Coronavirus in Wales: 450 people tested for COVID 19

3 March 2020

At least 450 people in Wales have been tested for the coronavirus, it has been revealed.

In a press conference, Vaughan Gething and Chief Medical Officer Frank Atherton reveal Wales’ strategy to combat the virus, which has been named COVID 19.

Prime Minister Boris Johnson has also revealed a six-point plan to tackle the virus.

The current number of cases in the UK stands at 51, revealed Health Secretary, Matt Hancock. The number of confirmed cases in Wales still stands at 1.

Here’s how we covered the day’s events live.


A round up of today’s events

16:31pm

Should you be worried about shaking hands?


16:04pm

More on Coronavirus in Wales


15:44pm

Iran mobilises soldiers and volunteers

Iran has mobilised 300,000 soldiers and volunteers after the number of 23 MPs become infected.

The cases have now passed 2,000 and is 835 more than the previous total.

Experts fear Iran’s high ratio of deaths to infections is around 3.3%, which may mean the infection figure is much higher.


15:09pm

Mako Vunipola in self-isolation

The England prop is now out of Saturday’s Wales vs England Six Nations game because he is self-isolating as a coronavirus precaution.

He is not thought to have symptoms of the virus, but had been in Tonga to visit family and had flown through Hong Kong on the way back to England.


15:00pm

South Korea confirms case numbers

South Korea now has the largest number of Coronavirus cases outside China.

The recorded number of cases is now up to 4,812, with 28 dead.


14:15pm

Rishi Sunak gets the message


13:52pm

‘Washing hands better than hand sanitiser’

Matt Hancock says that washing your hands for 20 seconds is much better than hand sanitiser.

Public demand for hand sanitiser is currently so high that shops are selling out and Lidl hand sanitiser is being sold for £16.90 on eBay.


13:40pm

‘Sick pay for NHS staff discussions ongoing’

Matt Hancock, the Health Secretary, is facing questions from Parliament.

He says conversations with the Chief Executive of the NHS are ongoing about sick pay support for low paid hospital workers if they have to self-isolate.

He was asked about this by Nick Smith, Labour MP for Blaenau Gwent.

13:23pm


UK cases rise to 51

Matt Hancock, the UK Secretary of State for Health has confirmed that the number of coronavirus cases in Wales has risen to 51.


12:40pm

Contain, delay, research, mitigate

The UK Government’s plans show four phases of response: contain, delay, research and mitigate.


11:27am

No plans to cancel major events

“There are no plans at the moment to cancel any mass gatherings of big sporting events” says Frank Atherton.

“Any decision on that will be for the future and will be determined by spreading and what the science is telling us.

“At the moment, there’s no reason to cancel any of those kinds of activities.” 


10:59am

First look at the Welsh action plan

Our reporter is at the Welsh Government press conference and has just tweeted a first look at the plan.


10:56am

450 people across Wales tested

Chief Medical Officer for Wales, Frank Atherton, says 450 people across Wales have been tested for coronavirus.

There is still only one confirmed case.


10:51am

‘111 helpline expanded’

The 111 service is now available across Wales for coronavirus advice, says Frank Atherton.

Previously, it has only been accessible in parts of Wales, which did not include Cardiff. It was available in Hywel Dda, Powys, Aneurin Bevan, Swansea Bay, and Cwm Taf Morgannwg Health Boards.

Now, everyone across Wales can contact 111 for coronavirus advice. 


10:43am

PM to reveal UK plan

The measures the Welsh Government is discussing are part of the UK plan, which Boris Johnson will soon be unveiling.


10:33am

How will the NHS cope?

Health Minister, Vaughan Gething AM, says the government is looking at ways to ease pressure on the NHS.

“We are looking at what we might be able to do to stand up and increase capacity, ventilation capacity, and the prospects for treatment that can be brought in their own homes.”


10:18am

“We don’t know if the virus will come back every year” – Chief Medical Officer for Wales


10.12am

Welsh plans same as UK plans

Frank Atherton, Chief Medical Officer for Wales, says Wales is not doing anything differently to combat the virus.

“It is one plan, the disease is not going to act any differently in Wales as it is in Scotland and England”.


10:09am

Live discussion here


10:00am

Welsh government to reveal plans

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