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More than half of the new North Wales coronavirus cases in Wrexham show the latest data

WREXHAM has seen the highest daily increase in new coronavirus cases, the latest data show.

Health Health Wales data reveals that there have been 21 new cases in North Wales on the last day.

Of which, 13 were in Wrexham compared to two in Flintshire, two in Gwynedd two in Conwy, one in Anglesey and one in Denbighshire.

The total for Wrexham is now 861, which is the county with the most cases.

Elsewhere there were a total of 533 in Flintshire, 547 in Gwynedd, 719 in Denbighshire, 666 in Conwy and 382 in Anglesey.

Unfortunately, two other people who tested positive for coronavirus died in North Wales on the last day, taking the region’s total 367.

Nationally, five other people died across Wales bringing the total to 1,530.

A total of 146, 211 people were tested.

Dr Chris Williams, director of incident response to the Coronavirus (COVID-19) novel outbreaks at Public Health Wales, said Rowan Foods has experienced a small increase in six cases since Wednesday.

The multi-agency team managing the Coronavirus outbreak associated with Rowan Foods Ltd in Wrexham has experienced a small increase in six cases since Wednesday, bringing the total to 289 cases, Dr added. This is in line with what we would expect to see from targeted tests.

“The advice to the public has not changed and this outbreak reinforces the fundamental role of everyone in preventing the spread of Coronavirus, always observing the guidelines on social distancing: staying two meters from others and washing hands regularly. When traveling, you should also avoid car sharing with people away from home.

“The data on monitoring and cases that emerged from the 2 Sisters plant in Llangefni, Anglesey, are constantly reassuring.

“Following the multi-agency epidemic control team (OCT) meeting on Friday, July 3, a single additional case associated with the plant was reported. This brings the total number of positive cases associated with the factory and its workforce with a Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19) confirmed infection to a total of 218.

“After the incident management team meeting on Friday, July 3, we recorded a single new positive case identified in the Kepak Merthyr meat processing plant, with a total of 135 positive cases since April.

“Targeted tests in the management of Coronavirus clusters and outbreaks will inevitably identify new cases, but this does not mean that there has been a significant increase in the level of infection in the community.

“If we look at other data such as hospital admissions or wider surveillance indicators, there is no evidence of a wave of infections in the wider Merthyr community.

“It is too early to draw any precise conclusions, but our monitoring shows a historical correlation between the levels of infection in the plant and previous levels of background infection in the wider community. There is no evidence to suggest any ongoing transmission in the plant.

“The investigation of the incident management team continues. No outbreak has been reported but all necessary investigations and control measures have been undertaken.

“The Food Standards Agency recommends that it is very unlikely that you can take coronavirus from food. COVID-19 is a respiratory disease. It is not known to be transmitted by exposure to food or food packaging.

“Public Health Wales welcomes the Welsh government announcement that the requirement to stay on site will be lifted on Monday 6 July and that people from two separate families will be able to join together to form an exclusive extended family.

“It is important to note, however, that current measures will remain in effect this weekend – that is to say, as a general rule, people should not travel more than five miles from home and, if you meet another family, you should stay outdoors and stay local.

“We should remind everyone that we all have a vital role in preventing the spread of Coronavirus by always adhering to the guidelines on social distancing: staying two meters from others and washing hands regularly.

“As the restrictions are eased, we urge members of the public to continue to avoid visiting places where adequate social distance is difficult to achieve.

“During purchases, members of the public should use contactless payment whenever possible and reduce contact with goods. Where available, use a disinfectant outside the home, especially when entering a building and having had contact with surfaces. Avoid touching your face.

“Future relaxation of blocking measures will also depend on everyone who follows the advice given in the” Try, track, protect “strategy, including self-isolation when required. Compliance with social removal and hygiene measures remains extremely important.

“The revised blocking provisions also apply to people in Wales who have been told to ‘protect’ from the virus. I am able to go out and meet people from another family as long as they keep a distance of two meters.

“Contact tracking continues in Wales as part of the Welsh government’s” Test, Trace, Protect “strategy. Contact tracking is the process of identifying people who came into contact with an individual with Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19) in order to prevent the risk of others spreading the infection in our communities.

“Anyone with a positive Coronavirus (COVID-19) novel test will be contacted by a team of contact tracers and ask for details of everyone they have had close contact with while having symptoms.

“Keep track of your activities so that you can easily remember where you are on a given day, along with who you were in contact with. This is for everyone’s benefit and we are grateful for your continued collaboration.

“If you are asked to isolate yourself, you must also comply with this request to prevent further spread of the virus.

“There is no need to worry about providing names to the tracking team. The tracers are qualified personnel and the personal information you provide will be handled in line with data protection regulations and will not be widely shared.

“Information on the symptoms of the novel Coronavirus (COVID-19) to search for is available on the Public Health Wales website, or members of the public can use the NHS Wales symptom control.

“Anyone experiencing new symptoms of Coronavirus (COVID-19) can now request a home test kit using the new online portal in the UK. For more information and a link to the booking website, visit: www.gov.wales/ coronavirus or www.llyw.cymru/coronafeirws This is supported by a national telephone service 119, through which people can also order a test at home.

“Anyone with a suspected coronavirus disease should not go to a doctor’s office, pharmacy or hospital. They should contact NHS 111 only if they feel they are unable to cope with their symptoms at home, if their condition worsens or if their symptoms do not improve after seven days.

“Call 999 only if you are experiencing a life-threatening emergency, don’t call 999 just because you’re waiting at 111. We appreciate that 111 lines are busy, but you’ll pass by after a wait.”

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