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No reported cyber attacks affecting NHS Wales

No reported cyber incidents have affected NHS Wales, as hospitals in England and Scotland deal with attacks, the Welsh Government have confirmed.

IT failiures have affected up to 16 hospitals in England and Scotland - but none, yet, in Wales. Credit: PA

Ambulances have been diverted and patients warned to avoid some A&E departments as IT failures affected up to 16 hospitals in England and Scotland.

Systems are believed to have been hit by a ransomware cyber attack using malware called "Wanna Decryptor", which works by encrypting files on a user's computer, blocking them from view and threatening to delete them unless a payment is made.

But the Welsh Government have said no such incidents have affected NHS hospitals in Wales, as they continue to monitor the situation.

We have had no reported cyber incidents affecting NHS Wales but are monitoring the situation closely.

– Welsh Government Spokesperson