Two more people die in Wales from coronavirus

A further two people have died in Wales after catching coronavirus.

Health officials say tt brings the country’s total death toll to five. Yesterday the UK death toll rose to 177 with an update expected later today.

In a statement, Dr Frank Atherton, the chief medical officer for Wales, said: ‘It is with sadness I report that a further two people who tested positive for Covid-19 have died. I offer my sincere condolences to their families and friends, and ask that their privacy is respected at this sad time.

‘The patients were a 75-year-old, who died at Singleton Hospital, and a 98-year-old, who died at Ysbyty Glan Clwyd. Both patients had underlying health conditions.’

Earlier today the Scottish Government confirmed one more fatality bringing its total death toll to seven.

Meanwhile Wales recorded its largest daily increase of coronavirus cases after 89 people tested positive, bringing its national total to 280.

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But officials say the number is likely to be much higher as people go undiagnosed.

Public Health Wales Incident director for the Covid-19 outbreak Dr Chris Williams said: ‘Testing capacity is being expanded and is currently prioritised for patients, health care workers involved in frontline patient facing clinical care, and others where recommended by health board medical directors.

‘As our testing capacity increases, further guidance will be issued on those who are eligible for testing. Members of the public should follow the latest public health advice.’

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