Six more people die with coronavirus in Wales to bring total to 1,260

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The number of people who have died after contracting coronavirus in Wales has reached 1,260 after six more deaths were reported today (Saturday).

Public Health Wales has also announced 185 new confirmed cases of the virus to bring the overall total of confirmed cases to 13,169.

There were 2,161 tests carried out in Wales on Friday, despite testing capacity in being above 5,000.

The number of deaths being reported has been on the decline this week.

The last time reported deaths were this low was on May 11, when just five deaths were recorded by PHW.

Where in Wales are the new cases?

The most new cases reported to PHW were in Wrexham, where 37 people received a positive test in the last 24 hours.

Carmarthenshire is the local authority with the second highest record of new cases with 29 being confirmed, followed by Cardiff at 18 and Rhondda Cynon Taf at 10.

Elsewhere, NHS England has announced 157 new deaths of people who tested positive for Covid-19, bringing the total number of confirmed reported deaths in hospitals in England to 25,545.

Of the 25,545 confirmed reported deaths so far in hospitals in England of people who tested positive for Covid-19, 13,507 (53%) have been people aged 80 and over while 9,814 (38%) were aged 60-79.

In Northern Ireland, the Department of Health has announced one further coronavirus-related death today.

This most recent rise, brings the death toll to 505 as of 10am on Saturday, May 23.

And a further 41 cases have been detected bringing the total number of positive cases of the virus in Northern Ireland to 4,545. In the past 24 hours, 1,183 more individuals have been tested for Covid-19.

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The latest figures were announced on Saturday afternoon following warnings to the public from Welsh NHS boss, Dr Andrew Goodall, not to ruin Wales’ “exceptional efforts” this bank holiday weekend.

He said: “We have seen some exceptional efforts from the NHS to treat people in Wales.

“We don’t want to throw this away over the forthcoming bank holiday weekend and beyond.

“For the time being, the advice remains to stay at home to protect yourself and your loved ones.”

His reminder follows news from First Minister Mark Drakeford who said the Welsh Government will consider some “modest” lockdown easing next week – but only if the public continue to follow current guidelines.

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Speaking on Friday, Mr Drakeford said looking at ways to allow more interactions with family and friends may be one small change that Wales may consider.

Mr Drakeford acknowledged people are missing human contact with family and friends in Wales, but said most people are “on the side of the approach we’re taking“ in not rushing back into things.

The First Minister said the Welsh Government was focusing on this issue and looking at models that could potentially allow people to interact with friends and family.

He said we “are not there yet” in figuring out how this might be delivered, but that the topic “is the most active of our discussions”.

He added he is hopeful the Welsh Government will have something to say on that next week, but it will only be done if it will not put people into harm.



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