Death toll in Wales rises to 141 as virus claims 24 more lives

The number of people to die after testing positive for coronavirus in Wales has risen to 141, after a further 24 people lost their lives.

The total number of confirmed cases has also jumped to 2,466, after an additional 345 patients tested positive.

Public health officials warn the true number of cases is likely to be higher.

10,000 people have now been tested for coronavirus in Wales, including 1,500 healthcare workers.

Dr Robin Howe from Public Health Wales said the most important thing people can do to curb the spread of the virus is to stay at home, "in order to protect the NHS, and save lives."

Dr Howe said: “345 new cases have tested positive for Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19) in Wales, bringing the total number of confirmed cases to 2,466, although the true number of cases is likely to be higher.

“24 further deaths have been reported to us of people who had tested positive for Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19), taking the number of deaths in Wales to 141.

“We offer our condolences to families and friends affected, and we ask those reporting on the situation to respect patient confidentiality.

Numbers of confirmed cases by local health board - 03/04/20

  • Aneurin Bevan - 869

  • Betsi Cadwaladr - 133

  • Cardiff and Vale - 613

  • Cwm Taf - 329

  • Hywel Dda - 144

  • Powys - 41

  • Swansea Bay - 273

  • Resident outside Wales - 21

  • To be confirmed - 43

It comes as the First Minister announced the Welsh Government will introduce a new law compelling employers in Wales to keep their workers two metres apart.

Mr Drakeford told a press conference in Cardiff the two-metre distancing regulations would be published later on Friday to come into force on Monday or Tuesday next week.

Mr Drakeford said: "We are going to put into law the two-metre requirement in the workplace, requiring employers to take all reasonable actions to comply with that two-metre rule.

"It's been advice up until now, and now it's going to be part of the regulations.

"We will publish fresh guidance alongside the regulations, and the regulations we will pass today will come into force on Monday evening or Tuesday morning.

"It is simply saying to employers they should put the needs of their workforce first, that their health and wellbeing must be part of their agenda, and the two-metre rule is to protect that."

Meanwhile the Prime Minister Boris Johnson, who is in self-isolation with coronavirus, has pleaded with the public to stay indoors this weekend, as warm weather is expected to hit the UK.

He posted a video to Twitter telling followers he still has Covid-19 symptoms and must stay at home, and urged Britons to continue to do the same.

In the video, he appealed to "everybody thinking about this weekend, and what may be some fine weather" and warned them "please, please stick with the guidance now".