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Live Reporting

Caleb Spencer and Rhiannon Beacham

All times stated are UK

  1. Good night

    Thanks for checking in to stay up to date with the latest coronavirus news in Wales on bank holiday Monday. That's it from us, but you can join us again shortly after 06:00 BST on Tuesday.

    Here's a recap of the biggest developments of the day:

    • The number of people who have died from Covid-19 in Wales has risen by 15 to 384, Monday's figures from Public Health Wales show. Another 313 confirmed new cases brought the total in Wales to 5,610, although the true number is likely to be higher as many with symptoms are not tested.
    • A drive-in testing centre for key workers at the Cardiff City Stadium was shut on bank holiday Monday, prompting criticism from opposition politicians. The Welsh Government hit back, claiming it showed a "complete lack of understanding of how the system worked".
    • Unions are seeing "horror stories" over a lack of personal protective equipment (PPE) for NHS staff, an official said. The Welsh Government said it was working "very hard" to make sure all key workers are adequately protected, adding it had "distributed more than 10.4 million items of PPE".
  2. Ventilator approved by regulators

    The Covid CPAP machine

    UPDATE 14 April 2020: It was subsequently confirmed to BBC Wales news that the device has not been approved by the MHPRA

    A new type of ventilator developed in Wales to treat coronavirus patients has been approved by regulators.

    The device was designed and developed by senior consultant Dr Rhys Thomas, of Glangwili Hospital in Carmarthenshire, in collaboration with Maurice Clarke of CR Clarke & Co, an engineering company in Ammanford.

    The Covid CPAP [continuous positive airway pressure] machine, which helps patients breathe more easily and will undergo clinical trials, was approved by the Medicines and Healthcare Products Regulatory Agency.

    “This is a fantastic example of medical and technical expertise coming together at a critical time to meet the formidable challenge of dealing with this terrible virus," said Carmarthenshire council leader Emlyn Dole.

    And Prof Keir Lewis, respiratory lead for Hywel Dda University Health Board, added: “This potentially promising CPAP machine now has the appropriate plans and support across Wales to undergo a rapid and careful evaluation with patients and we await the outcome of these trials with interest.”

  3. Max Boyce shares 'beautiful' poem

    Legendary Welsh comedian, singer and entertainer Max Boyce has shared a poem called When Just the Tide Went Out.

    "We hope it brings a smile to your face, and keeps you safe," a tweet from Boyce's Twitter account read.

    View more on twitter
  4. Welsh virus response 'risks devolution questions'

    Mark Drakeford, FM

    The response to the coronavirus in Wales could raise "questions about the value of devolution", Welsh Labour members have said.

    Welsh Labour Grassroots criticised ministers in Cardiff for being "largely in lockstep with the UK government".

    The group, on the party's left, raised concerns around the supply of tests and personal protective equipment.

    First Minister Mark Drakeford said in response he agreed it was important Wales had its own approach.

  5. NHS virtual choir tuning up for online rehearsal

    A virtual choir made up of NHS staff from across Wales are tuning up for a rehearsal on Monday evening.

    The Hospital Notes Choir tweeted a video of the group singing Journey's Don't Stop Believin' on a Zoom meeting last week.

    The group, which welcomes any keyworkers, said: "We are looking forward to our @Zoom_US rehearsal this evening with our #ChoirFamily. Here is a little taster of the fun we had last week!"

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  6. UK government 'reviewing mask guidance'

    A masked woman

    Could the UK government change its guidance about wearing masks outdoors?

    That was the question asked by the BBC's David Shukman at today's UK government virus briefing, as more countries introduce recommendations to wear them outside.

    Sir Patrick Vallance, the UK government's chief scientific adviser, said it would change its mind if the evidence showed it was the right thing to do.

    He said there was a review ongoing at the moment over evidence on the impact of wearing masks, and said they had already seen "more persuasive" data to show that it stopped you passing on the virus, rather than catching it.

    But the advice has yet to change, he added.

    Earlier on Monday, World Health Organization special envoy Dr David Nabarro has suggested that more widespread use of masks will become "the norm".

  7. 'Complete lack of understanding'

    Cardiff City Stadium testing centre

    Criticism of the decision to shut a drive-in testing centre for key workers on Bank Holiday Monday shows a "complete lack of understanding of how the system works", the Welsh Government has said.

    Public Health Wales said the closure of the testing centre at the Cardiff City Stadium was due to the "low number of key workers anticipated to be working" that day.

    The move sparked indignation from Plaid Cymru and the Welsh Conservatives.

    In response, a Welsh Government spokesman said: "Key workers can’t just turn up to this centre, they have to be booked in.

    "Because of the small number booked in for today, they were all tested yesterday instead.

    "Testing happens in a variety of locations and we now have a capacity to test up to 1,300 a day.”

  8. Welsh Government welcomes new cash but calls for more money

    The Welsh Government has welcomed an announcement of a further £350m from the UK's Chancellor Rishi Sunak.

    But it called for further cash.

    “This latest consequential is welcome but, as the pandemic progresses, we will need further funding from the UK government to meet the costs associated with responding to this virus and longer-term support to rapidly rebuild the Welsh economy to pre-coronavirus levels," a spokesperson said.

  9. Work continues on Cardiff field hospital

    Inside Dragon's Heart Hospital

    Work continued today on Dragon's Heart Hospital, a 2,000-bed field hospital being built at Cardiff's Principality Stadium, as these pictures show..

    About 300 beds were released to Cardiff and Vale University Health Board on Sunday.

    Inside  Dragon's Heart Hospital
    Inside Dragon's Heart Hospital

    Hundreds have been employed to either work at the hospital or backfill at Cardiff's University Hospital of Wales to replace relocating staff.

    The hospital will have a mobile x-ray, CT scanners and an end-of-life pathway - care for people in the last weeks or days of their life.

  10. Decision to shut testing centre 'very strange'

    Andrew RT Davies

    The decision to close a Codiv-19 testing centre for key workers on Bank Holiday Monday appears "very strange", an AM has said.

    Welsh Tory Andrew RT Davies added his voice to those criticising the decision to shut the testing centre at Cardiff City Stadium on Monday.

    Public Health Wales (PHW) said it was closed due to the "low number of key workers anticipated to be working" that day.

    "This does appear a very strange move from Public Health Wales and the Welsh Government," the South Wales Central AM tweeted.

    "Surely we should be exhausting all avenues to get people tested not simply shutting up shop because it’s a bank holiday?"

    The Welsh Government has been asked for comment.

  11. Dinner's ready

    Volunteers helping to provide meals for staff at Cardiff's University Hospital of Wales have cooked up a batch for Tuesday.

    The project has raised more than £50,000 so far through crowd funding and delivered more than 8,100 main meals.

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  12. Welsh Government 'overwhelmed' by PPE response

    The Welsh Government says it has been "overwhelmed" by the response of the public and businesses to the challenge of providing more personal protective equipment (PPE) to front-line workers.

    It was asked to respond after Cardiff man Richard Blackwell, who has made thousands of protective visors for NHS staff, said he had been told he cannot give them to front-line workers because of red tape.

    "If other companies would like to help they should contact the Wales Life Sciences Hub," the statement added.

  13. George North sends ambulance staff 'huge thanks'

    Rugby star George North has sent a message of thanks and support to ambulance and NHS staff.

    In a video tweeted by the Welsh Ambulance Service, the Wales international addressed ambulance service staff and the whole NHS.

    "I just want to say a huge thank you, your work is incredible. You put yourselves at risk to save everyone," he said.

    "From myself and everyone in the country, we can't thank you enough."

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  14. Easter closure of testing centre 'beggars belief'

    Adam Price, Plaid Cymru
    Image caption: Adam Price criticised the closure of the testing centre on Monday

    The closure of a Covid-19 testing centre for key workers at the Cardiff City Stadium on Monday "beggars belief", the Plaid Cymru leader has said.

    Public Health Wales (PHW) said it was closed due to the "low number of key workers anticipated to be working" that day.

    But Mr Price questioned the decision at a time when Wales was testing less than other countries.

    And the Welsh Conservatives said there was no valid reason to have shut the centre.

    The Welsh Government has been asked to comment.

    The Cardiff City Stadium centre is one of several drive-in testing centres being set up to provide testing to key workers with symptoms and is the only one operating so far.

  15. Coronavirus patients in GB hospital beds

    The UK is "tracking behind Italy" on deaths from coronavirus, the UK government's chief scientific adviser has said.

    Speaking at today's UK government virus briefing, Sir Patrick Vallance said he expected deaths to plateau for a while then decrease.

    Here is the UK government's global graph.

    A graph showing the number of deaths in different countries
  16. UK death toll reaches 11,329

    Dominic Raab has confirmed the total number of deaths in the UK has reached 11,329.

    Speaking at the UK government daily briefing, he said despite the "grizzly figures", there was some hope in the numbers, saying the lockdown measures were slowing the spread.

    The foreign secretary is standing in for Prime Minister Boris Johnson, who's recovering after spending a week in hospital with coronavirus.

    He said didn't expect any changes to be made to lockdown measures currently in place across the UK until they can be confident they can be made safely.

    Mr Raab asked people to keep following the guidance and to stay home.

    "If we let up now the virus will only take advantage, spread faster and kill more people," he added.

    "Our plan is working. Please stick with it and we will get through this crisis together."

  17. Treasury announces £350m for Welsh response

    Rishi Sunak

    The Welsh Government will receive a further £350m from the UK Treasury to support its response to the coronavirus outbreak, Chancellor Rishi Sunak has announced.

    Welsh Secretary Simon Hart said this would take the total amount provided by Downing Street to First Minister Mark Drakeford's administration to £600m.

    Mr Hart said: “The Chancellor promised to do whatever it takes to help the UK defeat coronavirus. This £350m of extra funding delivers on that promise.

    "This is on top of funding to help support individuals and businesses and will provide our incredible front-line staff with the resources they need to save lives.

    "This means that Wales will receive a total cash boost of almost £2bn from the UK government to help tackle coronavirus in Wales.”