First coronavirus death confirmed in Wales

Wales' first coronavirus related death has been announced by the chief medical officer.

The patient was 68 years old and had underlying health conditions.

They were being treated at the Wrexham Maelor Hospital.

It is with regret that today I am confirming a patient in Wales has sadly died after contracting COVID-19. I offer my sincere condolences to their family and friends and ask that their request for privacy is respected.

Dr Frank Atherton, Chief Medical Officer for Wales
First Minister Mark Drakeford said he was Credit: PA Images

Following the announcement, First Minister Mark Drakeford said he was "deeply saddened" by the news.

"My heartfelt condolences are with their family and friends.

“We continue to work hard to respond to this fast changing situation, as the impact of the virus continues to increase in the days and weeks ahead.”

The number of coronavirus cases in Wales has risen by thirty, bringing the total number to 124.

The Prime Minister will chair an emergency meeting of the Cobra committee on Monday afternoon.

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