Public Health Wales have announced they have “24 new cases of coronavirus” bringing the total to of “confirmed cases to 170.”
Dr Robin Howe, Incident Director for the Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak response at Public Health Wales, said:
“Twenty-four new cases have tested positive for Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19) in Wales, bringing the total number of confirmed cases to 170, although the true number of cases is likely to be higher.
“As has been reported previously, two people in Wales who tested positive for Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19) have died.
“Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19) is now circulating in every part of Wales, and this is reflected in the Welsh Government decision yesterday to close schools in Wales.
“We are working closely with health boards, NHS 111 and the Welsh Government to develop systems so that NHS Wales and members of the public have appropriate access to Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19) testing. Based on careful risk assessment, a phased rollout of testing will commence starting with health care workers involved in frontline patient facing clinical care.
“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.”
Dr Jess Potter, an NHS respiratory specialist at an intensive care unit in London has said she cannot be tested, despite being frontline as the government are ignoring the advice of the World Health Organization (WHO) to “test, test, test.”