THE Welsh Government say that the situation in North Wales will continue to be monitored after several counties were placed in the ‘amber’ alert zone.

The Leader previously reported that Anglesey, Conwy, Denbighshire and Flintshire were given amber tags and all added to a ‘watchlist’ by Public Health Wales over concerns about the virus taking hold in the area again.

In the last seven days, as of Friday September 25, North Wales recorded a total of 134 new coronavirus cases out of the 1,415 new cases nationally.

These local figures can be broken down to show 41 in Flintshire, 31 in Conwy, 25 in Denbighshire, 17 in Wrexham, 12 on Anglesey and eight in Gwynedd.

In the past week, several areas of south Wales went into localised lockdown with increased protection measures to limit a spread of the virus after a rise in cases.

Speaking at Friday’s coronavirus briefing, health minister Vaughan Gething said that the coronavirus pattern in the North Wales region is a ‘mixed picture’.

Addressing questions after the conference, a Welsh Government spokesman told the Leader: “Cases in Flintshire, along with Denbighshire, Anglesey and Conwy, are being carefully monitored. We will continue to consider transmission rates which will guide the need for any further action.

“People can best keep Wales safe by keeping 2m apart, washing their hands regularly, wearing a mask in indoor public places, working from home and thinking carefully about who they meet and where they are going.

“If we all follow the rule, we can all make a difference to the virus and protect our health and keep Wales safe.

“Introducing local restrictions in any part of Wales is always an incredibly difficult decision to make. Their introduction will depend on transmission rates and local factors, and we will monitor each situation closely.”