290 new cases of covid-19 have been reported across North Wales, health chiefs have said.
Public Health Wales announced on Saturday afternoon that 1,079 new cases of the virus have been reported across Wales, in addition to a further 27 deaths.
Of the 290 new cases in the Betsi Cadwaladr University Health Board area, there were:
- 126 in Wrexham
- 72 in Flintshire
- 36 in Denbighshire
- 24 in Conwy
- 20 in Gwynedd
- 12 on Anglesey
The total number of suspected covid-19 deaths in lab confirmed cases for the Betsi Cadwaladr University Health Board area now stands at 690.
Dr Chris Willaims, incident director for the Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak response at Public Health Wales, said: “Public Health Wales is working with Public Health England and other UK partners to monitor the impact and spread of the UK variant, and to detect and monitor other virus variants.
“As reported yesterday, there is evidence which suggests that the UK variant of concern may lead to a higher risk of death than the non-variant.
“We continue to investigate and respond to the spread of the variant and its impact in Wales. Evidence is still emerging and more work is underway to fully understand how it behaves.
“It is important to remember that all current variants of COVID-19 are still spreading and can cause severe illness and death.
“Therefore it is important to stay at home, and to reduce opportunities for spread by keeping your distance, washing hands regularly, and covering your face.
“All of Wales remains in lockdown. We ask that the public adopts the same mindset for this lockdown as they did in March 2020.
“We understand that people are fatigued but because the new, more infectious variant of coronavirus is circulating across Wales it is vital that we all keep to the lockdown restrictions and do not meet other people.
“This means that you must stay at home.
“If exercising outdoors, please do this alone or with members of your household or support bubble only.
“Shop online, but if you do need to visit essential retail then do this alone, if possible, to minimise numbers of people in retail spaces, and avoid stopping to chat with people outside your household.
“If you must leave home keep your distance, wash your hands regularly, and wear a face mask when required according to the regulations.
“Public Health Wales urges everyone to follow the rules, to avoid transmission of Coronavirus and to protect everyone in our communities, including the most vulnerable.
“Public Health Wales is working with UK partners to investigate and respond to the new variant of coronavirus identified in Wales.
“The new variant is easier to spread and the public should remain highly vigilant in measures to prevent transmission including maintaining social distancing, regularly handwashing and wearing of face coverings. Though the new variant is more infectious, there is no evidence that it leads to more severe disease.
“UK nationals returning home from travel abroad must provide evidence of a negative COVID-19 test result taken up to 3 days before departure.
“Under current UK COVID-19 restrictions, you must stay at home. You must not leave home or travel, including internationally, unless you have a legally permitted reason to do so.
“If you are due to travel out of the UK, please be aware of the changing situation and keep an eye on the FCO website for up to date details.
“Public Health Wales is working closely with the Welsh Government as they deploy Coronavirus vaccinations through local health boards. Welsh Government is leading on the deployment of the vaccine in Wales.
“Vaccinating the adult population of Wales, to protect people from severe disease, is a significant task, and the vaccine will take time to reach everyone. The effects of the vaccines may not be seen nationally for some time, and we must continue to follow the advice on keeping Wales safe.
“Members of the public should not phone your GP, pharmacy or hospital asking when they will get a vaccine. When someone is in one of the groups eligible for the vaccine, they will be invited to attend a dedicated clinic which will have been set up to ensure patient safety and that of the healthcare professionals.”