Two new cases of coronavirus reported in north Wales

TWO new cases of coronavirus have been reported across north Wales, health chiefs have said.

Public Health Wales confirmed on Tuesday afternoon that seven new cases of the virus have been reported across Wales.

In the Betsi Cadwaladr University Health Board Area, two new cases were recorded – both of which were in Wrexham.

Public Health Wales has confirmed the total number of deaths in north Wales currently stands at 370.

Dr Giri Shankar, Incident Director for the Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak response at Public Health Wales, said: “The multi-agency team managing the outbreak of Coronavirus associated with Rowan Foods Ltd in Wrexham has recorded 289 cases.

“There continues to be no evidence that this outbreak is factory-based, and the results we have identified are what we would expect to see when a focused testing takes place.

“The news from Llangefni and the outbreak associated with the 2 Sisters meat processing plant has been consistently positive for a number of days.

“As the employer resumes operations at the plant, the multi-agency OCT has been reassured by the rigour and robust processes the 2 Sisters management and workforce have put in place to create a safe working environment.

“We are heartened by the positive response from the workforce and the wider communities of Anglesey and Gwynedd. Their support for the testing, contact tracing and isolation phase of our response has helped bring the outbreak rapidly under control.

“Thanks to the combined efforts of local people, the respective councils, health board and wider agencies, the testing phase of the outbreak is now completed, and cases associated and in the wider community have reduced to background levels.

“Additionally the employer, 2 Sisters Food Group, has confirmed that any untested members of its workforce will not be allowed to return to work at the plant until they have completed a COVID-19 test.

“I am satisfied that the level of infection present in the community as a whole is low. Provided that members of the public continue to follow recommended social distancing, hand hygiene and self-isolation if they experience the symptoms of Novel Coronavirus, then I hope to be able to draw the formal outbreak to a close in the near future.

“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.

“We all have a vital role in preventing the spread of Coronavirus by always sticking to social distancing guidelines – that’s staying two metres away from others and washing hands regularly. You should also avoid car sharing with people outside your household.

“Contact tracing continues in Wales as part of the Welsh Government’s Test, Trace, Protect strategy. Anyone who has a positive Coronavirus test will be contacted by a team of contact tracers, and asked for details of everyone they have had close contact with while they have had symptoms.

“Please keep a note of your activities so you can easily remember your whereabouts on a given day, along with who you were in contact with.”

North Wales Chronicle | Anglesey