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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

Lack of protection for carers ‘scary’

Stephen Jameson

Stephen Jameson, 54, from Newport, has underlying health issues and has a carer come to his house twice a day to give him essential help.

He is scared he may catch the virus from his carer, as she is unable to get any personal protective equipment.

“I’m scared to death to be honest with you - if I get the virus I believe it will kill me," he said.

“She’s within two metres of me all the time, trying to get me into bed.

"I can’t do it on my own, so she’s physically touching me. If she’s got that on her hands it can easily transfer to me, or vice versa.”

Birmingham has the most coronavirus cases in England

Thomas Mackintosh

BBC London News

Birmingham Library

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.


Hospital ready for coronavirus patients

Morriston Hospital
Swansea Bay University Health Board
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
Swansea Bay University Health Board
An ambulance sterilisation bay at Morriston Hospital

From lifeguard to refuse collector

Zoe Coleman is usually a lifeguard in Pembrokeshire. But with pools closed she is now working as a refuse collector.

Some councils in Wales are redeploying staff to help maintain critical services.

She told BBC Radio Wales Breakfast with Claire Summers: "I was asking my manager 'so, what’s going to be happening from here on out?'

"He was saying that a few of the boys were going on the bins, and I said 'well, I might as well have a go, stick me on the bins!'"

Ms Coleman began her new role on Monday and said it was going really well.

"I’ve made some friends on the lorry, called Simon and Sargey, and they’ve shown me the ropes, everyone seems really nice...

"It feels good to be helping the community stay as tidy and clean as it can be and remain normal during this pandemic."

Zoe Coleman

Severe disruption: A478 Pembrokeshire northbound

BBC News Travel

A478 Pembrokeshire northbound severe disruption, between The Dragon Inn and the Farmers Arms.

A478 Pembrokeshire - A478 Northfield Road in Narberth closed and it's slow one way street between The Dragon Inn junction and the the Farmers Arms junction, because of a fire at a building.

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