The 96 year-old passed away at Morriston Hospital
An elderly man being treated in Morriston hospital has become the latest person confirmed to have died of Coronavirus in Wales.
He is understood to have passed away at Morriston Hospital.
The Chief Medical Officer for Wales, Dr Frank Atherton said:
“I’m sorry to report that a second patient in Wales who tested positive for Covid-19 has sadly died. I offer my sincere condolences to their family and friends and ask that their request for privacy is respected.
“The patient, who had underlying health conditions, was 96 years old and was being treated at the Morriston Hospital.”
A person at Wrexham Maelor Hospital was the first person in Wales confirmed to have died after testing positive for COVID 19 yesterday.
Dr Giri Shankar, Incident Director for the Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak response at Public Health Wales, said:
“The Chief Medical Officer has today confirmed the death of a second Welsh resident who had tested positive for Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19). Public Health Wales offer our sincere condolences to family and friends affected by this loss.
“We can confirm that this is the second death in Wales from Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19) infection. The individual, who was in their nineties and had underlying health conditions, sadly passed away at Morriston Hospital in Swansea.
“No further details regarding this individual will be released, and we ask those reporting on the situation to respect patient confidentiality.
“12 new cases have today tested positive for Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19) in Wales, bringing the total number of confirmed cases to 136. As we are currently only testing within hospitals, this is likely to underestimate the true number of cases.
“People no longer need to contact NHS 111 if they think they may have contracted Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19). People with a fever or persistent cough should stay at home for seven days if they live alone, or 14 days if they live with others. Anyone who lives with someone displaying coronavirus symptoms should also stay at home for 14 days. They should not go to a GP surgery, pharmacy or hospital.
“They should only contact NHS 111 if they feel they cannot cope with their symptoms at home, their condition gets worse, or their symptoms do not get better after seven days.
“The public has a crucial role to play in containing the spread of the virus, and we are encouraging people to wash their hands more often, and for 20 seconds. Use soap and water or a hand sanitiser when you get home or into work, blow your nose, sneeze or cough, eat or handle food. This advice will help you to protect yourself and others.”
Meanwhile the Welsh Local Government Minister and head of the Welsh Government Association have released a joint statement.
Jullie James and Cllr Andrew Morgan said:
“We are facing a serious public health emergency, which has the potential to affect large numbers of people across Wales and to cause major disruption to normal daily life.
“We know people are worried. If we work together we can overcome challenges together.
“Local government services are at the heart of every community in Wales. They are relied on by children, adults and the elderly every day in every part of Wales. The coronavirus outbreak will have an impact on public services – as demand for key services will increase but there will be fewer people providing them.
“We are working together to respond to the coronavirus outbreak. The Welsh Government is committed to ensuring local government has the support and resources it needs as we face this outbreak together.”
Wales's Heath Minister Vaughan Gething is currently self isolating according to Public Health Wales advice after his son developed a cough.
Minister for Health and Social Services @vaughangething is self-isolating for 14 days as his son is not well, in line with our advice.— Welsh Government (@WelshGovernment) March 17, 2020
The Minister is continuing to lead the #NHSWales response from home. #CoronavirusUK pic.twitter.com/JChSzhwUaq