MORE than 130 new cases of coronavirus have been confirmed across our region by Public Health Wales (PHW) today.

There have now been 10,786 lab-confirmed cases of the virus from the combined counties that make up the North Wales region since the outbreak of the pandemic - after more incidents were confirmed in the latest figures released today.

Public Health Wales confirmed that the 107 of today’s 744 newly confirmed Welsh cases were from the northern region and can be broken down as such:

• Anglesey – Six (8.6 per 100,000 population as of today)

• Conwy – 21 (17.9 per 100,000 population as of today)

• Denbighshire – Nine (9.4 per 100,000 population as of today)

• Flintshire – 46 (29.5 per 100,000 population as of today)

• Gwynedd – Six (4.8 per 100,000 population as of today)

• Wrexham – 43 (31.6 per 100,000 population as of today)

Betsi Cadwaladr University Health Board – the largest health board in Wales – has reported one further death meaning 470 have sadly died to date according to PHW data.

Figures from the Office for National Statistics, which are considered a stronger indicator of the overall impact of the virus, and which are based on all deaths where COVID is mentioned on the death certificate, stand at 600 for the health board area.

BCUHB stats:

• Confirmed cases as of November 7 – 10,655

• New cases from November 7 – 108

• Rate of new cases per 100,000 last week (October 26 to November 1) – Anglesey (80.0), Conwy (93.0), Denbighshire (105.5), Flintshire (149.9), Gwynedd (49.8), Wrexham (255.2)

The national picture:

Across Wales, another 744 COVID cases were confirmed in Saturday’s figures, meaning that 59,981 people are now known to have contracted the coronavirus since the pandemic began.

There were 19 newly reported deaths, meaning the number of people to have died with confirmed cases of coronavirus sadly stands at 2,033 in Wales.

Welsh Government confirmed that on Monday, November 9, the two-week fire-break lockdown would be coming to an end.

It was brought into action across Wales on Friday, October 23, to combat the spread of the virus further and prevent the NHS from becoming overwhelmed.

This is what Public Health Wales' has to say:

Dr Giri Shankar, incident director for the Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak response at Public Health Wales, said: “Public Health Wales will work with Welsh Government to monitor the effect of the regulations which will come in at the end of the current fire-break period on Monday, November 9.

“We support the call for the public to take personal responsibility for their actions and to ensure that we are all doing as much as possible to limit the transmission of Coronavirus.

“Today is Remembrance Sunday, and we remind members of the public to please pay tribute to our heroes from the safety of your home.

“Outdoor Acts of Remembrance can be held this weekend involving a maximum of 30 people, including event organisers. Indoor services are not permitted, so we would ask people to be responsible when paying their respects to those who have lost their lives in war.”

Dr Shankar also addressed the “urgent action” taken after health authorities in Denmark reported widespread outbreaks of COVID-19 has been found in mink farms

He said: “Denmark was removed from the UK Coronavirus travel corridor list on Friday November 6. Any travellers returning to the UK will now be required to self-isolate for 14 days according to the national guidance and legislation.

“This decision has been taken as a precautionary measure and will prevent risk to Wales and the UK from this new strain. Public Health Wales will be in touch with Welsh residents who have been in Denmark in the past 14 days to explain that they and their households are required to self-isolate.

“We would also advise all members of the public with pet mink or ferrets to avoid contact with them while symptomatic with any COVID symptoms.

Dr Shankar adds that, as Wales approaches the end of the fire-break period, the public must not see this as a return to normality.

He continued: “Coronavirus is still active in communities across Wales, so we all need to take steps to keep everyone safe and to prevent the transmission of the disease.

“This means staying out of other people’s homes, limiting the times and the numbers of people that you meet, maintaining social distancing and hand hygiene, working from home if you can, and self-isolating if you show symptoms of coronavirus or are asked to do so by contact tracers.”