Catch up with the Valleys family whose lockdown visit went viral over lack of corned beef

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A woman from Merthyr Tydfil said life under lockdown is beginning to "take a toll" on her elderly parents who are self-isolating at home.

Melanie Lewis has been checking in on her parents, Frances and Bill, and bringing them supplies since lockdown began. A video Melanie took showing her bringing the pair evaporated milk but no corned beef or coffee went viral in March.

Bill and wife Frances have been shielding at home because they are both over 70 and Bill has underlying health issues.

We caught up with them to see how the family are getting on 11 weeks into social isolation.

While 75-year-old Frances has been keeping busy in the garden and cleaning the house, she said they miss having family over and seeing people.

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She is worried about what life will be like when lockdown restrictions start to be eased. She said her and husband Bill are "afraid" and she thinks they will continue to stay in, even when Welsh lockdown policy changes.

It has not just been hard for Frances and Bill. Melanie said she used to go to her parents house for tea or lunch everyday. Now, like so many other families, that interaction is limited to a conversation from the front gate or talking to her father through the window.

Wales is now in its tenth official week of lockdown. Those with underlying health conditions have been advised to stay in their homes at all times. Those over 70 are considered at increased risk from coronavirus but have not been asked to shield at home.

On Friday 29, Welsh Government will announce any changes to those lockdown measures.