A SMALL number of COVID cases have been recorded in Wales, public health officials report.

There have now been over 35,070 lab-confirmed cases of the virus identified from the combined counties since the outbreak of the pandemic - after more incidents were confirmed by Public Health Wales (PHW) in the latest figures released on May 10.

PHW confirmed that just nine of the latest 104 Welsh cases came from the northern region, a total of 8.65 per cent.

They can be broken down as such:

• Anglesey – 0

• Conwy – 1 (0.9 per 100,000 population)

• Denbighshire – 0

• Flintshire – 1 (0.6 per 100,000 population)

• Gwynedd – 4 (3.2 per 100,000 population)

• Wrexham – 3 (2.2 per 100,000 population)

BCUHB stats:

• Total confirmed COVID-19 cases from North Wales as of May 10 – 35,071

Betsi Cadwaladr University Health Board – the largest health board in Wales – has reported 945 people have sadly died since the start of the pandemic, according to PHW data.

Figures from the Office for National Statistics, which are considered a stronger indicator of the overall impact of the virus, and which are based on all deaths where COVID is mentioned on the death certificate, stand at 1,401 for the health board area.

The national picture:

Across Wales, another 104 COVID cases were confirmed in the latest figures, meaning that 211,931 people are now known to have contracted the coronavirus since the pandemic began.

There were four reported deaths on Monday, meaning the number of people to have died with confirmed cases of coronavirus remains at 5,556 in Wales.

Headline figures show that, across Wales, over 1.93m people have had their first COVID-19 jab. Of that figure, a total of 846,180 have completed the two-dose treatment.

This is what Public Health Wales has to say:

Dr Giri Shankar, incident director for the Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak response at Public Health Wales, gave a statement on Monday afternoon.

He said: “On Friday 7 May, the Joint Committee on Vaccination and Immunisation (JCVI) updated its advice on the use of the COVID-19 Oxford/AstraZeneca vaccine for people aged under 40. JCVI advice is followed in Wales.

“The advice states that unvaccinated adults aged 30 - 39 years who are not in a clinical priority group because of long term health conditions, should where possible be offered an alternative to the AstraZeneca COVID-19 vaccine, where it would not significantly delay vaccination.

“JCVI is not advising against using AstraZeneca vaccine in 30-39 year olds, only that other vaccines are preferred. JCVI advise that anyone who has already received a first dose of AstraZeneca should continue to receive the same vaccine for their second dose, there are no clotting safety concerns with the second dose. It is the second dose which gives stronger and longer protection.”

Dr Shankar also urged the public to continue following the rules to keep repressing the virus.

He said: “We would remind the general public that it is still extremely important to follow social distancing and hygiene measures to prevent the transmission of Coronavirus.

“That is, staying 2m from anyone you don’t live with, washing hands regularly and wearing face coverings in indoor settings.”