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Coronavirus: First case confirmed in Wales – and two more in England

The first case of coronavirus has been confirmed in Wales and two more in England have taken the UK total to 19.

The chief medical officer for Wales Dr Frank Atherton said the patient had returned to Wales from northern Italy.

In England, the two new patients contracted the virus in Iran and have been transferred to specialist NHS infection centres at the Royal Free Hospital in London.

The total number of cases in England is now 17. There has also been one case in Northern Ireland.

Dr Atherton said: “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.”

Dr Giri Shankar, incident director for the Covid-19 outbreak response at Public Health Wales, said: “Public Health Wales is working hard to identify close contacts, and we are taking all appropriate actions to reduce any risk to the public’s health.”

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