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Council leader: 'Wise up, stay home'

Swansea council leader Rob Stewart has told people they need to "wise up" to stop the spread of coronavirus.

He told BBC Radio Wales they needed to follow government advice and only go out when "absolutely necessary".

He was speaking in advance of the weekend's predicted warmer weather.

"We do not want people travelling to our beaches, we do not want people making unnecessary journeys out," Mr Stewart said.

"If you need to go out obviously walk to your nearest park and if you need to exercise - other than that, stay in and stay safe.

"People really need to wise up."

Children entertained by Disney characters

Adrian Currie has been entertaining children in Cardiff by dressing up as Disney characters
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Adrian Currie has been entertaining children in Cardiff by dressing up as Disney characters

Youngsters have been left amazed by an assortment of Disney characters appearing at their windows in Cardiff.

Adrian Currie, who runs an entertainment company, has been spending his hour of exercise trying to bring smiles to the faces of kids in Radyr.

He told BBC Radio Wales: "We are just doing what we can to make kids smile."

He has been walking around waving at children and getting them to draw different Disney characters.

"The adults also seem to be enjoying it a lot."

"We wanted to make sure that we respected the guidance around social-distancing and remaining in your homes.

"We were in contact with South Wales Police and spoke to the council and everyone was on board," he said.

Coronavirus in Wales: Public applauds health and social care staff
All across Wales, people have been out showing their appreciation for NHS staff and key workers

Arrested woman with symptoms 'refused to wear mask'

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An arrested woman who began displaying coronavirus symptoms refused to wear a face mask, police have said.

South Wales Police said the woman was arrested on Sunday morning on suspicion of drink-driving in Tonteg, near Pontypridd, Rhondda Cynon Taff.

"Once in custody she began displaying symptoms of coronavirus and refused to wear a mask," the force said.

"Her actions put herself, the public and a number of officers - who also have families to go home to - at great risk."

The custody suite and police van the woman travelled in has now been cleaned by a specialist company.

The 20-year-old, from Rhydyfelin, has been charged with drink-driving and contravening the requirement on restrictions of movement during this emergency period.

She is due to appear in court in June.

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Olympic athlete Stanford quarantined in Australia

Olympic triathlete Non Stanford has gone on quarantine at a hotel in Australia after flying to Sydney.

Stanford, who is engaged to Australian triathlete Aaron Royle, says it “felt like a small miracle” to be able to fly, with restrictions affecting worldwide travel.

The Bridgend-born former world champion says she had “three failed attempts,” to get permission to fly to Australia and had to “provide a whole range of intrusive evidence,” to show she was engaged to an Australian.

Australian citizens and residents returning from overseas must be quarantined in hotels for 14 days on arrival into the country in a bid to stop the spread of coronavirus.

“Walking into the Australian airport was like walking into the film set of an apocalyptic blockbuster,” Stanford wrote in an online blog.

“Now I’m not complaining; we are after all in a lovely room with an amazing view of Sydney Harbour and some of the most iconic landmarks in the world,” she added.

“But as someone put it, it’s effectively a 'luxurious prison cell'.

"The windows don’t open and we are not allowed to cross the threshold of the room until our fortnight is up.”

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Surgery's 'do not resuscitate' letter 'shameful'

A letter sent to patients with life-limiting illnesses asking them to complete a "do not resuscitate" form was "shameful and unacceptable", the older people's commissioner for Wales has said.

A letter from Llynfi Surgery, Maesteg, asks people to sign to ensure emergency services would not be called if their condition worsened due to coronavirus.

The surgery has now apologised after a public backlash.

Heléna Herklots said: “Many of those who will have received the letter will no doubt have been left feeling worthless, that their lives do not matter and will have felt significant pressure to sign a DNACPR form.

"This is shameful and unacceptable.

“Whilst difficult and painful decisions will need to be made in the weeks ahead, these must be taken on a case-by-case basis," she added.

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Rugby legend hails NHS staff 'putting lives at risk'

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Rugby legend Gareth Thomas has thanked the Princess of Wales Hospital in his home town of Bridgend for battling through the virus crisis.

In a video posted on Twitter, Thomas said he had always felt "safe" while getting treatment at the hospital.

"Now is the time to say 'thank you'. I've always said I would fight for the people of Bridgend, I've always said I would die for the people of Bridgend, without ever fully knowing what that really means," he said.

"But when you think about what people at the hospital are doing today, and what they will continue to do, is fighting for us.

"They are potentially putting their lives at risk for us. That's actually the reality of what it means to fight or die for a town you absolutely love."

Birmingham has the most coronavirus cases in England

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The Birmingham City Council area has the most coronavirus cases in England, according to new figures released by the Department for Health. (London's cases are calculated borough by borough, rather than as a single figure.)

The city has 428 confirmed cases of Covid-19 - only the Aneurin Bevan health board area in Wales has more, with 482 cases. Hampshire (384), Glasgow and Clyde (376) and Sheffield (361) make up the rest of the top five across the UK.

London now has 5,299 cases with only the boroughs of Kingston-upon-Thames (66), Sutton (82), Richmond-upon-Thames (83) and Barking and Dagenham (93) having fewer than 100 cases.

More than 1,000 people are now known to have died from coronavirus in Britain.

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Hospital ready for coronavirus patients

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The new respiratory assessment unit at Morriston Hospital

Parts of Morriston Hospital in Swansea have been prepared for patients with Covid-19.

One area has been transformed into a respiratory assessment unit with a separate entrance.

The Swansea Bay health board's chief executive Tracy Myhill said: “So much has changed over recent weeks.

"The scale and pace of the range of actions is difficult to appreciate."

An ambulance sterilisation bay at Morriston Hospital
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An ambulance sterilisation bay at Morriston Hospital

Mint makes visors for health staff

The Royal Mint in Llantrisant is making protective visors in the fight against coronavirus.

Engineers created an approved medical design in just 48 hours.

The first visors are already in use in hospitals in south Wales.

It will begin mass manufacturing for the NHS next week.

Royal Mint operations director Leighton John said: “On Wednesday at 9am we knew nothing about medical visors.

"But we set our engineers the task of developing essential medical equipment which could be easily made on site.

"Within seven hours they’d created a medical visor, and within 48 hours it was approved for mass manufacture.

"We’ll shortly post the specifications on our website to enable other firms to make them too.

“We are now developing the production line, and urgently calling for help to source 1.0mm PET clear plastic which is in low supply across the UK.”

The Royal Mint are making protective masks for the NHS
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Severe disruption: A4067 Swansea eastbound

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A4067 Swansea eastbound severe disruption, from Beach Street to Somerset Place.

A4067 Swansea - A4067 Oystermouth Road in Brynmill closed eastbound from the Beach Street junction to the Somerset Place junction, because of a police investigation. Traffic is coping well. Diversion in operation - via Sandfields.

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Man in hospital following assault

In other news, a man is in hospital after being assaulted in Swansea.

South Wales Police said it had sent armed officers, a police helicopter and a police dog to Gwylfa Road in Townhill at 09:30 GMT on Thursday.

An 18-year-old man has been arrested and is in custody.

The victim, whose injuries are not thought to be life threatening, was injured with a sharp implement, police said.

Severe disruption: A4232 Cardiff northbound

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A4232 Cardiff northbound severe disruption, from Lamby Way to A4161 Newport Road.

A4232 Cardiff - A4232 closed northbound from the Lamby Way junction to the A4161 Newport Road junction. In the roadworks area.

To report traffic and travel incidents dial 0330 123 0184 at any time

Spike 'largely because of testing'

Chief medical officer for Wales Dr Frank Atherton said the Aneurin Bevan Health Board, which covers south east Wales, said the higher rate of cases in the region was "largely" due to testing.

He cited the area's closeness to England - being on the border is an issue, he said.

There has also been "a lot more testing" in the health board area, which covers the counties of Blaenau Gwent, Caerphilly, Torfaen, Newport, Monmouthshire, and southern Powys.

That has led to an increase in the number of cases being identified, Mr Atherton said.

But he said the underlying message was that Covid-19 is circulating in all parts of Wales.

Yesterday the Aneurin Bevan board warned that it faced being overwhelmed as the pattern of a surge in cases was "following Italy".

Surf's up - but we're in lockdown

Surfers and walkers lured to Gower are being urged to stay away by police and local residents.

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'Intolerable' abuse halts deliveries

A business in south Wales is temporarily halting deliveries because of "intolerable levels of abuse" its staff are receiving.

Porthcawl Butchers, in Bridgend county, said it was putting home deliveries "on pause".

"We have reached this decision due to members of staff receiving an intolerable level of abuse from a select few customers over the past few days," it wrote on Facebook.

"Unfortunately these unacceptable incidents have meant we have had to put a hold on this service and put the safety and well-being of our staff first.

"We hope that our customers will understand the predicament we have found ourselves in and hope you will continue to keep safe."

The post ended #bemindfulofothers

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Severe disruption: A470 Cardiff both ways

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A470 Cardiff both ways severe disruption, from Caerleon Road to Llwynderw Road.

A470 Cardiff - A470 Merthyr Road in Gabalfa closed in both directions from the Caerleon Road junction to the Llwynderw Road junction, because of a police investigation.

To report traffic and travel incidents dial 0330 123 0184 at any time

Severe disruption: A48 Cardiff both ways

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A48 Cardiff both ways severe disruption, from Wedal Road to Western Avenue.

A48 Cardiff - A48 Western Avenue in Maindy closed in both directions from the Wedal Road junction to University Hospital Of Wales, because of a police investigation.

To report traffic and travel incidents dial 0330 123 0184 at any time

Power cut hits homes

A high-voltage fault has cut power to residents staying indoors due to coronavirus in the Vale of Glamorgan.

Some 1,600 homes in the Cowbridge area are without electricity.

Western Power Distribution says it hopes to fix the fault by 16:30 GMT.

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Severe disruption: A4232 Cardiff southbound

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A4232 Cardiff southbound severe disruption, between The Avenue Retail Park and Cardiff Bay Turn Off.

A4232 Cardiff - A4232 closed southbound between The Avenue Retail Park junction and the Cardiff Bay Turn Off junction, because of a drain cover has collapsed.

To report traffic and travel incidents dial 0330 123 0184 at any time