North Wales records eight new deaths and fewer new coronavirus cases in latest figures

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An additional 488 new cases of coronavirus have been confirmed in North Wales in the past 24 hours, according to the latest statistics, Sunday January 10.
This is a big drop from yesterday’s 712 cases, although weekends may see a lag in reporting.

A total of 22,356 cases of Covid-19 have been reported in North Wales since the start of the pandemic.

Across the country, 1,660 new cases of Covid-19 have been recorded in the past 24 hours, bringing the total to 169,754 according to Public Health Wales.

Eight new deaths have been recorded in North Wales and the death toll for the Betsi Cadwaladr University Health Board since the start of the pandemic stands at 620.

The board of health, which represents 22 percent of Wales’ population, is the largest in the country.

There were 45 more dead in Wales and the toll now stands at 3,964.

The number of tests carried out in Wales in the last daily report was 18,110 and a total of 2,150,415 tests have been carried out since the start of the testing program, with 1,368,730 people tested.

Here is the full list of coronavirus cases across Wales on January 10:

Betsi Cadwaladr: 489 new cases – in total 23,556

Anglesey: 17 new cases – in total 1,327

Conwy: 40 new cases – a total of 2,558

Denbighshire: 57 new cases – a total of 3,109

Flintshire: 165 new cases – total 6,475

Gwynedd: 36 new cases – total 1964

Wrexham: 174 new cases – 8,123 in total

For the rest of the country

Aneurin Bevan: 279 new cases – total 34,542

Cardiff and Vale: 228 new cases – total 27,325

Cwm Taf: 267 new cases – 35,513 in total

Hywel le Bon: 118 new cases – total 12,440

Powys: 17 new cases – 2,810 in total

Swansea Bay: 136 new cases – total 24,972

Unknown location: 27 new cases – in total 1452

Dr Robin Howe, Director of Incidents for the Response to the Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19) Outbreak at Public Health Wales, said:

“The number of positive coronavirus cases remains extremely high in Wales and is of great concern.

“In light of this, on Friday the Prime Minister confirmed that the lockdown on Wales will continue for another three weeks, until January 29.

“The Minister of Education announced that all schools and colleges will continue to learn online until at least January 29, and will remain so until the February semester unless there is a reduction significant transmission.

‘In addition, the Welsh government has confirmed that non-essential shops, reception areas, licensed premises and leisure facilities will remain closed. Measures in stores and workplaces that remain open will be stepped up, including the closure of all showrooms, although they will still be able to operate click and collect services.

“Deployment of the Pfizer BioNTech and AstraZeneca Coronavirus vaccines continues in Wales with the recently approved Moderna vaccine by the Medicines and Health Products Regulatory Agency (MHRA) soon to be incorporated into the program.

“Vaccinating the adult population of Wales, to protect people from serious disease, is an important task, and the vaccine will take time to reach everyone. The epidemiology of COVID-19 across the UK at the end of 2020 has shown a clear need for high and rapid levels of immunization among vulnerable people.

“The Joint Committee on Vaccination and Immunization (JCVI) issued a brief statement outlining the case for optimizing the existing UK vaccination program to achieve maximum impact in the short term. JCVI advises prioritizing the administration of the first dose of vaccine initially, as this is very likely to have a greater impact on public health in the short term and reduce the number of preventable deaths from COVID-19.

“Given the available data and evidence for the use of many other vaccines, Public Health Wales fully supports JCVI’s advice to increase a maximum interval between the first and second dose of 12 weeks for the Pfizer BioNTech and AstraZeneca vaccines. .

“Members of the public should not phone your GP, pharmacy or hospital to ask when they will get a vaccine. When a person is part of one of the groups eligible for the vaccine, they will be invited to go to a dedicated clinic that will have been set up to ensure the safety of patients and that of healthcare professionals.

‘The effects of vaccines may not be seen nationally for some time, and with Wales at alert level four, we must continue to follow the advice to keep Wales safe. Stay at home, meet only the people you live with, maintain social distancing, wash your hands regularly, and work from home if you can.

“As reported by the Welsh government, the new restrictions have been brought forward due to the identification of a new, more transmissible variant of the coronavirus. Public Health Wales worked with UK partners to investigate and respond to this variant.

“It is normal for viruses to mutate and we expect this to happen. Although the variant is easier to transmit, there is currently no evidence that it is more severe.

“We remind people that all current coronavirus guidelines continue to apply to the new variant, including advice related to symptoms, social distancing, self-isolation and vaccination.

“The new variant is showing up as positive in Public Health Wales’ existing coronavirus tests, and people should continue to seek a test in the usual way if they develop symptoms of coronavirus.

“Travelers who have been or have transited through the Republic of South Africa, Angola, Botswana, Eswatini, Lesotho, Malawi, Mauritius, Mozambique, Namibia, Seychelles, Zambia and Zimbabwe in the last 10 days are no longer allowed in the UK. We advise anyone returning to Wales from these countries to check gov.uk regularly for the latest advice and guidance on self-isolation.

“If you or someone in your household develops a cough, fever, or a change in taste or smell, you should self-isolate immediately and book a free coronavirus test, either by calling 119 or clicking here.

“If you need to travel outside the UK, be aware of how the situation develops and keep an eye on the FCO website for updated details.

“Public Health Wales urges everyone to follow the rules, to avoid the transmission of the coronavirus and to protect everyone in our communities, including the most vulnerable.”

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