BETSI Cadwalader Health Board has seen more new coronavirus cases confirmed today than any other part of Wales.

Public Health Wales figures published today (May 26) confirm that 67 of the 141 new cases confirmed in Wales were in the North.

The total of confirmed cases in North Wales now stands at 2,577, second only to Cardiff and Vale University Health Board where 2,639 cases have been confirmed.

Locally, there were 34 new cases confirmed - 22 in Wrexham and 12 in Flintshire, taking their respective totals to 512 and 440.

In Denbighshire and Conwy, there were 12 and 16 new cases recorded respectively.

Nationally, there were 141 new cases of people testing positive for the virus.

Wales’ total of confirmed cases of coronavirus now stands at 13,556. Eight more people have died after testing positive for coronavirus in Wales with the total now at 1,282.

Dr Giri Shankar, Incident Director for the Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak response at Public Health Wales, said: “Social distancing rules remain in effect. Public Health Wales fully supports Welsh Government’s revised stay-at-home regulations. The message has not changed – anyone can get Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19), anyone can spread it. Stay home, protect the NHS, and save lives

“Public Health Wales, working with Aneurin Bevan University Health Board, is recruiting 500 participants as part of the Oxford Vaccine Group COVID-19 vaccine trial. The aim of this study is to find a safe vaccine that will develop immunity against the virus and thus prevent the disease. Co-ordinated by Health and Care Research Wales, this is a collaboration between Public Health Wales, Aneurin Bevan University Health Board and the Centre for Trials Research at Cardiff University

“This is an important study to test the effectiveness of one of the main candidate vaccines for COVID-19 in Wales. If successful, vaccination will provide a route out of this pandemic. We will be recruiting participants for screening and administration of vaccine, and monitoring outcomes and safety.

“Public Health Wales welcomes the extension of Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19) testing to all care home residents and staff, and is supporting the implementation of the Welsh Government’s ‘Test, Trace, Protect’ strategy published earlier this month, along with the Critical Workers Testing Policy, which aims to use the current testing capacity in Wales to the full, ensuring we test the right people, at the right time, in the right place, to reduce the spread of Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19). We continue to work to increase our testing capacity in Wales, currently 5,330 tests per day. "