Ten further coronavirus deaths in Wales brings death toll to 1,466

There have been 10 further deaths from the virus in Wales. Credit: PA

Ten more people have died after testing positive for coronavirus in Wales, with 53 new cases reported.

The latest figures, released by Public Health Wales, show 1,466 people have now died after contracting COVID-19.

The number of people who have now tested positive for coronavirus across Wales is 14,922.

The latest figures come as the Welsh Government defended the decision not to reopen non-essential retail this week.

In England, a number of non-essential shops were allowed to open from Monday as long as social distancing was maintained.

First Minister Mark Drakeford had previously said that he didn't believe people were looking over the border to England with jealousy.

At his press conference on Monday, Mr Drakeford said the restrictions were being lifted in a 'careful, sequenced way' because coronavirus is still present.

The figures show that there were 1,923 Covid-19 tests carried out in Wales yesterday, taking the total number of tests now carried out to 141,870.