Number of confirmed coronavirus cases in Wales rises by thirteen

Thirteen more people have tested positive for coronavirus in Wales, Public Health Wales have confirmed.

The total number of confirmed cases has now risen to 149 as of Wednesday morning.

Dr Robin Howe, Incident Director for the Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak response at Public Health Wales said the number is ''likely to be higher.''

A 96-year-old patient died at Morriston hospital on Tuesday.

Since the outbreak, two people have died in Wales.

On Monday, a 68-year-old patient, who had underlying health conditions, died at Wrexham Maelor Hospital.

The following day, a 96-year-old patient at Morriston Hospital, who also had underlying health conditions, was confirmed as the second person to die from the virus.

On Tuesday, Chancellor Rishi Sunak unveiled a £350 billion package of support to help businesses survive the crisis.

More than £1.5bn has been allocated to the Welsh Government by the UK Government to help with the outbreak of Covid-19.

It said, “We will do everything possible to support every person, business and community in Wales affected by coronavirus and we continue to work closely with the Welsh Government as the situation develops to ensure they have the funding needed to tackle its impact.”

Rishi Sunak unveiled a £350 million package to help businesses. Credit: PA Images

It comes after the prime minister urged people to avoid unnecessary social contact, such as avoiding pubs, bars, clubs and theatres in order to stop the spread of coronavirus.

As cases in Wales and the rest of the UK continue to rise, the advice for the public who are experiencing symptoms of coronavirus has changed.

What is the latest advice?

  • People who live with others should stay at home for 14 days if they, or anyone in their household, has either a high temperature or a new and continuous cough

  • People who live alone should stay at home for seven days if they develop a high temperature or a new and continuous cough

  • Everyone should avoid non-essential contact with others and unnecessary travel

  • Everyone being asked to work from home where they possibly can, and avoid pubs, clubs, theatres and social venues

  • People over 70, and vulnerable groups of any age will be asked within days to be shielded from social contact for several weeks

  • People no longer need to contact NHS 111 if they think they may have contracted Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19).

  • People should not go to a GP surgery, pharmacy or hospital.

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