CORONAVIRUS continues to spread faster than anticipated', the First Minister said.

Data released by Public Health Wales on November 27 shows that there had been 1,105 new cases reported across Wales, of which, 87 were in the North Wales region.

These can be broken down to 10 in Anglesey, three in Conwy, eight in Denbighshire, 20 in Flintshire, two in Gwynedd and 44 in Wrexham.

The rates as of today (November 27) are broken down to:

Anglesey - 14.3 per 100,000 population as of today

Conwy - 2.6 per per 100,000 population as of today

Denbighshire - 8.4 per 100,000 population as of today

Flintshire - 12.8 per 100,000 population as of today

Gwynedd - 1.6 per 100,000 population as of today

Wrexham - 32.4 per 100,000 population as of today

The total number of cases since recording began for each county can be broken down to 905 in Anglesey, 1,706 in Conwy, 1,767 in Denbighshire, 2,966 in Flintshire, 1,353 in Gwynedd and 3,761 in Wrexham.

The Betsi Cadwaladr Health Board sadly reported a further two deaths bringing the total to 523.

Nationally, a further 21 coronavirus-related deaths were reported across Wales bringing the total death toll to 2,494.

At the press conference in Cardiff, First Minister Mark Drakeford said the fire-break achieved what it had set out to do but now, the virus is spreading quicker 'than anticipated'.

He added that indoor entertainment venues such as cinemas and bowling alleys will close and there will be tighter restrictions to the hospitality sector.

Dr Eleri Davies, Incident Director for the Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak response at Public Health Wales, said: “Public Health Wales welcomes the decision of the Welsh Government to introduce restrictions on indoor venues ahead of Christmas period, in order to reduce the opportunities for the virus to spread in our communities and to keep people safe.

“We understand that people will want to do their Christmas shopping at this time of year. We would suggest to try to visit shops during off-peak times, to always maintain social distancing and to wear a face covering if you can. Options such as ‘click and collect’ or online purchasing may also be something to consider.

“The festive period is important for people across Wales who want to be with loved ones during the holidays, particularly after a very difficult year, but we would remind everyone that we must each continue to take personal responsibility to limit the spread of the virus and protect our loved ones, particularly if they are vulnerable or extremely vulnerable. For many, this will mean that it isn’t possible to celebrate Christmas in the way you normally would."

Dr Davies went on to say: “Public Health Wales strongly advises the public to take personal responsibility for their actions and to ensure that we are all doing as much as possible to limit the transmission of Coronavirus.

“We would remind everyone that Coronavirus is still active in our communities, and therefore this does not mean a return to normality.

“We ask the public to observe the regulations and to limit their contact with other people as much as possible so that we all work together to bring the numbers of positive cases down.

“This means staying out of other people’s homes, limiting the times and the numbers of people that you meet, maintaining social distancing and hand hygiene, working from home if you can, and self-isolating if you show symptoms of coronavirus or are asked to do so by contact tracers.

“All of these actions will help to break the chains of transmission, reduce the spread of the virus, and keep people safe."