WREXHAM continues to report the highest number of daily coronavirus cases for a third consecutive day, new public health figures reveal.

The latest data released by Public Health Wales shows that Wrexham was once again the Welsh county that reported the highest number of new infections of COVID-19.

The charts state that in Wrexham there has been a total of 22 new cases reported as of Saturday, June 27. In total, this brings Wrexham’s overall amount of COVID-19 infections to 814.

Since Thursday, Wrexham has reported almost 100 new coronavirus cases in three days.

Wrexham saw its first spike since the Rowan Foods outbreak became public on Thursday, June 25, with a sharp rise of 51 newly confirmed cases across the county that day alone.

This was followed on Friday with an additional 26 county-wide cases confirmed. Today’s figures (Saturday, June 27) state that 22 more cases have been confirmed in Wrexham.

Dr Giri Shankar, incident director for the Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak response at Public Health Wales, said: “Testing of the workforce associated with an outbreak of Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19) in the Wrexham area is continuing.

“Public Health Wales is in the process of combining test information to identify the total number of positive cases associated with the workforce at Rowan Foods Ltd. So far this process has identified a total of 166 confirmed cases.

“The number of cases reported today suggests no change has occurred in the past 24 hours. However, we expect this number to go up once all the workers associated with the site have been tested and their results analysed.”

Dr Shankar adds that Public Health Wales are working with Betsi Cadwaladr University Health Board to urgently contact just over 300 workers that have not yet presented for testing.

He continues: “As we would expect with any focused track and trace process, we will identify additional asymptomatic cases. Finding these cases does not mean that the rate of infection in the Wrexham area is increasing as a whole.

“There is no evidence that Rowan Foods is the source of the outbreak. The multi-agency team managing the outbreak with Public Health Wales will continue to review the situation and work with the employer, their workforce and wider community to bring this outbreak to a swift conclusion.”

Across the region, data provided by Betsi Cadwaladr University Health Board reports that four cases were confirmed in Conwy, three in Flintshire, two in Anglesey, one in Denbighshire.

There were no new confirmed cases in Gwynedd.

Public Health Wales figures show that in the BCUHB area, there have been 352 deaths top date across the six county areas in North Wales.

Looking at the Wales-wide figures it shows that, as of June 27, there have been a total of 15,577 confirmed cases of the virus reported by health boards.

Sadly, five new deaths were confirmed in Wales as being linked to the virus which brings the death toll up to 1,502 people.

In his statement, Dr Shanker continues: “It is timely to remind everyone that we all have a vital role in preventing the spread of Coronavirus by always sticking to social distancing guidelines – that’s staying two metres away from others and washing hands regularly.

“Public Health Wales welcomes the relaxation of lockdown measures, but reminds the public that we are not yet back to business as usual.

“We would urge members of the public to continue to stay local and avoid visiting locations, such as beaches, where proper social distancing is impossible to achieve.

“While shopping, members of the public should use contactless payment where possible, and reduce contact with goods. Where available, use sanitiser outside your home, especially as you enter a building and after you have had contact with surfaces. Avoid touching your face.

“Further relaxation of lockdown measures, including the lifting of the restriction on non-essential travel to around five miles, is planned for Monday July 6, providing that community transmission continues to reduce.

“It is important to note that until a further announcement is made by Welsh Government, then the current measures remain in place - as a general rule, people should not travel more than five miles from home. This will help to reduce the risk of coronavirus spreading as people begin to travel more.

“Future relaxation of lockdown measures will also be dependent on everyone following advice set out in the ‘Test, Trace, Protect’ strategy, including self-isolating when required.”