Hundreds of fresh Covid-19 cases and four new deaths have been reported in North Wales, latest statistics show.
According to figures released by Public Health Wales today (December 26), there have been 338 new coronavirus cases recorded across the region over the past 48-hour period.
The death toll for Betsi Cadwaladr University Health Board since the beginning of the pandemic now stands at 578 – an increase of four in 48 hours.
The health board, which accounts for 22 per cent of Wales’ population, is the largest in the country.
In total, 17,062 Covid-19 cases have been reported in North Wales.
Across the country, 2,237 new cases of Covid-19 have been recorded, bringing the total to 135,500.
There have been 35 new fatalities in Wales and the death toll now stands at 3,298.
The number of tests carried out in Wales in the latest daily report was 17,242 and a total of 1,907,515 tests have now been carried out since the testing scheme began, with 1,221,155 individuals tested.
Here is the full list of coronavirus cases across North Wales
Betsi Cadwaladr: 338 new cases – total 17,062
Anglesey : 3 new cases – total 1,054
Conwy: 23 new cases – total 2,069
Denbighshire : 27 new cases – total 2,270
Flintshire: 95 new cases – total 4,355
Gwynedd : 20 new cases – total 1,650
Wrexham: 170 new cases – total 5,664
For the rest of the country:
Aneurin Bevan: 472 new cases – total 27,868
Cardiff and Vale: 331 new cases – total 22,194
Cwm Taf: 492 new cases – total 28,882
Hywel Dda: 142 new cases – total 9,846
Powys: 17 new cases – total 2,208
Swansea Bay: 323 new cases – total 21,205
Unknown location: 18 new cases – total 1,110
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Dr Chris Williams, Incident Director for the Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak response at Public Health Wales, said:
“We hope everyone has had a healthy and safe Christmas. The lockdown restrictions remain and we advise everyone to stay at home as much as possible, and to limit your social contacts.
“Travellers who have been in or transited through South Africa in the last 10 days are no longer allowed into the UK. We advise anyone returning to Wales from South Africa to regularly check gov.uk for the latest guidance and advice on self-isolating.
“Welsh Government has announced that the advice to those who are clinically extremely vulnerable, previously ‘shielding’ has changed. Those people within this group should no longer attend work or school outside the home. The safest option for people within this group is not to be part of a Christmas Bubble and to limit contact with other people over the festive period.
“Public Health Wales is working with the Welsh Government, local health boards, local authorities and other partners following the announcement of national restrictions in Wales from midnight 20 December 2020.
“Under the new restrictions, people must stay at home, except for very limited purposes. People must not visit other households or meet other people they do not live with. Non-essential retail, close contact services, gyms and leisure centres, and hospitality will be closed.
“As indicated by the Welsh Government, the immediate introduction of new restrictions is related to the identification of a new more transmissible variant of Coronavirus. Public Health Wales has been working with UK partners to investigate and respond to this variant.
“It is normal for viruses to undergo mutations, and we expect this to happen. Although the variant is easier to transmit, there is currently no evidence that it is more severe.
“We are reminding people that all current guidance relating to Coronavirus continues to apply to the new variant, including advice relating to symptoms, social distancing, self-isolation, and vaccination.
“Public Health Wales will not be reporting Coronavirus data on its public facing data dashboard or social media channels on Friday 25 December or Friday 1 January.
“Users should be aware that there will be a backlog of data that will flow through to the system on Saturday 26 December and Saturday 2 January. Numbers reported on 27 December and 3 January will include new tests from two days’ reporting.
“The Public Health Wales public-facing data dashboard is a rapid reporting tool which is subject to correction and reconciliation. Official statistics are provided by the Office of National Statistics.
“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 clicking here.
“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 urges everyone to follow the rules, to avoid transmission of Coronavirus and to protect everyone in our communities, including the most vulnerable.”