First coronavirus death in Wales confirmed after man, 68, dies

The first death from coronavirus in Wales has been confirmed after a 68-year-old man died of the disease.

The man had underlying health conditions and was being treated at Wrexham Maelor Hospital.

Chief Medical Officer for Wales, Dr Frank Atherton, said: “"It is with regret that today I am confirming a patient in Wales has sadly died after contracting Covid-19.

"I offer my sincere condolences to their family and friends and ask that their request for privacy is respected."

Thirty new cases of coronavirus have been diagnosed in Wales bringing the total to 124.

On Monday Dr Giri Shankar, incident director for the coronavirus outbreak response at PHW, said: "We can confirm that 30 new cases have tested positive for novel coronavirus in Wales, bringing the total number of confirmed cases to 124."

He added: "We are working with our partners in the Welsh Government, the wider NHS in Wales and others, now that we have entered the 'delay' phase.

"This is now not just an attempt to contain the disease, as far as possible, but to delay its spread."

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PHW said the residential areas of 12 of Monday's confirmed cases were not yet available, but as of Monday the Swansea local authority area had 23 confirmed cases, Caerphilly and Newport had 14, and the capital Cardiff had 11.

Only the local authority areas of Denbighshire and Gwynedd in North Wales and Merthyr Tydfil in South Wales had not registered a confirmed case. 

Meanwhile, the Wales secretary of the National Education Union Cymru said he welcomed plans to suspend the education inspectorate Estyn from carrying out school inspections during the outbreak.

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Teachers have been advised by school leaders to prepare online lessons for pupils in the event they have to learn from home, but the Welsh Government has said schools will remain open for the time being.

David Evans said: "We welcome the chief inspector's plans to suspend Estyn's activities here in Wales. It is a rapidly developing and challenging time, especially for those working in education.

"Not having to worry about an Estyn inspection will be welcomed by our members.

"We welcome the pragmatic approach of the chief inspector, and hope that schools and colleges will receive all the support they need at this critical time."

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