Delta variant cases linked to teenage ‘gatherings’ triple in the last week
Jez Hemming, local democracy reporter
The number of cases linked to an outbreak of the Delta Covid variant caused by youth “gatherings” have tripled in a week and businesses have been warned to follow Covid guidelines.
Denbighshire council’s Incident Management Team (IMT) says 31 people have now tested positive for coronavirus.
Last Friday the number of linked cases stood at 10.
They include transmission within households and positive tests include adults and under-18s, a statement from Denbighshire council said.
Not all incidences have been confirmed as the Delta variant but, as it’s now the dominant strain in the UK, they are being treated as if they are.
The cases all come after gatherings of teenagers and a total of 402 pupils are self-isolating from three schools – Ysgol Brynhyfryd in Ruthin, Denbigh High School and St Brigid’s, also in Denbigh.
IMT chair Nicola Stubbins said: “We are continuing to work on identifying cases linked to these clusters through our Test Trace Protect (TTP) teams.
“Now the Delta variant is present in Denbighshire, we are asking everyone to remain vigilant against the spread of Covid-19.
“This includes not attending gatherings which contravene Welsh Government guidelines, to practice social distancing and those who have been asked to, must self-isolate for the full period.”
She also issued a warning to businesses and stressed they must enforce guidelines including social distancing and track and trace procedures.
Ms Stubbins added: “Businesses found to be breaching these regulations can be served with an Improvement Notice, a Closure Notice and/or a Fixed Penalty Notice from the Council while those found not self-isolating can also face a Fixed Penalty Notice.”
Anyone who developing Covid-19 symptoms is being urged to book a PCR test immediately and following a positive result, self-isolate and share all relevant information with TTP advisors.
Eligible people not showing symptoms should also undertake regular lateral flow tests at home, which are free and can be ordered online for home delivery.
Denbighshire currently has the second highest weekly case rate in Wales at 77.3 per 100,000 people and has the highest test positivity rate at 5.4% from every 100,000 tests.
Yesterday Public Health Wales confirmed another 184 cases of the Delta Covid variant had been identified over the previous 48 hours, taking the total number of cases in Wales to 488.