FOUR further Coronavirus-related deaths have been reported in North Wales, latest figures show.
Data released by Public Health Wales on February 21 shows that a total of 336 new Covid-19 cases were reported in the whole of Wales, with 59 of those in the North – down from the 77 reported for the region a day earlier.
This can be broken down to 14 cases in Gwynedd, 11 in Anglesey, 11 in Wrexham, 9 in Conwy, 7 in Denbighshire and 7 in Flintshire.
The Betsi Cadwaladr Health Board death toll now stands at 861, with four new deaths reported in the latest figures for North Wales.
The national picture
Across Wales, a total of 336 new cases were reported across the country.
A further 16 people have died, bringing the total death toll to 5,237.
The average seven-day rate has fallen to 83 cases per 100,000 people.
Data released by Public Health Wales on February 20 shows that a total of 860,083 people have received their first dose of the vaccine and 37,773 received their second dose.
Dr Robin Howe, Incident Director for the Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak response at Public Health Wales, said: “Public Health Wales welcomes the indication from Welsh Government that children aged 3-7 in Foundation Phase years in primary schools will be able to return to face-to-face learning from Monday.
“As children return, we would ask all parents and carers to help us control the spread of Coronavirus by:
· Not sending your child to school if they are unwell even if you are not sure if it is coronavirus
· Continuing to work at home if at all possible
· When you take your child to school – always keep your distance from other parents and don’t stay around and chat
· Don’t invite other children (or their parents) to your home to play or stay, even outdoors and even if they are in the same bubble at school
· Unless you have no choice, please do not share a lift to school or other activities with other families
· Make sure your child understands the importance of washing their hands regularly
“Welsh Government have also indicated that the number of people who can meet for exercise will be increased from two to four, and that more elite athletes will be able to return to training.
“Public Health Wales has produced a report analysing inequalities in coverage of COVID-19 vaccination by sex, socioeconomic deprivation and ethnic group.
“Mirroring a trend across the UK the report, which covers the period from 8th December 2020 up to 14th February 2021, highlights emerging inequalities in coverage of COVID-19 vaccination in Wales.
“The report found that the largest inequality in uptake was seen between ethnic groups in adults aged 80+ years. Inequalities were also apparent between adults living in the most and least deprived areas of Wales.
“The full report has been published on the Public Health Wales data dashboard.
“You can now not travel directly to Wales if you’ve visited or passed through a country where travel to the UK is banned in the last 10 days. These banned countries are often called ‘RED list’ (countries where new variant covid strains have been found). You will only be able to enter Wales from RED list countries via a designated port of entry and isolate for 10 days in a nearby managed quarantine hotel. There are no designated ports of entry in Wales.
“For more information on current guidance go to: https://gov.wales/coronavirus-travel.”