NEARLY 500 new coronavirus cases have been confirmed in North Wales in the latest 24 hour period, data shows. 

Public Health Wales figures released on Thursday show that between January 12 and 13, 499 new cases were confirmed in the region.

Wrexham's seven-day infection rate per 100,000 population stands at 922 and remains the highest in Wales, with Flintshire's second highest at 641.9. 

The full breakdown of new cases is as follows: 

Anglesey - 25 (seven-day infection rate of 175.6)

Conwy - 38 (seven-day infection rate of 219.3)

Denbighshire - 60 (seven-day infection rate of 431.6)

Flintshire - 147 (seven day infection rate of 641.9)

Gwynedd - 27 (seven-day infection rate of 176.6)

Wrexham - 202 (seven-day infection rate of 922.4)

Sadly, a further 54 people who had tested positive for coronavirus in the last 28 days died between January 12 and 13. 

Over 1.4 million people have been tested for coronavirus in Wales since the start of the pandemic. 

As of January 13, 16,283 Covid vaccinations have taken place in the Betsi Cadwaladr (north Wales) Health Board area - the most out of any health board in Wales. 

Across Wales as a whole, 88,163 vaccinations have been given. 

Dr Eleri Davies, incident director for the Novel Coronavirus (Covid-19) outbreak response at Public Health Wales, said:

“The number of positive coronavirus cases remains extremely high in Wales and is cause for serious concern, due to the impact on NHS Wales services.

“All of Wales remains in lockdown. We ask that the public adopts the same mindset for this lockdown as they did in March 2020. We understand that people are fatigued but because the new, more infectious variant of coronavirus is circulating across Wales it is vital that we all keep to the lockdown restrictions and not to meet other people.

“This means stay at home. If exercising outdoors, please do this alone or with members of your household or support bubble only. Shop online, but if you do need to visit essential retail then do this alone, if possible, to minimise numbers of people in retail spaces, and avoid stopping to chat with people outside your household.

"If you must leave home keep your distance, wash your hands regularly, and wear a face mask when required according to the regulations."