A ‘MIXED picture’ of coronavirus is present in North Wales - but there is evidence Covid is getting a grip on parts of the region.

The message came during the latest Welsh Government coronavirus update taken by Health Minister Vaughan Gething.

He says meetings will take place with local authority leaders in the impacted areas to address the spread of coronavirus now before things evolve further.

Mr Gething said: “We continue to keep a close watch on the situation in North Wales where the picture is mixed. Cases overall are much lower than we’re seeing in south Wales at present.”

“There is evidence that COVID is increasing in some parts of North Wales. We will be meeting local authority leaders next week to discuss the developing situation."

He adds that the region is currently seeing lower levels of coronavirus infections compared to those already in local restrictions, but an increase in positive cases across the region in recent days are a cause for concern.

The Leader reported previously how Flintshire, Anglesey, Conwy and Denbighshire, are all being "closely monitored" after entering the "amber zone"

Dr Giri Shankar, Public Health Wales' incident director for the coronavirus outbreak, said that if case numbers continue to go up in similar patterns seen in local authority areas currently under lockdown measures, then local lockdowns will have to be considered in those areas.

He said: "I certainly hope that we don't get to that position but if case numbers continue to go up and we see more people going into hospital and needing intensive care and we see cases in our vulnerable groups... we might have to consider complete lockdowns."