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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 gathering 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.

Ms Stubbins said: “We know this has been a difficult time and we would like to thank all our communities in Denbighshire for their co-operation and their efforts to follow the guidelines.”

You can now go for a PCR Covid-19 test if you have a wider range of symptoms. They are:

flu-like symptoms, not caused by a known condition
muscle ache or pain
excessive tiredness
persistent headache
runny nose or blocked nose
persistent sneezing
sore throat and/or hoarseness
shortness of breath or wheezing and generally feeling unwell
Mobile testing units are operating at Caledfryn in Denbigh, Rhyl’s Quay Street car park and Llangollen’s Market Street car park – but you must book to attend these sites.

You can book a PCR test at www.gov.uk/get-coronavirus-test or by telephoning 119 between 7am and 11pm (calls are free).

To order a lateral flow test got to www.gov.uk/order-coronavirus-rapid-lateral-flow-tests

You can pick up free lateral flow tests from HWB Dinbych, Smithfield Road, Denbigh, LL16 3RG, on Tuesdays between 8.30am – 1pm; Wednesdays 4pm – 6pm; Thursdays 8.30am – 1pm and Fridays 8.30am – 1pm.

You can also pick up free lateral flow tests from Rhyl’s Quay Street car park LL18 1NS, between 8am and 1pm, seven days a week.

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