Coronavirus updates live: 14 more people die in Wales


Another 14 people died from coronavirus, bringing the death toll in Wales to 997 on Monday.

Wales Public Health has reported that the total number of cases now stands at 10,524 after the confirmation of 195 cases in the past 24 hours.

Earlier on Monday afternoon, Prime Minister of Wales Mark Drakeford gave figures showing that Wales had passed the peak of coronavirus cases at the Welsh daily briefing.

Drakeford said the number of people hospitalized with a coronavirus fell to nearly 1,000 from more than 1,300 on April 23.

He also raised concerns about the reopening of the school next month, saying that no date has yet been set and that this will only be done when he is sure.

He said the schools would be opened “prudently and measured with new safeguards built into the system”.

He told parents, “We will not ask you to send your child to school until we can tell you that we have thought about these things and put these measures in place. “

And he suggested that parents should not be punished – usually by fines – for refusing to send their children back to school when they reopen.

He said, “We will have to move by persuasion to convince people that we have done the right things and that their child will be safe.”

Monday’s figures are slightly higher than those reported on Sunday, when Wales Public Health confirmed that 174 people had been diagnosed with coronavirus in Wales.

After a total of 44 deaths reported on Saturday – one of the largest daily increases in the number of deaths – Wales has now had two consecutive days where the number of confirmed deaths has been 14.

Speaking to the BBC’s Andrew Marr on Sunday, Mark Drakeford revealed his plans for a “gradual” return of children across Wales.

This comes as a Welsh consultant warned that the coronavirus crisis is “far from over” and that the most dangerous peak could occur in October.

Dr. David Hepburn, who works at the Royal Gwent Hospital in Newport, became famous when he spoke publicly after contracting the coronavirus himself.

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