MORE than 160 new cases of covid-19 have been reported across North Wales, health chiefs have confirmed.

Public Health Wales announced on Friday afternoon that there have been 1,737 new welsh cases of the virus across Wales, as well as a further 11 deaths.

Of the new cases, 165 were reported in the Betsi Cadwaladr University health Board area.

There were:

  • 68 in Wrexham
  • 50 in Flintshire
  • 16 in Conwy
  • 12 on Anglesey
  • 10 in Denbighshire
  • Nine in Gwynedd.

Public Health Wales also confirmed the total number of covid-19 deaths in lab confirmed cases in the Betsi Cadwaladr University Health Board area now stands at 455.

Dr Robin Howe, incident director for the Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak response at Public Health Wales, said: “With Halloween taking place tomorrow, we understand that people will still want to celebrate so Public Health Wales has published guidance on joining in the Halloween spirit safely whilst staying at home to protect those we care about.

"This will include guidance for planning activities at home and ways to connect with others remotely.

"Keep an eye out on our social media channels for more information over the coming days.

“It’s now almost a week since fire-break restrictions came into effect in Wales lasting until the start of Monday, November 9.

“We urge the public to stick to the new rules, which are vital to help us regain control of the virus, to protect the NHS, and save lives.

“Although national and local measures have made a difference, further action is now needed.

"Cases continue to rise in Wales, hospital admissions are increasing, including those into critical care, and sadly so are the numbers of people dying from the virus.

“Under the rules, people must stay at home, except for very limited purposes. They must not visit other households or meet other people they do not live with.

“Certain businesses and venues, including bars, restaurants and most shops must close.

“Secondary schools will provide learning online only for the week after half-term, other than for children in years seven and eight. Primary schools and childcare settings will remain open.

“Face coverings continue to be mandatory in the indoor public spaces that remain open, subject to certain exemptions and exceptions, including on public transport and in taxis.

“More information about the new rules is available at the Welsh Government website.

“If you or a member of your household develop symptoms of the Coronavirus, such as a cough, fever or change in sense of taste or smell, you must self-isolate immediately and book a free Coronavirus test at or by calling 119.

“For those travelling from overseas, as of 4am on Sunday, October 25 the Canary Islands, Denmark, the Maldives and the Greek Island of Mykanos have been added to the Welsh Government’s list of countries from where you may travel to Wales without the need to self isolate.”