LATEST figures from health officials show how coronavirus in North Wales continues to spread.

Eight of the 34 new cases of coronavirus acquired as of August 22 came from North Wales – specifically five in Gwynedd, two from Wrexham and one from Flintshire.

The highest concentration of today’s cases came from the Cardiff area – with 14 positive cases in the confirmed in the last 24 hours.

One hospital patient has died as a result of the virus according to the latest release under the Cardiff and Vale University Health Board.

To date, Betsi Cadwaladr University Health Board area – the largest health board in Wales - has confirmed 415 people have lost their life to COVID-19.

Headline data for Wales shows that as of today – Saturday – just under 17,710 cases of coronavirus have been confirmed in Wales and the current number of deaths currently stands at 1,590.

Dr Christopher Williams, incident director for the Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak response at Public Health Wales, said: “Public Health Wales welcomes the announcement by Welsh Government of further easing of lockdown measures from today (Saturday 22 August), enabling up to four households to join together in an extended household.

“This means that families and friends will be able to reunite and will also help with caring arrangements.

“It is important to remember that if one person develops symptoms then everyone in the extended household arrangement will need to self-isolate in line with the Welsh Government guidance.

“In addition, up to 30 people will be able to meet for a meal following a wedding, civil partnership or funeral, providing social distancing measures are maintained.”