NEW coronavirus cases continue to grow as Wales introduces a short-term fire break lockdown.

Data released by Public Health Wales on October 19 showed that there had been 166 new cases of Covid-19 in North Wales

These can be broken down to

Anglesey - 15

Conwy - 23

Denbighshire - 21

Flintshire - 46

Gwynedd - 15

Wrexham -15

The total number of cases and rates per 100k stands at

Anglesey - 618 (882.3 cases per 100k)

Conwy - 1,235 (1,053.7 cases per 100k)

Denbighshire - 1,254 (1,310.4 cases per 100k)

Flintshire - 1,624 (1,040,4 cases per 100k)

Gwynedd - 992 (796.4 cases per 100k)

Wrexham - 2,192 (1,611.5 cases per 100k)

The Betsi Cadwaldr Health Board reported no new deaths were reported meaning the total death toll remains at 433.

Nationally, Wales reported one new death bringing the total to 1,712.

Dr Giri Shankar, Incident Director for the Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak response at Public Health Wales, said: “Public Health Wales supports the announcement by the Welsh Government today of a two-week national ‘fire-break’ to disrupt the transmission of Coronavirus in Wales. These new restrictions will come into effect at 6pm on Friday 23 October, and will last until the start of Monday 9 November.

“Cases continue to rise in Wales, hospital admissions are increasing, including those into critical care, and sadly so are the numbers of people dying from the virus.

“Although national and local measures have made a difference, further action is now needed. These new rules are vital to regain control of the virus, to protect the NHS, and save lives.

“Under the rules announced today, people must stay at home, except for very limited purposes. They must not visit other households or meet other people they do not live with.

“Certain businesses and venues, including bars, restaurants and most shops must close.

“Secondary schools will provide learning online only for the week after half-term, other than for children in years seven and eight. Primary schools and childcare settings will remain open.

“Face coverings continue to be mandatory in the indoor public spaces that remain open, subject to certain exemptions and exceptions, including on public transport and in taxis.

"Attending a pre-booked screening clinic, medical appointment or flu vaccination is a permitted reason for travel.

“More information about the new rules is available at the Welsh Government website.

“If you or a member of your household develop symptoms of the Coronavirus, such as a cough, fever or change in sense of taste or smell, you must self-isolate immediately and book a free Coronavirus test at or by calling 119.

“Helpful advice and support is available via the NHS COVID-19 app. As well as providing alerts if you have been in contact with someone with Coronavirus, the app will also tell you the current risk level in your area.

“Information about the symptoms of Coronavirus is available on the Public Health Wales website, or via the NHS 111 Wales symptom checker.”