JUST under 90 new cases of coronavirus have been confirmed across our region by Public Health Wales (PHW) today.

There have now been 10,991 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 88 of today’s 928 newly confirmed Welsh cases were from the northern region and can be broken down as such:

• Anglesey – Seven (10.0 per 100,000 population as of today)

• Conwy – 10 (8.5 per 100,000 population as of today)

• Denbighshire – 20 (20.9 per 100,000 population as of today)

• Flintshire – 22 (14.1 per 100,000 population as of today)

• Gwynedd – 13 (10.4 per 100,000 population as of today)

• Wrexham – 16 (11.8 per 100,000 population as of today)

Betsi Cadwaladr University Health Board – the largest health board in Wales – has reported 477 people 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 11 – 10,991

• New cases from November 11 – 88

• Rate of new cases per 100,000 last week (November 2 to 8) – Anglesey (41.4), Conwy (68.3), Denbighshire (47.0), Flintshire (123.6), Gwynedd (45.8), Wrexham (148.6)

The national picture:

Across Wales, another 928 COVID cases were confirmed in Wednesday’s figures, meaning that 62,284 people are now known to have contracted the coronavirus since the pandemic began.

There were 45 newly reported deaths, meaning the number of people to have died with confirmed cases of coronavirus sadly stands at 2,108 in Wales.

Welsh Government exited its two-week fire-break lockdown on Monday, November 9.

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.

The data lag means that figures won’t reflect the results for a few weeks, officials have said.

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 strongly advises 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.

“We understand that people will want to carry on with their Christmas shopping now the fire-break has ended and so we would suggest to try to visit shops during off-peak times, to always maintain social distancing and to wear a face covering if you can.

“Options such as ‘click and collect’ or online purchasing may also be something to consider.”

Although the fire-break period in Wales has ended, Dr Shankar says that the public in Wales should be aware that this does not mean a “return to normality”.

He continued: “Coronavirus has not gone away, it is still active in communities across Wales, and so we all need to take steps to keep everyone safe and to prevent the transmission of the disease.

“We ask the public to observe the new regulations and to limit their contact with other people as much as possible so that we all work together to bring the numbers of positive cases down.

“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.”