Public Health Wales reveal 13 new COVID 19 cases here

Two are in Neath Port Talbot and one in Swansea

We've had the latest from Public Health Wales on the Coronavirus outbreak here, and there are 13 new cases, bringing the Welsh total to 38.

Dr Robin Howe, Incident Director for the Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak response at Public Health Wales, said:

“The process of identifying and contacting close contacts of the new cases is underway, and we are taking all appropriate actions to protect the public’s health.

“The local authority locations of the new cases are:

Three in Caerphilly local authority area
Two cases in Neath Port Talbot local authority area
Two in Monmouthshire local authority area
One in Flintshire local authority area
One in Swansea local authority area
One in Newport local authority area
One in Cardiff local authority area
One in Wrexham local authority area
One in Blaenau Gwent local authority area
“All patients are being managed in clinically appropriate settings based on the assessment of a specialist infectious disease consultant.

“No further details regarding these individuals will be released, and we ask those reporting on the situation to respect patient confidentiality.

“Public Health Wales is working with our partners in the Welsh Government, the wider NHS in Wales, and others now that we have entered the delay phase of the UK Coronavirus Action Plan. This is now not just an attempt to contain the disease, as far as possible, but to delay its spread.

“The most common symptoms of Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19) are recent onset of a new continuous cough, and/or a high temperature.

“For most people, Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19) will be a mild infection. If you have symptoms of coronavirus infection, however mild, stay at home and do not leave your house for seven days from when your symptoms started. This action will help protect others in your community whilst you are infectious.

“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.”

“As of 12 March 2020, 945 people in Wales have been tested for Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19).

The number of confirmed cases of Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19) in the UK, and the number of tests undertaken in the UK, are available from Department of Health and Social Care and Public Health

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