MORE than 50 new cases of coronavirus have been reported across North Wales.

Public Health Wales has confirmed that 82 new cases of the virus have been reported across the whole of Wales.

Of those, 53 were reported in Betsi Cadwaladr University Health Board area alone - with 15 in Denbighshire, 12 in Gwynedd, nine in Wrexham, six in Conwy, six on Anglesey and five in Flintshire.

The total number of cases reported across north Wales so far is now 2,876‬.

Public Health Wales has also stated that the total number of deaths within the Betsi Cadwaladr University Health Board area is now 283.

Dr Giri Shankar, incident director for the Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak response at Public Health Wales, said: “We welcome increased testing resulting from Welsh participation in the UK-wide system.

"From Thursday, June 4, Public Health Wales will be reporting the number of Welsh residents who have received a Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19) test through the UK online portal, and who have been tested as part of UK-wide arrangements in labs in England. In due course we will integrate the data into our COVID dashboards.

“Contact tracing continues in Wales as part of the Welsh Government’s ‘Test, Trace, Protect’ strategy.

"Contact tracing is the process of identifying people who have come in contact with an individual with Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19) in order to prevent the risk of others spreading the infection in our communities.

“Anyone who has a positive Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19) test will be contacted by a team of contact tracers, and asked for details of everyone they have had close contact with while they have had symptoms.

“Please keep a note of your activities so you can easily remember your whereabouts on a given day, along with who were in contact with.

"You do not need to have any concerns about providing names to the tracing team. This is for everyone’s benefit and we are grateful for your continued cooperation."