A further five people have died in Wales after testing positive for coronavirus, bringing the total number of confirmed deaths in the country to 1,347.

The Public Health Wales figures showed there have also been 59 new cases of Covid-19 following testing, taking the total number of confirmed cases to 14,054.

It comes as the Welsh Government launches its new contact tracing scheme, which will mean anyone who tests positive for coronavirus will be contacted by a team of contact tracers and asked for the details of the people they have had close contact with while they have had symptoms.

From today people from different households can meet as long as they obey social distancing rules. Credit: PA

Close contact in this instance means someone you have been within 1m of and had a face-to-face-conversation with, had skin-to-skin contact with or have coughed on, or been in other forms of contact with for a minute or longer.

It also includes anyone you have been within 2m of for more than 15 minutes, or someone you have travelled with in a vehicle or sat near on public transport.

All of these contacts will be followed up by the Welsh Government's contact tracing team and asked to self-isolate for 14 days "as a precaution to prevent the virus spreading further."

Dr Giri Shankar from Public Health Wales said further lockdown easements will be dependent on people following the advice of contact tracers, if they are approached, and urged everyone to keep a note of their activity over the coming days and weeks to ensure they can easily recall any contact they have had with others.

He said: “It will be important for everyone to keep a note of their own activity so they can easily remember where they were on a given day, and who they were in contact with, in the event of being contacted as part of tracing.

“If you are asked to self-isolate, you should also comply with this request to prevent further spread of the virus

“Tracers are trained staff and personal information that you provide will handled in line with data protection regulations and will not be shared widely.

“Over the last few weeks, Public Health Wales has been setting up the methods and guidance for how contact tracing will operate. We will continue to work closely to support local health boards and local authorities in delivering contact tracing.

“Today also marks the start of revised lockdown arrangements announced by the Welsh Government last week. From today, people from two different households in the same local area can meet up outdoors, provided they continue to maintain social distancing and strict hand hygiene.

“The announcement adds that, as a general rule, people should not travel more than five miles from home. This will help to reduce the risk of coronavirus spreading as people begin to travel more.

“Revised lockdown arrangements also apply to people in Wales who have been told to ‘shield’ from the virus. From today they will be able to go outside and meet people from another household, provided they keep a two-metre distance.

“Future relaxation of lockdown measures will also be dependent on everyone following advice set out in the ‘Test, Trace, Protect’ strategy, including self-isolating when required."

The breakdown in cases per health board are as follows:

  • Aneurin Bevan Health Board: 2,555

  • Cardiff and Vale Health Board: 2,730

  • Betsi Calwaldr Health Board: 2,787

  • Cwm Taf Health Board: 2,555

  • Hywel Dda Health Board: 1,049

  • Powys Health Board: 285

  • Swansea Bay Health Board: 1,871

  • Unknown: 107

  • Residents outside of Wales: 115

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