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Live Reporting

Nicola Bryan, Chris Wood and Rhiannon Beacham

All times stated are UK

  1. Good night

    That’s it from us. We’ll be back with another live page just after 07:00 on Saturday.

    For tonight we’ll leave you with a summary of Friday’s main coronavirus stories from Wales:

    • Twenty-four more people have died with Covid-19 in Wales, making a total of 141
    • There have been 2,466 confirmed cases in Wales, but there are likely to be more as not everyone is being tested
    • New social distancing rules to protect workers during the coronavirus outbreak will become law on Tuesday
    • First Minister Mark Drakeford has urged people not to be tempted by good weather to ignore restrictions on going out
    • Farmers say they are concerned the virus could spread through a rise in people using footpaths
    • Blood donors have been urged to travel to regional hubs as the number of donation sessions is reduced
    • A senior nurse's claims staff were told to walk away from coronavirus patients in cardiac arrest because of protective gear shortages have been denied
    • Cardiff Airport needs more financial assistance from the UK government during the coronavirus pandemic, the Welsh Government has said
  2. Police check bus users are on essential journeys

    South Wales Police says it's "good to see that people are using public transport for essentials only".

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  3. Newport man 'will not get ventilator'

    The family of a man seriously ill in hospital with coronavirus say they are upset after being told he won't get a ventilator if his condition worsens.

    Adrian Monaghan, 62, from Newport, has diabetes and had a kidney transplant last year. He is currently being treated at the Royal Gwent Hospital.

    His family said it was "heart-breaking" for them.

    Aneurin Bevan Health Board said it would make "the right clinical decision" for each patient.

    On Friday there was a total of 869 confirmed cases in the Gwent area- more than anywhere else in Wales - but the health board said the decision was not because of a lack of Intensive Therapy Unit (ITU) beds.

    Adrian Monaghan
  4. One relative rule to minimise risk to district nurses

    A health board is asking people to ensure they only have one relative present when a district nurse is visiting to minimise the risk of exposure.

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  5. Do-you-think-he-saw-us?

    This officer checking residents are complying with coronavirus guidancewas in Townhill, Swansea, couldn't miss this photo opportunity.

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  6. Social distancing 'to become law' on Tuesday

    The two-metre social distancing rules announced earlier will become law in Wales on Tuesday, the first minister has said.

    Mark Drakeford said the move was to ensure employers “put the needs of their workforce first”.

    He said it would apply to any workplace, including homes, where work and repairs are being undertaken and outdoor spaces.

    “It is simply saying to employers that they must put the needs of their workforce first, that their health and their wellbeing must be top of the agenda, and the two-meter rule is there to protect that,” Mr Drakeford said.

    He added businesses could continue to operate “if they comply with the guidance”.

    The new regulations also clarify the arrangements for funerals and crematoriums.

    People can attend funerals if they are the person who has organised the funeral, if they have been invited to attend or are the carer of a person who is attending a funeral.

    But there will be a limit to the number of people who can attend, depending on how many people the venue can accommodate, taking into account the two-metre rule.

  7. Grades allocated using homework, mock exams and 'expertise'

    Teachers are being asked to use their "professional expertise" to allocate grades based on what they think their students would have achieved in this summer's cancelled exams.

    The exams regulator Qualifications Wales has asked teachers to consider homework, mock exams and other records of performance.

    They are being asked to submit grades to the WJEC exam board, as well as ranking learners within each grade.

    The information will help to make sure results are consistent across schools and colleges, the watchdog said.

    The process applies to GCSE, A-level, AS and the Welsh Baccalaureate, but the process for vocational qualifications such as BTEC has not yet been finalised.

  8. Airbus flies in to help NHS with 400,000 surgical masks

    More than 400,000 surgical masks, donated by Airbus to the NHS, have been collected from its wings plant in Flintshire.

    The company has been using its test aircraft to bring large quantities of surgical masks to Europe to support governments in the fight against Covid-19.

    The company’s senior vice president in the UK Katherine Bennett said: “In the last days Airbus has donated millions of face masks to hospitals and public services around Europe.

    "Today's delivery of face masks to Airbus in Broughton will be handed over to the NHS to help the UK in its fight against Covid-19.”

    Welsh Secretary Simon Hart thanked the company.

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  9. Visit Wales... later

    An illustration of the absurdity of the times as tourism promotion agency Visit Wales asks people to stay away from Wales - for the time being at least.

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  10. Debenhams set to appoint administrators

    Some big business news now from the High Street - Debenhams, the department store chain, is facing administration for a second time.

    The retailer is set to appoint administrators as early next week to protect the company against claims from creditors as it tries to restructure its business.

    Debenhams has already closed 22 stores this year and plans to shut a further 28 in 2021.

    However, the coronavirus outbreak has ramped up pressure on the firm.

    The firm has nine outlets in Wales.

    Debenhams store
  11. This mum's sketches might just brighten your day

    In case you missed it - we are loving Angie Stevens's sketches of her three children, husband and pets' daily life in isolation.

    The sketches show her daughters painting a rainbow in the window, her son washing his hands and their dog lying in toilet roll.

    "I try to draw the little things and make a laugh out of them," she said.

    Sketch of children clapping
    Sketch of hand washing
    Sketch of painting rainbows
    Sketch of dog guarding toilet paper
  12. 'End of unforgettable nightmare'

    A couple from Gwynedd who have been confined to their cabin on a cruise ship will now be able to return home after the ship has landed in the USA.

    Mair and Arfon Jones from Llanllyfni in Dyffryn Nantlle, had been on a voyage aboard the MS Zaandam in February.

    But because of strict measures across the Americas, all ports refused to allow the ship to land or let the passengers disembark.

    Authorities in Florida had originally refused permission for the ship to land, but following intervention by US President Donald Trump, it has now docked at the port of Fort Lauderdale.

    Mair and Arfon Jones are now waiting aboard the ship for instructions to catch a plane from Miami to London Heathrow, so that it can return to Dyffryn Nantlle.

    Mair Jones said: "It was a very emotional feeling, sailing ashore at Fort Lauderdale last night, knowing there was a light at the end of the dark tunnel and the end of the unforgettable nightmare."

    Things started to go wrong for passengers after they left the Falklands, as they failed to dock at Punto Arenas in Chile because the country's authorities had refused to allow the pleasure vessel to dock.

    Concerns were mounting that the ship would run out of food and necessary supplies, but smaller ships had been used to transport goods out to the ship as it moored out at sea near the port of Valparaiso in Chile.

    Mair and Arfon Jones
  13. Council temporarily closes cemeteries

    Neath Port Talbot council says its cemeteries are being closed to the public apart from those attending a funeral.

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  14. Llanberis 'awash with tourists'

    A first aid instructor has tweeted North Wales Police asking them to fine the tourists visiting Llanberis in Gwynedd.

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  15. New testing centre to open

    Swiss pharmaceutical firm Roche Diagnostics will run a coronavirus testing laboratory in Wales from next week.

    The firm is aiding the UK-wide programme to increase the number of people being tested for the virus.

    It emerged last Saturday that a deal between Roche and the Welsh government to provide 5,000 extra tests a day had collapsed.

    Roche insisted it had "never had a contract or agreement directly with Wales".

    The new testing facility will use Roche equipment to gather and analyse oral or nasal swabs.

    It will be able to deliver a result in less than three and a half hours.

    Roche Diagnostics managing director for UK and Ireland Geoff Twist said: “Roche Diagnostics has long been a trusted partner to the NHS, working to transform healthcare for patients.

    "More than ever, it is critical that industry works collaboratively with the NHS to help alleviate pressures and provide a solution.

    "We are proud to be able to contribute to the ongoing efforts by helping to increase testing in Wales with the first lab going online next week.”

  16. 'Big shout out' for local hero

    A local businessman has been praised by a health board for helping to turn a care home he once ran into a hospital-standard facility.

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  17. Governments working 'hand in hand'

    Monmouth MP David Davies said that governments across the UK were working together, but admitted "occasionally there might be a failure" to specify if something is England-only or across the four nations.

    "Not everyone is fully aware that we have a devolved system and that the health service is completely separate in Wales," he said.

    Mr Davies said in these "exceptional times" the Welsh Government was working with the other governments of the UK on PPE, also on tests and also on ventilators.

    "Occasionally there might be the odd slip, but what really matters is getting the equipment out there," he added.

    David Davies
  18. Theatre offers free streaming

    Wales Millennium Centre may be closed at the moment but it is offering free streaming of productions.

    More than 200,000 households tuned in live to the first National Theatre at Home screening of of One Man, Two Guvnors on Thursday night.

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