More than 4,300 coronavirus cases reported across North Wales to date, health chiefs confirm

MORE than 4,300 cases of coronavirus have now been reported in North Wales, health chiefs have said.

Public Health Wales (PHW) confirmed on Tuesday that 21 new cases have been reported across Wales.

The total number of cases reported in the Betsi Cadwaladr University Health Board area is now 4,329 with 1,172 in Wrexham, 767 in Denbighshire, 697 in Conwy, 664 in Flintshire, 577 in Gwynedd and 452 on Anglesey.

According to PHW the total number of deaths of north Wales hospitalised patients and care home residents where covid-19 was confirmed with a positive laboratory test stands at 373.

Office for National Statistics data from the week commencing January 1 up to the week commencing June 26 shows the number of death registered in north Wales where Covid-19 is mentioned on the death certificate is 490.

Dr Giri Shankar, Incident Director for the Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak response at Public Health Wales, said: “Public Health Wales’ user-friendly data dashboard takes information from a range of different sources.

The total number of positive cases now includes those reported from non-NHS Wales laboratories, which are subject to ongoing de-duplication, refinement and reconciliation.

“This may result in fluctuation of the total positive cases as this process takes place.”

Speaking of ongoing incidents, Dr Shankar continued: “The outbreak associated with the workforce at the Rowan Foods plant in Wrexham remains active, although the number of reported cases has slowed considerably.

“The total number of positive cases associated with this outbreak is 305 and more updates will be issued in the coming days.

“The picture emerging from the 2 Sisters factory in Llangefni continues to improve.

“The total number of positive cases associated with the outbreak is now 221, which is to be expected when any focused testing process is put in place and is not a cause for concern.

“The Food Standards Agency advise that it is very unlikely that you can catch coronavirus from food.

“Coronavirus is a respiratory illness. It is not known to be transmitted by exposure to food or food packaging.”

North Wales Chronicle | Anglesey