COVID-19 : 674 new cases in Wales along with 5 deaths

October 17, 2020

Two COVID-19 related deaths have occurred in the Betsi Cadwaladr Health Board region as part of the 5 recorded across Wales in the past day.

In addition, there have been 674 new cases of which 136 are in the North Wales area.

Wrexham had more new cases than anywhere else in the region with 40, followed by Flintshire with 30. Denbighshire reported 29, Conwy 20 and there has been 12 in Gwynedd and 5 on Anglesey.

Dr Chris Williams, Incident Director for the Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak response at Public Health Wales, said:

“Cases of Coronavirus continue to rise in all parts of Wales, including in areas where local restructions are in place.

“The public health message has not changed and is as important as ever; it is vital that people in every part of Wales stick to social distancing guidelines – that’s staying two metres away from others, avoiding socialising with people outside your household, and washing hands regularly. They must also self-isolate immediately when asked to do so.

“We have seen an increase in transmission of the Coronavirus in social settings, and would like to remind the public that the virus spreads really well in social situations. If you need to visit these type of venues, then:

- Don’t mix with anyone other than the people that you live with;

- Stay 2m apart from people that you don’t live with;

If you are contacted by the Test, Trace, Protect service, then please be honest about where you have been and with who you have had contact with. The contact tracers aren’t going to judge you, they are trying to restrict the spread of the virus. By giving them the correct information you will help others avoid infection, and possibly getting seriously ill.

“Local restrictions are now in place in Blaenau Gwent, Bridgend, Caerphilly, Cardiff, Conwy, Denbighshire, Flintshire, Merthyr Tydfil, Neath Port Talbot, Newport, Rhondda Cynon Taf, Swansea, Torfaen, Vale of Glamorgan, and Wrexham local authority areas, and in the hyperlocal areas of Bangor and Llanelli.

“People who live in these areas must abide by these restrictions to protect themselves, their families, friends, older and vulnerable people, and keep Wales safe. For more information about restrictions in your area, visit the Welsh Government website."