Twenty-two new cases of coronavirus have been confirmed in Wales, bringing the total to 60.
Ten of the new cases are all in the local government area of Swansea and new cases in eight other local government areas, including the first in Bridgend.
In the UK there are now 945 confirmed people with coronavirus.
Dr. Chris Williams, incident manager for the new response to the coronavirus outbreak (Covid-19) at Public Health Wales, said that health officials were trying to identify close contacts of all new cases.
He said: “We can confirm that 22 new cases have tested positive for the new coronavirus (COVID-19) in Wales, bringing the total number of confirmed cases to 60.
“The process of identifying and contacting close contacts of new cases is underway, and we are taking all appropriate measures to protect public health.
“The locations of local authorities for new cases are:
- Two in the local authority area of Neath Port Talbot
- Ten in the Swansea local government area
- Two in the Caerphilly local authority area
- Two in the local authorities area of Monmouthshire
- One in the local authorities area of Conwy
- One in the local authorities area of Cardiff
- One in the local authorities area of Bridgend
- One in the local authority area of Carmarthenshire
- Two in the Powys local authority area
This map below shows where all 60 cases in Wales have been diagnosed:
Dr Williams added: “All patients are managed in clinically appropriate settings based on the assessment of a consultant specializing in infectious diseases.
“No further details regarding these individuals will be released, and we ask those reporting on the situation to respect patient confidentiality.
“Public Health Wales is working with our partners in the Welsh Government, the broader NHS in Wales and others now that we have entered the late stage of the UK Coronavirus Action Plan. It is no longer just a matter of containing the disease as much as possible, but of delaying its spread.
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“The most common symptoms of the new coronavirus (COVID-19) are the recent onset of a new continuous cough and / or high temperature.
“For most people, the new coronavirus (COVID-19) will be a mild infection. If you have symptoms of even mild coronavirus infection, stay at home and do not leave your house for seven days from the start of your symptoms. This will help protect other members of your community while you are contagious.
“The public has a crucial role to play in containing the spread of the virus, and we encourage people to wash their hands more often and for 20 seconds. Use soap and water or a hand sanitizer when you get home or work, blow your nose, sneeze or cough, eat or handle food. These tips will help you protect yourself and others. ”
“As of March 12, 2020, 945 people in Wales had been screened for the new coronavirus (COVID-19).