Coronavirus deaths in Wales jump by 7 in biggest daily rise since outbreak began

A further seven people have died from coronavirus in Wales, taking the country’s death toll to 12, and the UK toll to 240.

Chief Medical Officer for Wales, Dr Frank Atherton, said: “It is with deep sadness I can confirm a further seven deaths of patients in Wales who tested positive for Coronavirus.

“This takes the number of deaths in Wales to 12.

“My thoughts are with their families and friends, and I ask that their privacy is respected at this time.”

Dr Atherton said five of the deaths occurred at the Royal Gwent Hospital, one in Nveil Hall and one in Prince Charles Hospital.

All victims All were in the high-risk category, either over 70 or with underlying health conditions.

It comes after Wales confirmed it largest increase in COVID-19 cases yesterday, which pushed the number of NHS patients with the virus over 4,000.

Yesterday, Dr Chris Williams, incident director for the outbreak response at Public Health Wales, said: “89 new cases have tested positive for coronavirus in Wales, bringing the total number of confirmed cases to 280, although the true number of cases is likely to be higher.

"Coronavirus is now circulating in every part of Wales.

"We are working closely with health boards, NHS 111 and the Welsh Government to develop systems so that NHS Wales and members of the public have appropriate access to testing.

"Based on careful risk assessment, a phased rollout of testing will commence starting with health care workers involved in frontline patient facing clinical care.

"Testing capacity is being expanded and is currently prioritised for patients, health care workers involved in frontline patient facing clinical care, and others where recommended by health board medical directors.

"As our testing capacity increases, further guidance will be issued on those who are eligible for testing.

"Members of the public should follow the latest public health advice.”

Pictures taken last night in Cardiff, Swansea and Newport showed largely deserted streets, though there were still pubs with people in them.

This is despite Boris Johnson implementing strict measures across the country, closing pubs, clubs, theatres and leisure centres, to stop the spread.

Earlier this week, Boris Johnson said London, the most affected area in Britain, is 14 days ahead of the country in terms of transmission.

The changes were welcomed by Brits who urged the Prime Minister to go further than advise social distancing and take drastic action.

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