THE number of coronavirus cases in Denbighshire increased by 270 over the weekend, official figures show.

A total of 5,452 people had been confirmed as testing positive for Covid-19 in Denbighshire when the UK coronavirus daily dashboard was updated on July 19 (Monday), up from 5,182 on Friday.

Public Health Wales said that cases reported on Mondays will be for a 48-hour period so are likely to be much higher than the usual 24-hour figures.

The rate of infection in Denbighshire now stands at 5,697 cases per 100,000 people, lower than the Wales average of 7,380.

Across the UK, the number of recorded cases increased by 141,106 over the period, to 5,473,477.

A Public Health Wales spokesperson said: “We are seeing an increase in cases across Wales as a result of additional community mixing as restrictions are eased, this is in line with our expectations. The Delta variant of COVID is now the dominant strain being transmitted throughout Wales and the majority of this is driven by general community transmission.

"The vaccination programme is well advanced in Wales and receiving the vaccine is the most effective way to protect yourself and loved ones so please do take your vaccine when it is offered. There are a significant number of people in Wales who have not yet been fully vaccinated, so it is therefore vital that people continue observe social distancing, wear face coverings when in indoor spaces, wash hands regularly and ensure adequate ventilation when meeting indoors. These actions will help to prevent transmission of the virus."