THERE are now 106 confirmed cases of coronavirus associated with an outbreak at a Wrexham factory.

The confirmation of nine new cases at Rowan Foods since yesterday comes as outbreaks of coronavirus meat processing factories in England and Wales, including Wrexham and Llangefni, are thought to be linked to canteens and car-sharing schemes.

The UK Government's Environment Secretary George Eustice told the Commons that the Government will issue new guidance to plants to try to stop further spread.

On Tuesday, Prime Minister Boris Johnson said the Government is investigating the cause, while chief scientific adviser Sir Patrick Vallance said the cold environment in such factories could be a factor.

In Germany, Europe's largest meat processing plant suffered an outbreak which resulted in approximately 7,000 people being quarantined.

During Environment Questions, Labour's Luke Pollard asked whether statutory sick pay is high enough to ensure people do not feel compelled to work even if they are ill.

Responding, Mr Eustice said: "We have had now three outbreaks linked to meat plants.

"These have been picked up through the testing and tracing approach that has been adopted, and we are reviewing the guidance.

"We suspect that these outbreaks might have been linked either to canteens or potentially to car-sharing arrangements in those plants.

"And we will be revising guidance to ensure that businesses have the approach that they need to prevent further outbreaks in the future."

At today's Welsh Government briefing today, Finance Minister Rebecca Evans said that 1,000 tests had been carried out at Rowan Foods in Wrexham with 106 positive test.

She added that the factory remains operational and that a site visit was due to take place this week.

Public Health Wales have said there is no evidence the plant is the source of the outbreak but that those testing positive have been workers or members of their households.