Coronavirus updates live: UK government announces three-week lockout extension

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Downing Street held its last briefing this evening and Foreign Minister Dominic Raab confirmed a three-week extension of the foreclosure.

Prime Minister Mark Drakeford had already confirmed a three-week lockout extension in Wales this afternoon.

Today, the British government held a Cobra committee with the four countries as an initial three-week lockout period ended.

Welsh government officials have previously said that the foreclosure will continue in Wales, regardless of the decisions of other nations.

Prime Minister Mark Drakeford has said that he will only relax social distancing “when the evidence shows it is safe” – and that Wales’ decision will not depend on the decisions of other nations.

“We will do the right thing for Wales when it is good for Wales and we will not do it by looking over our shoulders at what others are doing,” he said.

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The Welsh government said it was “too early to say” if the country had reached its peak, with 32 more deaths confirmed today (April 16).

According to Public Health Wales, the death toll is now close to 500 – 495 – and 6,401 cases of the virus have been confirmed.

Speaking at a Welsh government press conference this afternoon, Dr. Andrew Goodall, Director General of NHS Wales, said that all boards of health in the country are reporting level one status, which means that ‘They are able to manage the demand for their services.

And almost half of all intensive care beds in Wales remain vacant, amid “encouraging signs” for the epidemic, added Dr Goodall.

He said there are currently 940 people with confirmed cases of Covid-19 in the hospital and 395 suspected cases, or 1,335 in total.

10,000 hospital and community beds are regularly available every day, he said, and about 46% – or 3,100 – of acute care hospital beds are empty.

Although cases continue to increase, he said the recently opened Dragon Heart Hospital in Cardiff has yet to receive any patients.

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