A further seven people die after being diagnosed with coronavirus in Wales

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Seven more people have died after being diagnosed with coronavirus, according to latest figures from Public Health Wales.

It takes the total number of deaths in Wales to 1,254.

There have been 138 new cases, with the total number of people testing positive now reaching 12,984. Public Health Wales say this number is likely to be higher.

It comes as First Minister Mark Drakeford said he was ''hopeful'' an announcement would be made next week on when people could start to see friends and family again.

Speaking at Friday's daily briefing, the first minister said any changes to lockdown restrictions would only be implemented provided they did not compromise people's safety.

Research into a possible vaccine for the virus has reached the next stage with researchers recruiting 500 Welsh health care staff to take part in the next phase.

Public Health Wales will be leading the recruitment of staff aged 18 and over, working within health and care settings at Aneurin Bevan University Health Board.

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