Posted: Fri 28th Feb 2020

Wales confirms first positive case of Coronavirus (COVID-19)

News and Info from Deeside, Flintshire, North Wales
This article is old - Published: Friday, Feb 28th, 2020

UPDATE: The location has not been officially released however BBC Wales tweeted, and then deleted, that the case is in Swansea. That has been followed by other South Wales based media stating it is Swansea. This is entirely unconfirmed, but the leak of location appears to be consistent.

Dr Giri Shankar, Incident Director for the Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak response at Public Health Wales, said:

“Following the announcement today by the Chief Medical Officer for Wales that we have the first case of Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19) in Wales, Public Health Wales can confirm that the patient has been transferred to a specialist NHS infection centre at the Royal Free Hospital in London. This in line with the plans we have developed, working closely with our partners in the Welsh Government, the wider NHS in Wales, and the other UK nations.

 “The Chief Medical Officer has also confirmed that the patient had travelled back to Wales from Northern Italy, where the virus was contracted. 

“Public Health Wales has now identified and been in touch with close contacts, and we are taking all appropriate actions to reduce any risk to the public’s health.

“The family respectfully request privacy at this time.”

Coronavirus presents with flu-like symptoms including a fever, a cough, or difficulty breathing. The current evidence is that most cases appear to be mild.

Original information below…

The Chief Medical Officer, Dr Frank Atherton, has confirmed that a patient in Wales has tested positive for Coronavirus (COVID-19).

This is the first confirmed case in Wales.

Coronavirus presents with flu-like symptoms including a fever, a cough, or difficulty breathing. Public Health Wales say the current evidence is that most cases appear to be mild.

Dr Atherton said: “I can confirm that one patient in Wales has tested positive for coronavirus (COVID-19).

“All appropriate measures to provide care for the individual and to reduce the risk of transmission to others are being taken.

“I can also confirm that the patient had travelled back to Wales from Northern Italy, where the virus was contracted.

“I’d like to take this opportunity to assure the public that Wales and the whole of the UK is well prepared for these types of incidents. Working with our partners in Wales and the UK, we have implemented our planned response, with robust infection control measures in place to protect the health of the public.”

To protect patient confidentiality, no further details regarding the individual will be released.”

Vaughan Gething, Minister for Health and Social Services said: “Earlier today, the Chief Medical Officer confirmed our first case here in Wales – something the Welsh Government and NHS Wales have been planning for over a number of weeks.

We will continue to do all we can to detect imported cases early and isolate them to avoid any further spread. I would like to thank all staff who have been working so hard to prepare our response to this public health incident.

This latest development is expected and people should continue to follow our advice – anyone who has travelled back from an affected area or who has concerns that they are a close contact of a confirmed case should not attend their GP practice or present at hospital Emergency Departments.

People should call NHS Direct Wales on 0845 46 47 or 111 Wales, if available in their area. Doing this will mean they get assessed by the right NHS staff whilst also limiting any possible spread to others.

Everyone can help to lessen the chances of spreading any respiratory virus. The advice is to catch it, bin it, kill it and wash your hands.

I will make an oral statement to the Chamber on Tuesday. ”

It has also been confirmed that a medical practice has been closed in Ellesmere Port due to a suspected case of Coronavirus, local MP Justine Madders tweeted:

For the most up to date information regarding the Coronavirus (COVID-19)  in Wales, please refer to https://phw.nhs.wales/

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