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Seven more people die with coronavirus in Wales taking total to 1,274

Seven more people die with coronavirus in Wales taking total to 1,274
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The number of people who have died after contracting coronavirus in Wales has increased by seven for the second day in a row, it has been revealed.

Public Health Wales (PHW) confirmed on bank holiday Monday that the overall death total linked to Covid-19 now stands at 1,274.

In addition, the number of cases of the virus in Wales since the outbreak began has increased by 106 to reach 13,415.

Despite Wales now having the capacity to carry out more than 5,000 tests each day, 3,079 were conducted yesterday.

Where today’s new cases were diagnosed

Dr Giri Shankar, incident director for the novel coronavirus outbreak response at Public Health Wales (PHW), said: “Social distancing rules remain in effect. Public Health Wales fully supports Welsh Government’s revised stay-at-home regulations.

“The message has not changed – anyone can get novel coronavirus (Covid-19), anyone can spread it. Stay home, protect the NHS, and save lives.”

You can follow live updates on the latest coronavirus news in Wales here.

The latest figures were announced in the wake of mounting pressure on Prime Minister Boris Johnson to sack his senior aide Dominic Cummings.

Mr Cummings made the journey from London to Durham at the end of March for help with childcare “when both he and his wife were about to be incapacitated by coronavirus”.

At Sunday’s press briefing, the Prime Minister came out in support of his advisor, insisting he “followed the instincts of every father and every parent”.

“I believe that in every respect he has acted responsibly, and legally and with integrity,” said Mr Johnson.



Prime Minister Boris Johnson’s senior aid Dominic Cummings leaves his north London home

But senior politicians, along with many from within the Conservative Party, have called for Dominic Cummings to resign to ensure public confidence in future measures.

And members of the public have taken to social media in their droves to condemn Mr Cummings’ actions at a time when families were strictly adhering to the lockdown measures.

Mr Cummings is expected to make an unprecedented public statement later on this afternoon.

He is also expected to take questions, however the time of the statement has not been confirmed.

The UK Government’s press conference is still expected to go ahead today and could be led by the PM.

It is almost unheard of for senior aides to make public statements. Usually any communication takes place behind closed doors on behalf of their boss.

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