone in our communities, including the most vulnerable.

“Public Health Wales is working with UK partners to investigate and respond to the new variant of coronavirus identified in Wales. The new variant is easier to spread and the public should remain highly vigilant in measures to prevent transmission including maintaining social distancing, regularly hand-washing and wearing of face coverings. Though the new variant is more infectious, there is no evidence that it leads to more severe disease.

“The roll-out of the Pfizer BioNTech and AstraZeneca Coronavirus vaccines continues in Wales with the recently Medicines and Healthcare products Regulatory Agency (MHRA) approved Moderna vaccine to be incorporated into the programme soon.

“Daily vaccination data will be published on the Public Health Wales dashboard. The headline summary will include daily cumulative numbers of individuals who have received a first and second vaccination dose. Public Health Wales is working closely with the Welsh Government as they deploy coronavirus vaccinations through local health boards. Welsh Government is leading on the deployment of the vaccine in Wales.

“Today, Public Health Wales is producing Welsh Government’s latest detailed weekly report on the vaccination data, which will be hosted on the ‘vaccination’ tab of our data dashboard.

“Due to the time lag in producing this data, there will be a discrepancy between this report and the daily numbers on the ‘headline summary’ tab.

“Vaccinating the adult population of Wales, to protect people from severe disease, is a significant task, and the vaccine will take time to reach everyone. The effects of the vaccines may not be seen nationally for some time, and we must continue to follow the advice on keeping Wales safe.

“The Joint Committee on Vaccination and Immunisation (JCVI) has issued a short statement outlining the case for optimising the existing vaccine programme within the UK to achieve maximum short term impact. The JCVI advises initially prioritising delivery of the first vaccine dose as this is highly likely to have a greater public health impact in the short term and reduce the number of preventable deaths from Covid-19.

“Given the data available, and evidence from the use of many other vaccines, Public Health Wales fully supports the JCVI advice to increase a maximum interval between the first and second doses of 12 weeks for both Pfizer BioNTech and AstraZeneca vaccines.

“Members of the public should not phone their GP, pharmacy or hospital asking when they will get a vaccine. When someone is in one of the groups eligible for the vaccine, they will be invited to attend a dedicated clinic which will have been set up to ensure patient safety and that of the healthcare professionals.

“If you or a member of your household develop a cough, fever or change in sense of taste or smell, you must self-isolate immediately and book a free coronavirus test, either by calling 119 or by clicking here.

“If you are due to travel out of the UK, please be aware of the changing situation and keep an eye on the FCO website for up-to-date details.