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12 more coronavirus deaths as 355 more cases confirmed in Wales

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There have been 12 more deaths from coronavirus in Wales, bringing the total number of people who have died to 166.

355 more people have tested positive for the virus. There are now 3,197 cases in Wales, although Public Health Wales said the true number of cases is ''likely to be higher.''

More than 14,000 tests have taken place since the outbreak.

Dr Giri Shankar, Incident Director for the Novel Coronavirus outbreak response at Public Health Wales, said

12 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 166. We offer our condolences to families and friends affected.

We know that staying at home can be hard especially when the weather is nice and we want everyone to follow the rules.

– Giri Shankar, Public Health Wales

Numbers of confirmed cases by local health board: 05/03/20

  • Aneurin Bevan - 1020
  • Betsi Cadwaladr - 189
  • Cardiff and Vale - 815
  • Cwm Taf - 479
  • Hywel Dda - 189
  • Powys - 48
  • Swansea Bay - 378
  • Resident outside Wales - 27
  • To be confirmed - 54
More than 1,000 ventilators have been bought for Welsh hospitals. Credit: PA

As the numbers continue to increase, so has the preparation.

On Saturday, the Health Minister said the number of ventilators in Welsh hospitals have more than doubled to meet expected demand.

There are currently 415 ventilators in Welsh hospitals, but a further 1,035 have been bought by NHS Wales.

Vaughan Gething said military planners will also help add around 7,000 extra hospital beds across the country - majority of which will be at the temporary field hospitals.