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Live Reporting

Matt Lloyd, Rachel Flint and Ben Frampton

All times stated are UK

  1. Goodnight

    That's it from the live updates team today - we'll be back with the latest news and developments from shortly after 6am tomorrow.

  2. Tuesday's headlines

    Here are the key developments in Wales on the coronavirus outbreak that we've reported today:

    • Public Health Wales announced seven more people have died in Wales after testing positive for Covid-19, taking the total number of deaths to 69
    • Wales' Health Minister Vaughan Gething said a deal for a company to provide 5,000 extra coronavirus tests a day – which later collapsed - would have made an “early difference”
    • More than 1,300 former NHS workers have answered the call to come back and help the health and care sector amid the pandemic
    • Assembly Members’ pay is to be frozen for six months while Wales rugby head coach Wayne Pivac and Welsh Rugby Union chief executive Martyn Phillips will each take a 25% pay cut
  3. 'Reluctant' council workers must accept redeployment

    People working for Monmouthshire council have been told there will be “no opt-outs” for re-deployment to critical areas.

    The council has redeployed grounds maintenance teams to support bin collection services.

    Council chief executive Paul Matthews says the “vast majority” of staff “can’t wait to be involved” but there have been a few who have been “reluctant” to temporarily change roles.

    In an email to all staff and councillors, seen by the Local Democracy Reporting Service, Mr Matthews says the next week “will see us through the most radical deconstruction and re-assembly of a public service organisation in 80 years.”

    Black bags
  4. Praise for NHS nurses on the front line

    Intensive care nurses have been thanked by a health board for being on the front line against coronavirus.

    Aneurin Bevan health board tweeted a picture of the nurses, kitted out in masks and gloves.

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  5. Tribute to 'heart of gold' taxi driver

    A former taxi driver with a "heart of gold" died after contracting coronavirus, his friend has said.

    Graham Bright, 76, who ran a taxi business in Ebbw Vale died in hospital on Friday night, Kevin Windross said.

    He said Mr Bright collapsed on 21 March and was taken to Nevill Hall Hospital in Abergavenny where a test confirmed he had Covid-19.

    Mr Windross, who worked for Brighties Taxis for 13 years, added.“He was a well-known figure in Ebbw Vale and had a heart of gold.

    "In normal times the taxi drivers of Ebbw Vale would follow to the funeral, but that can’t happen,”

    Mr Windross's ex-wife Lisa Sidoni said his death had come as a "complete shock" and she had helped to re-home his much-loved black Labrador called Buster.

  6. Three Swansea prisoners test positive

    Swansea prison

    Three inmates at Swansea prison have tested positive for coronavirus, a union leader has said.

    Mark Fairhurst, of the Prison Officers’ Association (POA), said the inmates who tested positive for Covid-19 were being kept in their cells, in line with government advice.

    Other prisoners are also being tested, he added.

    New measures have been rolled out to deal with potential outbreaks within prisons in response to the pandemic, including closing off gyms and libraries, and stopping all visits.

    Meanwhile pregnant women who do not pose a high risk of harm to the public are to be temporarily released from prison, the UK government has announced.

    Mothers in special units with young babies will also be released, subject to a risk assessment, under the move which applies in England and Wales.

  7. GP surgery apology over 'do not resuscitate' forms

    A GP surgery has apologised after sending a letter asking patients with life-limiting illnesses to complete a "do not resuscitate" form.

    A letter, which appears to be from Llynfi surgery, in Maesteg, asks people to complete the form to ensure emergency services would not be called if their condition deteriorates due to coronavirus.

    The letter says in an “ideal situation” doctors would have had this conversation in person but had written to them due to fears they are carrying the virus and were asymptomatic.

    “We will not abandon you,” it said. “But we need to be frank and realistic."

    According to the Guardian newspaper, the letter was sent to a small number of patients and the staff at the surgery were apologising directly to those who had received it.

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  8. Wrexham's National League suspended indefinitely

    The Racecourse ground in Wrexham

    More disruption to Welsh football clubs and this time it's Wrexham, as the National League announces it has been suspended indefinitely.

    The competition had been originally postponed until 3 April but that has now been extended following a board meeting today.

    It comes after all non-league football in steps three to seven was ended immediately on Thursday with no promotion or relegation.

    The National League said it was looking at "how best to conclude" the season.

    Wrexham are currently 20th in the table, one place clear of the relegation zone with nine games left this season.

  9. 'She's worth her weight in gold'

    A young farmer concerned about people living miles from anyone else, has taken matters into her own hands.

    Gemma Owen is one of a number of young people delivering shopping and prescriptions to residents in Aberhafesp, Powys.

    She said many of the people were isolated and may not see another person for days.

    "Even just to see one of us, it probably gives a bit of a boost to all those that are isolating," she said.

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  10. BreakingBoy, 13, dies after testing positive for virus

    A 13-year-old boy from London has died after testing positive for coronavirus, King's College Hospital has said.

    "Sadly, a 13-year old boy who tested positive for Covid-19 has passed away, and our thoughts and condolences are with the family at this time," a spokesman for the hospital said.

    "The death has been referred to the coroner and no further comment will be made."

  11. Concern over 'lack of PPE' for bus drivers

    Complaints that bus drivers do not have access to personal protective equipment have been raised by a Welsh MP.

    Liz Saville Roberts, the Plaid Cymru member for Dwyfor Meirionnydd, said passengers were concerned that drivers in that area were not wearing masks and did not have hand sanitiser.

    A Gwynedd shopkeeper, who did not want to be named, said some Arriva drivers had told him they were buying their own disinfectant and cleaning the buses themselves.

    Arriva said the safety of staff and customers was their "top priority" and said all buses and facilities were being "thoroughly cleaned daily".

    Bus driver
  12. Pregnant prisoners to be temporarily released

    Pregnant women who do not pose a high risk of harm to the public are to be temporarily released from prison, the UK government has announced.

    Mothers in special units with young babies will also be released, subject to a risk assessment, under the move which applies in England and Wales.

    They will have to stay at home and wear a tag where appropriate, and could be recalled to prison if conditions are breached.

    While there are currently no female prisons in Wales, the move will apply to Welsh women held in English jails.

    Woman in handcuffs
  13. Back to school to make NHS visors

    Imagine going back to your old school to make equipment to protect doctors and nurses from coronavirus.

    That's exactly what lIan Davies has done.

    He's gone back to his old high school - Ysgol y Berwyn, in Bala, Gwynedd, now known as Ysgol Godre’r Berwyn - to create face visors with their 3D printers.

    A number of companies in north Wales are using the printers to create personal protection equipment for NHS staff, which will be distributed on Friday.

    "I want to help the community. Things are dark at the moment and I want to help," said Mr Davies.

    Ilan Davies
  14. Home abortions approved during outbreak

    Women in Wales will be able to access a home abortion service during the coronavirus pandemic.

    Those wanting to terminate an early pregnancy will be prescribed two pills to take at home, rather than going to a hospital or clinic.

    The Welsh Government hopes this will limit the risk of exposure to the virus.

    The prescription will follow a remote consultation with a medical practitioner via video link or telephone.

    Hand with two pills in it
  15. People still fly-tipping during lockdown

    Conwy council has tweeted pictures of fly-tipped rubbish, asking those responsible: "With more police out on the road – how will you explain yourself?"

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  16. 290-bed field hospital in Vale Resort

    A field hospital is being built at a rugby training ground at the Vale Resort to help ease pressure on the NHS.

    The makeshift wards will provide 290 additional beds for patients in the Cwm Taf health board area during the pandemic.

    The hospital is being built in the indoor training ground at the resort in Hensol, Vale of Glamorgan, with the support of the military.

    The health board said it hoped to announce two further sites for field hospitals soon.

    Cwm Taf CEO Dr Sharon Hopkins said: “The field hospitals will be vitally important in providing care to patients and communities in the coming weeks and months."

    Vale Resort indoor training ground
  17. Fire service attends 82 deliberate fires in a month

    Mid and West Wales Fire and Rescue Service says 82 of the 123 grass fires it attended this month were started deliberately

    It says smoke can worsen respiratory issues and asked people to stay at home.

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  18. Carers 'running out of equipment' after flood damage

    A care company has warned they only have two weeks' supply of protective equipment left after losing much of their stock in last month's floods.

    Heritage Healthcare said a month’s supply of gloves and aprons was destroyed when the basement of its office in Taff's Well, Rhondda Cynon Taff, flooded.

    Managing director Jameela Kotawala says suppliers are struggling to meet demand and has warned their carers cannot enter homes where people have symptoms of Covid-19 without the equipment.

    "We will have a fit workforce waiting to go out and provide care - but they can’t," she said.

    "Not because they are ill or in self-isolation but because of lack of PPE. That would be an absolute shame.

    "I just hope local authorities and everyone get to me as quick as possible."

    Cardiff Council has put the company on an emergency list for equipment.

    Jameela Kotawala