Public Health Wales confident COVID cases are following ‘downward trend’ as latest figures are released

OVER 280 new cases of coronavirus have been confirmed across our region by Public Health Wales (PHW) today.

There have now been more than 27,930 lab-confirmed cases of the virus from the combined counties that make up the North Wales region since the outbreak of the pandemic – after more incidents were confirmed in the latest figures released today.

Public Health Wales confirmed that 281 of today’s 801 newly confirmed Welsh cases were from the northern region.

They can be broken down as such:

• Anglesey – 27 (38.5 per 100,000 population as of today)

• Conwy – 21 (17.9 per 100,000 population as of today)

• Denbighshire – 43 (44.9 per 100,000 population as of today)

• Flintshire – 77 (49.3 per 100,000 population as of today)

• Gwynedd – 37 (29.7 per 100,000 population as of today)

• Wrexham – 76 (55.9 per 100,000 population as of today)

Betsi Cadwaladr University Health Board – the largest health board in Wales – has reported 687 people have sadly died to date according to PHW data.

Figures from the Office for National Statistics, which are considered a stronger indicator of the overall impact of the virus, and which are based on all deaths where COVID is mentioned on the death certificate, stand at 848 for the health board area.

BCUHB stats:

• Total confirmed COVID-19 cases from North Wales as of January 22 – 27,934

• New cases from today (January 22) – 281

The national picture:

Across Wales, another 801 COVID cases were confirmed in Friday’s figures, meaning that 185,836 people are now known to have contracted the coronavirus since the pandemic began.

There were 67 newly reported deaths, meaning the number of people to have died with confirmed cases of coronavirus sadly stands at 4,459 in Wales.

This is what Public Health Wales’ has to say:

Dr Giri Shankar, incident director for the Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak response at Public Health Wales, said: “We are increasingly confident in the data which is showing a consistent downward trend in the numbers of positive cases in Wales.

“However, the numbers of cases is extremely high, and this is placing extreme pressure on our NHS Wales hospitals.

“The new variant of Coronavirus prevalent in many parts of Wales is up to 70 per cent more transmissible, so it is still vital that everyone continues to remain vigilant, by staying at home and sticking to the rules. This way we will avoid adding to the pressure on hospitals and will keep people safe.”

Dr Shankar stressed that all of Wales remains in lockdown and that people should continue following the rules.

He continued: “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.”

North Wales Pioneer | Llandudno