Latest figures reveal more than half of reported coronavirus infections were in North Wales

PUBLIC health figures reveal the latest number of coronavirus infections across the country came from North Wales.

Public Health Wales (PHW) confirmed on Sunday, July 19, that 17 new cases have been reported across the North Wales region – covered by the Betsi Cadwaladr University Health Board (BCUHB).

Of this 17 it includes 11 cases in Wrexham, four in Flintshire, one in Denbighshire and one in Conwy. This means no cases were identified on Anglesey or in Gwynedd.

Wrexham remains as the highest affected county in North Wales with 1,208 positive cases to date.

This is compared to 772 in Denbighshire, 708 in Conwy, 676 in Flintshire, 586 in Gwynedd and 454 on Anglesey.

BCUHB reported no additional coronavirus-related deaths to date, meaning the current total remains at 374 – still the highest total across all Welsh health boards according to PHW records.

The headline data across Wales shows that one new report of a person that has died as a result of the virus was been reported to date as of July 19.

Presently, there have been 16,928 positive test results for COVID-19, of which 31 were newly reported on Sunday.

Dr Chris Williams, incident director for the Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak response at Public Health Wales, said: “We continue to caution and remind the public and business-owners that we all have a vital role in preventing the spread of Coronavirus by always sticking to social distancing guidelines – staying two metres away from others, and washing hands regularly. When travelling you should also avoid car sharing with people outside your household.

“Anyone with suspected symptoms of COVID-19 infection – a high temperature, a new, continuous cough, or a loss of smell or taste (anosmia) – must self-isolate and seek an urgent test.

“Confirmed cases must isolate for seven days, with members of their household isolating for 14 days until the risk of passing on further infection has gone. Combined these simple but effective actions will ensure the virus does not spread.”

North Wales Chronicle | Anglesey