Prime Minister Mark Drakeford has warned that the number of deaths will continue to increase over the next month, which will put enormous pressure on our health and social services.
Wales Public Health has also confirmed that 345 more people have now tested positive for Covid-19 since the start of the epidemic, bringing the total to 2,466.
However, as only front-line staff and critically ill patients in the hospital are currently being tested, this figure is likely to be much higher as “healthy” people with self-isolated symptoms.
Across the UK, the death toll rose from 684 – a new daily record – to 3,605. At 9:00 am this morning, 38,169 patients were positive.
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Number of cases confirmed by local health council
|Health Council||New cases||Cumulative cases|
|Cardiff and Vale||86||613|
|Resident outside Wales||4||21|
Dr. Robin Howe, incident manager for the new coronavirus (Covid-19) outbreak at Public Health Wales, said: “345 new cases have tested positive for the new coronavirus (Covid-19) in the country Wales, bringing the total number of confirmed cases to 2,466, although the actual number of cases is likely to be higher.
“Another 24 deaths have been reported from people who tested positive for the new coronavirus (Covid-19), bringing the number of deaths in Wales to 141.
“We offer our condolences to the families and friends concerned, and we ask those who report the situation to respect patient confidentiality. “
“Public health in Wales has performed more than 10,000 tests for the new coronavirus (Covid-19) since the start of this epidemic, including over 1,500 healthcare professionals.”
Prime Minister Mark Drakeford, who spoke to the press on Friday at Cathays Park in Cardiff, called on Wales businesses and businesses to join the effort to build more Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) for front-line health and social care staff.
“I would like to sincerely thank the companies that have made offers of PPE to us and that respond to offers as quickly as possible. But we want and we need more, ”he said.
“I call on our companies to help us. Let’s restart the factory lines to protect our NHS staff. ”
He added that 1,100 tests for Covid-19 are currently being performed per day on NHS staff – less than 2% of the total workforce – but that this would be increased to 5,000 by mid-April and to 9,000 for the rest of April. .
Asked how fans are bought for those who need them in Wales, Mr Drakeford said: “We are part of a British buying consortium which I think is a good thing because we have more power in the market. We will be more successful together. ”
But he added that the fans would continue to be made in Wales.
“Airbus uses the advanced manufacturing center to manufacture fans,” he added.
He said temporary morgues should be set up in Wales to cope with a wave of deaths linked to Covid-19.
He admitted that the mortuary capacity in the Welsh NHS will not be able to cope with the “extraordinary pressures” of the virus.
“We are planning across Wales with the NHS, our local government colleagues and people working in the funeral industry to find temporary capacity because we know it will be needed,” he said. he declares.
He added that all these dramatic and unprecedented measures must be motivated “by a continuing determination to respect the human dignity of all those who are caught in these most difficult circumstances”.
Drakeford added that the funeral regulations will be relaxed. He said that an “arbitrary figure” should not be put on the number of people expected to attend a funeral due to the difference in size and space of each church, chapel and crematorium.
“He must be safe and judged on the ground,” he said.
“But we’re changing the rules to say that once you know how many people can attend the funeral, it’s up to the family to decide who they should be.” “
Drakeford then confirmed that about 30% of the 1,500 NHS workers tested for Covid-19 were positive.
He said it was difficult to predict when the peak will occur in Wales as the progression of the disease is different in different parts of Wales.
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Finally, he urged the public to avoid going out this weekend even if the weather was forecast sunny.
“I fully understand the demand we make of people, and as every day the frustrations it brings will grow. We always said that people could go out into their gardens and exercise, “he said.
“I tell the people of Wales that now is not the time to break the restrictions.
“We are committed to reviewing the restrictions and will publish the revised regulations today, but by the start of next week we have to make a decision on what will happen after Easter Tuesday. “