Covid-19: 77 new cases across Wales

A TOTAL of 77 new coronavirus cases have been confirmed in Wales amid concerns over lack of social distancing.

Public Health Wales figures show that Aneurin Bevan Health Board in South Wales registered 24 of the cases, with concerns over an outbreak in the town of Caerphilly.

North Wales registered eight new cases, with five of these being in Wrexham, with two in Conwy and one in Flintshire .

The region’s total number of confirmed cases now sits at 4,870.

One new suspected coronavirus related death was confirmed in North Wales, taking it’s total of registered deaths to 420.

Wales’ total number of coronavirus cases now stands at 18,283, with 356,662 people having been tested for the virus to date.

Dr Christopher Williams, incident Director for the Novel Coronavirus (Covid-19) outbreak response at Public Health Wales, said: “We are now seeing a steady increase in cases and our investigations show that many of these have been transmitted due to a lack of social distancing.

“This has resulted in the spread of the virus to other groups of people.

“It appears that as lockdown restrictions have eased, people have taken advantage of the greater possibilities for activities, but they seem to have forgotten the importance of social distancing – resulting in possible transmission in the wider community.

“It is clear that the virus spreads more easily in indoor settings, and people should take extra care to socially distance in these cases to keep themselves and their friends and families as safe as possible.

“We continue to appeal to everyone to please remember that, even if you feel that you would not be badly affected by Covid-19 if you were to test positive, should you pass it on to older or more vulnerable family members, friends or colleagues it could be extremely serious and even fatal.

“Coronavirus has not gone away. It remains the responsibility of everyone to help prevent the spread of this virus, that is, by self-isolating when asked to do so, staying two metres away from others, and by washing hands regularly.”

North Wales Chronicle | Anglesey