New Covid 19 measures now in force

25 confirmed cases in Wales

New measures to delay the spread of Coronavirus in the Wales and the UK have come into full force. 

Boris Johnson has warned the country is facing the "worst health crisis in a generation."

Anyone who has symptoms of COVID19, such as a continuous cough or high temperature, must now stay at home for seven days.

There are now 25 confirmed cases of the virus in Wales.

Yesterday the Welsh Government accelerated the roll out of a national video consultation service across Wales. 

The web-based service means that patients will be able to remain in self-isolation whilst receiving care from their own GP, face-to-face. 

Dr Robin Howe, Incident Director for the Novel Coronavirus outbreak response at Public Health Wales, said:

“785 people in Wales have been tested for COVID-19.  760 results were negative, and 25 results were positive.

“The public can be assured that Wales and the whole of the UK is prepared for these types of incidents.  Working with our partners in Wales and the UK, we have implemented our planned response, with robust infection control measures in place to protect the health of the public.

“We would encourage people to check the advice for returning travellers, which includes guidance for those returning from Italy, China, Thailand, Japan, South Korea, Hong Kong, Taiwan, Singapore, Malaysia, Macau, Vietnam, Cambodia, Laos, Myanmar, and Iran.

“Members of the public can help protect themselves and others by always carrying tissues, and using them to catch coughs or sneezes.  They should bin the tissue, and to kill the germs, wash their hands with soap and water, or use a sanitiser gel.  This is the best way to slow the spread of most germs, including Novel Coronavirus."

A social care leader is urging people not to not to visit relatives living in care homes in Swansea unless it’s absolutely essential - so they can protect their loved ones from Coronavirus.

Mario Kreft  who is the chair of Care Forum Wales, said care homes were safe havens for elderly and vulnerable people so it was vital to ensure the highest possible standards of infection control.

The Welsh Liberal Democrats have become the latest political party here to postpone their Spring Conference  due to concerns around COVID-19. 

The conference was due to take place next weekend in Swansea.

Public Health Wales are leading on Coronavirus advice and information in Wales. https://phw.nhs.wales/topics/latest-information-on-novel-coronavirus-covid-19/

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