Another 18 people have died after testing positive for coronavirus, as the death toll in the North Wales nears 200.

Public Health Wales (PHW)  today recorded 162 new known cases, meaning 12,304 people have tested positive for the disease in Wales, although the actual number is likely to be much higher.

Betsi Cadwaladr University Health Board has 69 new cases, more than any other Welsh health board, bringing the total number to 2,082 in North Wales.

The number of deaths within the health board area is 196, but the number doesn’t include some deaths within the community.

Since the outbreak began, 157 people have now tested positive in  Anglesey, 402 in  Conwy, 405 in  Denbighshire, 382 in  Flintshire, 333 in  Gwynedd  and 403 in  Wrexham.

The total number of suspected deaths from Covid-19 across Wales, reported to PHW, now stands at 1,203.

North Wales has seen nearly 200 deaths linked to coroanvirus
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In recent days there has been an acceleration in the numbers of cases  in the six North Wales counties.

A  road map setting out how Wales could exit the coronavirus lockdown was recently unveiled.

First Minister Mark Drakeford  announced the traffic light road map, called “Unlocking our society and economy: continuing the conversation”, as part of a “cautious” approach to easing lockdown measures.

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Dr Robin Howe, Incident Director for the Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak response at Public Health Wales, said: “Public Health Wales welcomes the announcement yesterday by the Health Minister of the extension of Coronavirus testing to all care home residents and staff.

“In conjunction with the Welsh Government’s ‘Test, Trace, Protect’ strategy published last week, Public Health Wales will continue to work in  partnership with our communities, the Welsh Government, the wider NHS and local government in Wales to focus on protecting the health of the people of Wales as we support the implementation of the strategy.

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“We have been working hard to increase our testing capacity, and as of Monday 11 May 2020 our capacity was at 5,330 tests a day in Wales.  We know there is more to do as demand increases, and we will continue to ramp up this capacity.

“The Welsh Government announced on Friday 8 May that lockdown arrangements would continue in Wales for a further three weeks: in Wales stay-at-home guidance remains that, wherever you can, you should stay at home.

“Although we appear to have passed the peak of new cases in Wales, Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19) is still circulating in every part of the country.

“The single most important action we can all take in fighting the virus is to stay at home, and we thank each and every person across Wales for doing their bit to help slow the spread of the virus.      

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“Public Health Wales continues to support the implementation of the Critical Workers Testing Policy to make sure we use the current testing capacity in Wales to the full, ensuring we test the right people, at the right time, in the right place, to reduce the spread of Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19).

“We are encouraging everyone to download the Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19) Symptom Study app, which has been supported by Welsh Government.

“The app allows users to log daily symptoms to help build a clearer picture of how the virus is affecting people. For more information, including how to download the app, visit  covid.joinzoe.com.”

Mr Howe added people no longer need to contact NHS 111 if they think they may have contracted Covid-19, with Information about symptoms on the PHW website, or by using the NHS Wales  symptom checker.

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