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Live Reporting

Matt Lloyd, Carys Betteley, Richard Porter and Andy Roberts

All times stated are UK

  1. Friday's key events


    A look back at today's main developments:

    • Another 502 coronavirus cases in Wales are confirmed - the biggest daily increase so far
    • Wales' death toll rises by 29 to 315, a smaller increase than yesterday
    • Prime Minister Boris Johnson is said to be in "good spirits" as he comes out of intensive care
    • Carmarthenshire County Council buys its own protective gear over supply fears
    • Police in Wales vow to enforce new laws as they ramp up checks and patrols over the Easter weekend
    • And the first minister says he offers "no false hope" that the end of lockdown measures will end soon - adding that they may even be tightened

    Thanks for following our updates today - we'll be back with more tomorrow.

  2. Man who claimed to have Covid-19 jailed for coughing at police

    A man has been jailed after coughing at a policeman and telling the officer he had coronavirus.

    Simon Kibble, 29, of Trethomas, Caerphilly, assaulted the officer after throttling his girlfriend in an alcohol-fuelled attack.

    Kibble admitted two charges of common assault and was sentenced to 16 weeks.

    Cardiff Magistrates Court heard the policeman had spoken of how these were "scary times" for frontline officers and a feeling of "heightened anxiety" during the pandemic.

    Judge Shomon Khan said: "Alcohol was an aggravating factor in this deeply unpleasant incident.

    "Coronavirus can bring out the best in people but it can also bring out the worst in the people.

    "This has had a serious impact on the officer and his family."

  3. 'No false hope'

    There should be no false hope that an end to the coronavirus lockdown is around the corner, the first minister says.

    Mark Drakeford told the Welsh Government's daily news conference a meeting next Wednesday would be about how the restrictions continue, not about whether they continue.

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  4. PPE plan unveiled

    A UK government minister has unveiled a new plan to get personal protective equipment (PPE) to those who need it.

    Matt Hancock, the health secretary for England, says there are three strands, the first of which is guidance - about "being clear who needs PPE, when they need it and who does not".

    Giving the daily Downing Street press conference, Mr Hancock said there was enough PPE to go round, but only if it is used within guidance as it is a "precious resource".

    The second strand is the "Herculean logistical effort" to distribute.

    He says 742 million pieces of PPE have been delivered to the front line, but over the next three weeks, an online portal will launch so primary care and social care can request what they need.

    Finally, Mr Hancock says it is about supply, appealing to British companies to help create PPE "on an unprecedented scale".

    Matt Hancock
  5. Candle lit every day

    Euryl Howells
    Image caption: Euryl Howells lights a candle every day

    Every day at noon, the lead chaplain at Hywel Dda University Health Board lights a candle at Glangwili Hospital in Carmarthen.

    Euryl Howells hopes his gesture will offer hope at a dark time.

    He said the hardest part of his job now is balancing the way he offers support to patients with social distancing rules and safety.

    "I think it's really important to reassure that people are not dying alone," Mr Howells said.

    "If there was a need and if it was possible, then we would be there, with the consent of the family and the patient.

    "We have spent time over the last weeks speaking to relatives at a distance - reassuring them, listening to their concerns and hopefully giving them just a little bit of comfort."

    Mr Howells says he will continue to light a candle every day until the coronavirus crisis is over.

  6. Watersports 'reliant' on summer trade

    "If this carries on and the lockdown doesn't stop before the summer holidays, our reserves will be gone," says Ceri Davies, manager of Oxwich Watersports on Gower.

    Like many of Wales' seasonal businesses, the company is totally reliant on spring and summer trade.

    "We work very long hours during the summer season, to compensate for the lack of hours that we work over the winter," Mr Davies said.

    "We still have to pay for insurance and rent all year round."

    Mr Davies and his instructors take hundreds of people out to sea on kayaks and paddle-boards every day during the summer, but say they are ineligible for the Welsh Government's small business grant of £10,000.

    A government spokesperson said they had launched a different fund for ineligible businesses.

    Image caption: Watersports companies are completely reliant on summer trade
  7. Cricketers' virtual classrooms

    With the women's T20 league suspended until further notice, Cricket Wales and Glamorgan Cricket have set up a virtual classroom for its cricketers - and their dogs.

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  8. Biker on 'ride out' stopped

    A biker was stopped on the A55 near Bangor after deciding to have a "ride out" from Chester.

    Police said the rider was reported for the unnecessary journey, and for not displaying L plates.

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  9. 'Boost' for Wales tourism after lockdown

    Skysea campsite

    People will want to holiday in Wales once the lockdown is over, a campsite owner says.

    Rob Grove, owner of the Skysea campsite in Gower, said he felt optimistic despite losing business due to the coronavirus lockdown.

    "Moving forward, if we're opening in the beginning of June then I foresee us being very busy," he said.

    "People will be very, very anxious to get out and about. People who've got caravans or tents, they are going to want to get out and use them, and I think after being locked up for several weeks are going to appreciate them that much more. "

    Mr Grove believes people will feel safer staying closer to home.

    "I think people are going to be very fearful of booking European holidays and holidays further afield really," he said.

  10. The picture across Wales

    Here's the picture across Wales on Friday after Public Health Wales reported the biggest jump in new cases in one day since the start of the outbreak.

    A map showing the number of cases across Wales
  11. 'We know that staying at home can be hard'

    Another 29 deaths of people with coronavirus in Wales have been confirmed, taking the total to 315.

    Public Health Wales also said there were another 502 confirmed cases of Covid-19 - the biggest daily increase announced so far - taking the total to 4,591.

    However, the additional number of deaths is lower than the record 41 announced yesterday.

    Dr Robin Howe, incident director for Covid-19 at Public Health Wales, said: “We want to thank each and every person across Wales for doing their bit to help slow the spread of the virus.

    “We know that staying at home can be hard especially when the weather is nice, but members of the public must adhere to social distancing rules about staying at home, and away from others, introduced by the UK and Welsh Government.

    "These rules are available on the Public Health Wales website."

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  12. Big jump in the number of cases

    Another 502 cases of coronavirus in Wales have been confirmed, the biggest daily increase of the outbreak so far.

    Public Health Wales said yesterday's total of 16 was untypically low because it only covered a six-hour period rather than 24 hours, as the authority changes the time period being covered in the daily announcement.

    Number of confirmed cases of coronavirus in Wales by date announced
  13. How the death toll has risen over time

    Another 29 deaths linked to coronavirus in Wales have been confirmed, taking the total to 315.

    This was a fall from the 41 additional deaths announced on Thursday.

    Deaths in Wales from coronavirus
  14. Breaking29 more coronavirus deaths in Wales

    There have been 29 more people with coronavirus who have died in Wales, according to Public Health Wales.

    It takes the total number of deaths since the start of the virus pandemic to 315.

    There were another 502 cases, taking the total to 4,591. However the real figure is thought to be far more as not everyone has been tested.

    The coronavirus
  15. Food parcels begin reaching vulnerable in Neath Port Talbot

    volunteers with food

    Food parcels have begun reaching vulnerable residents shielding themselves from coronavirus in Neath Port Talbot.

    It’s all part of the local authority's new service which arranges support particularly for people without the help of close family or friends.

    Since launching an appeal last week, the council says over 500 volunteers have come forward in the first few days and more than 600 residents have already benefited.

    Council leader Rob Jones said: “Our aim is to be here for people, and by working together, we can make this challenging and uncertain time a bit easier for everyone.”

  16. Post update

    Quote Message: I don't want anybody to be fined because I want everybody to do the right thing. I don't think fines are a sign of success, fines are a sign of people not doing what we want them to do. from First Minister Mark Drakeford
    First Minister Mark Drakeford
  17. Police will get more powers 'if needed', says FM

    Police at roadblock

    Police forces in Wales insist they have the powers to deal with people ignoring guidelines to stay at home, the first minister says.

    Mark Drakeford said chief constables in Wales told him they can deal with those taking unnecessary journeys, such as travelling to second homes.

    However he added that if police ask for greater measures during the coronavirus pandemic, "they will get those powers".

    "If they think that the penalties are not sufficient we will look at the penalties as well," he said.

    Plaid Cymru leader Adam Price has called for £1,000 fines for those repeatedly ignoring the ban on non-essential travel as a "real deterrent".

    Police in Wales have the same powers of arrest as counterparts in England but the fining guidelines differ and are much lower in Wales.

    Police in England can issue fines of up to £960 for repeat offences.

  18. 'We don't have the luxury of planning' admits first minister

    face mask

    The Welsh Government "doesn't have the luxury" of being able to plan ahead for providing personal protective equipment (PPE) to local authorities, the first minister has said.

    The comments come as Carmarthenshire council said it was procuring its own PPE due to a "lack of transparency" around Welsh Government supplies.

    Council leader Emlyn Doe said not knowing what equipment would be provided by the government from one week to the next made it difficult to plan ahead.

    Speaking at the Welsh Government's daily coronavirus briefing, Mark Drakeford said: "We don't have the luxury that we have in other times of long planning and lead in times.

    "Most local authority leaders understand that we are all doing this under extreme conditions where the normal ability to provide information, notice, time to plan is not available to any one of us."

    The Welsh Local Government Association has also said that supplies of PPE to front-line workers has been a "significant concern" to councils and there have been issues over "availability and completeness of supplies".

  19. Lockdown rules 'could be tightened'

    A review of the current lockdown regulations could lead to tighter restrictions being put in place, the first minister has admitted.

    Mark Drakeford said: “The review of the regulations could lead to a tightening; it’s an open review.

    "Personally I hope they don’t need to be further tightened; they are already onerous.”