Another 60 positive tests for Covid-19 have been recorded in North Wales – as one area has the highest infection rate in Wales.
Figures from Public Health Wales released on Wednesday (February 24) show the death toll for the region stands at 867, an increase of six.
A total of 32,524 cases of Covid have been reported in the area covered by Betsi Cadwaladr University Health Board since the start of the pandemic.
The health board, which accounts for 22 per cent of Wales’ population, is the largest in the country.
Yesterday, Public Health Wales said four additional cases of the South African variant of coronavirus had been discovered in Wales since a previous update on February 17 – bringing the total number to 21.
One – with no known links to contacts or travel – was in Flintshire, with a second in Conwy.
Meanwhile Flintshire has overtaken Anglesey as the local authority with the highest seven-day infection rate in Wales.
Across Wales, another 236 positive tests have been reported, taking the overall total of cases so far to 202,560.
The infection rate across Wales is 75.7 per 100,000 population, based on the seven days up to February 19, a decrease from 78.9 on Tuesday.
Flintshire now has the highest highest infection rate in Wales with a seven-day rate of 103.1 cases per 100,000 population.
Anglesey has the second highest infection rate in Wales with a seven-day rate of 102.8 cases per 100,000 population, down from 114.2 the day before.
The nationwide death toll now stands at 5,263 following another 13 fatalities.
A further 5,782 tests have been completed in Wales since yesterday, meaning that 2,666,311 tests have been carried out nationally.
The latest data also shows that 878,506 people have now received a first dose of the coronavirus vaccine. Meanwhile, 59,279 people have now received both doses of the vaccine.
Here is the latest full list of coronavirus cases reported across North Wales:
Betsi Cadwaladr: 60 new cases – total 32,524
Anglesey: 4 new cases – total 1,935
Conwy: 10 new cases – total 3,476
Denbighshire: 10 new cases – total 4,116
Flintshire: 18 new cases – total 9,054
Gwynedd: 7 new cases – total 2,879
Wrexham: 11 new cases – total 11,064
For the rest of the country
Aneurin Bevan: 47 new cases – total 39,966
Cardiff and Vale: 48 new cases – total 32,284
Cwm Taf: 29 new cases – total 39,632
Hywel Dda: 12 new cases 15,377
Powys: 7 new cases – total 3,901
Swansea Bay: 22 new cases – total 27,898
Unknown location: 3 new cases – total 1,817
Dr Robin Howe, Incident Director for the Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak response at Public Health Wales, said: “Yesterday Public Health Wales confirmed four additional cases of the South African variant of Coronavirus in Wales since the previous update on February 17, bringing the total number to 21.
“We have identified a single case of the South African variant as part of routine genomic sequencing in the Flintshire local authority area with no known link to relevant contacts or travel history. The individual was self-isolating while symptomatic, and there is no evidence of wider community transmission. An investigation is ongoing.
“We have identified an additional positive case of the South African variant in the Conwy local authority area. The case has a travel history, and the investigation is ongoing.
“We have identified two additional positive cases in West Wales with a link to relevant contacts. These cases are linked with the travel associated cases we confirmed on February 17 in West Wales.
“There remains no evidence of sustained community transmission of the South African variant in Wales. Anyone who is a contact of theses case will be contacted through the Test, Trace, Protect process and provided with additional advice for themselves, their household and other contacts.
“There is no evidence that the South African variant causes more serious illness, although there is some evidence that it can spread more easily, and that vaccines – although still effective – may not work quite as well against it. Because of the emergence of new more transmissible variants, it is even more vital that we all keep to the lockdown restrictions and do not meet other people.
“This means that you must stay at home. If you must leave home keep your distance, wash your hands regularly, and wear a face mask when required according to the regulations.
“Coronavirus rates have fallen in every part of Wales, but remain higher in some parts. We remind the public that we remain under level 4 restrictions to keep infection rates falling.
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“Please stay at home, meet only the people you live with, work from home if you can, wear a face covering where required, wash your hands regularly, and stay two metres from anyone you do not live with.
“As primary school children aged three to seven years in foundation phase returned to face-to-face learning this week, we thank parents for their perseverance during the winter.
“We need your continued support to control the spread of coronavirus, so please do not send your child to school if they are unwell, even if you are not sure if they have coronavirus. Please continue to work from home if at all possible.
“When you take your child to school, always keep your distance from other parents, wear a face covering, and don’t stay around and chat. Please don’t invite other children or their parents to your home to play or stay, even outdoors, and even if they are in the same bubble at school.
“Make sure your child understands the importance of washing their hands regularly.
“The Welsh Government has also confirmed that from Saturday, February 20, four people from two different households are able to meet outdoors for socially distanced local exercise. Please remember this is solely for the purpose of exercise and that individuals should remain at a social distance, and that this guidance doesn’t apply to private gardens.
“From March 1, the law will be changed to allow licensed wedding venues, such as visitor attractions and hotels, to re-open but only to perform wedding and civil partnership ceremonies.
“Restrictions on UK and international travel remain in place. More information on current travel guidance is available on the Welsh Government website.
“More than 850,000 people have now received a first does of the safe and effective Ccoronavirus vaccine. We encourage everyone, whatever their background, socio-demographic and ethnicity, to have the vaccine when they are offered it. We also stress the importance of seeking information from a trusted source such as Public Health Wales, the Welsh Government, local health board or GP.
“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 visiting www.gov.wales/getting-tested-coronavirus-covid-19.”
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