The coronavirus infection rate has risen sharply in one area of North Wales, new data has revealed.
Today’s figure shows the number of cases per 100,000 of population is 114.2 – well up on yesterday’s figure of 98.5.
By comparison, using the most recent available data, the island’s rate is now higher than all but 15 of the 315 local authorities in England.
It is second only to Merthyr Tydfil in Wales, where the rate is 134.3, higher than all but eight local authorities in England.
Gwynedd’s rate was the only other one in North Wales to rise today, up from 32.1 to 33.7.
Anglesey had the most new cases with 11, but Flintshire reported just one new case and Wrexham two.
No new deaths have been recorded in the North Wales region, leaving the overall Covid death toll since the pandemic at 929.
Across Wales, 171 more cases have been reported today – but there have been no deaths.
Seven-day infection rates across North Wales (as of Sunday’s update)
Betsi Cadwaladr University Health Board
Anglesey: 114.2 (up from 98.5)
Conwy: 41.8 (down from 51.2)
Denbighshire: 19.9 (down from 21.9)
Flintshire: 57.7 (down from 62.1)
Gwynedd: 33.7 (up from 32.1)
Wrexham: 23.5 (down from 24.3)
Here is the latest full list of coronavirus cases reported across North Wales
Betsi Cadwaladr: 37 new cases – total 34,466
Anglesey : 11 new cases – total 2,238
Conwy: 6 new cases – total 3,821
Denbighshire: 7 new cases – total 4,294
Flintshire: 1 new case – total 9,506
Gwynedd: 10 new cases – total 3,242
Wrexham: 2 new cases – total 11,365
For the rest of the country
Aneurin Bevan: 26 new cases – total 41,166
Cardiff and Vale: 28 new cases – total 33,125
Cwm Taf: 16 new cases – total 40,404
Hywel Dda: 10 new cases 15,822
Powys: 1 new case – total 4,103
Swansea Bay: 47 new cases – total 28,756
Unknown location: 2 new cases – total 1,881
Wales total: 167 new cases – total 199,723
Resident outside Wales: 4 new cases – total 9,343
Dr Giri Shankar, incident director for the novel coronavirus (Covid-19) outbreak response at Public Health Wales, said: “Welsh government has announced the lifting of the ‘stay local’ requirement from Saturday, 27 March, and that self-contained holiday accommodation can open for those who live in Wales. People should stay within the borders of Wales unless for essential travel such as work or education.
“In addition, six people from two households are able to meet outdoors, organised outdoors activities for children under 18 can resume, and libraries can re-open.
“This slight easing of Covid-19 lockdown rules is encouraging. However, we need to be very clear that coronavirus has not gone away. While the number of cases is declining overall, there are still several areas which have higher rates and there are still a large number of people who have not been vaccinated. In order to protect everyone, including the most vulnerable, we must all stick to the rules.
“Everyone must maintain constant vigilance by keeping 2m apart from people that you don’t live with, practising hand hygiene and wearing a mask in indoor environments.
“It is clear that coronavirus has not gone away,
“Welsh government restrictions state that you should not go into any other household or mix indoors with other people who you don’t live with.
“If you are contacted by your local TTP team then it is important that you are truthful with them about where you have been and who you have met. They are not there to judge – they are there to help prevent ongoing transmission of the virus and to protect the community.
“If you are asked to self-isolate by your local TTP team then please ensure that you do so for the full ten days – this will help break any chains of transmission.
“We encourage everyone, whatever their background, social demographic and ethnicity, to have the vaccine when they are offered it.
“Following a rigorous scientific review of all the available data, the MHRA has confirmed that the available evidence does not suggest that blood clots in veins (venous thromboembolism) are caused by Covid-19 vaccine AstraZeneca. This follows a detailed review of reported cases as well as data from hospital admissions and GP records. This has been confirmed by the government’s independent advisory group, the Commission on Human Medicines, whose expert scientists and clinicians have also reviewed the available data.
“We need your continued support to control the spread of coronavirus, so please do not send your child to school if they are unwell, even if you are not sure if they have coronavirus. Please continue to work from home if at all possible.
“When you take your child to school, always keep your distance from other parents, wear a face covering, and don’t stay around and chat. Please don’t invite other children or their parents to your home to play or stay indoors, even if they are in the same bubble at school.
“We need to continue to limit the numbers of people we meet socially to minimise spread of the virus.
“Currently a maximum of six people from two households living locally can meet outdoors, including in private gardens.”
“Make sure your child understands the importance of washing their hands regularly.
“Coronavirus cases by variant in Wales are reported on the UK Government website. The dominant strain in Wales is the Kent variant, and there is currently no evidence of widespread community transmission of other variants of concern in Wales.
“Restrictions on UK and international travel remain in place. More information on current travel guidance is available on the Welsh Government website.
“If you or a member of your household develop a cough, fever or change in sense of taste or smell, you must self-isolate immediately and book a free coronavirus test, either by calling 119 or by visiting www.gov.wales/getting-tested-coronavirus-covid-19.”