Public health data shows seven confirmed cases of coronavirus reported 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 Saturday, July 17, that seven new cases have been reported across the North Wales region – covered by the Betsi Cadwaladr University Health Board (BCUHB).

Of this seven it includes four in Flintshire, two in Denbighshire and one in Wrexham.

This means no new cases were confirmed on Anglesey or in the Conwy or Gwynedd area.

Wrexham remains as the highest affected county in North Wales with 1,197 positive cases to date.

This is compared to 771 in Denbighshire, 707 in Conwy, 672 in Flintshire, 586 in Gwynedd and 454 on Anglesey.

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

The headline data across Wales shows that no new reports of people that have died as a result of the virus have been reported to date as of July 18.

To date, there have been 16,897 positive test results for COVID-19, of which 10 were newly reported on Saturday.

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.”

In the statement, Public Health Wales officials confirm that no new cases of coronavirus have been linked to the outbreaks in North Wales – at 2Sisters on Anglesey and Rowan Foods in Wrexham.

Dr Williams adds: “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

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