Here is a round-up of the latest news in response to the coronavirus pandemic on Sunday, June 7.

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Confirmed worldwide cases: 6,983,734

Confirmed deaths: 402,283

Confirmed recoveries/discharges: 3,413,749.

In Wales, the number of people who have died after contracting coronavirus increased by 10.

Public Health Wales (PHW) confirmed on Saturday the total number of deaths since the outbreak began has reached 1,393.

The number of positive cases is now 14,356, a rise of 42 from the figures on Friday.

Wales’ first coronavirus patient 100 days after he was diagnosed

It has been 100 days since the first coronavirus patient in Wales was diagnosed.

Today, Mark Hosking tells WalesOnline about how the virus entered his life when many of us were still seeing it as a far-off threat.

It set in motion a chain of events that took Mark hundreds of miles away from home for an anxious 17 days in hospital as his body fought Covid-19.

On the evening of February 27 Mark received a call from Public Health Wales at the home he shares with his wife and two teenage children in Mumbles, Swansea.

The person on the other end of the line asked 57-year-old Mark to “please sit down”. Read what happened after that phone call here.

Principality Stadium emptied of coronavirus patients

The Dragon’s Heart Hospital at the Principality Stadium has been cleared of patients and won’t be receiving any more in the near future.

The 1,500-bed field hospital has been downgraded to standby status but will remain available for now in case another wave of coronavirus sweeps through Cardiff and the Vale of Glamorgan.

It means there are no immediate plans for the stadium to be turned back into a venue that can host rugby matches.


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NHS chief executive Dr Andrew Goodall recently warned there is “absolute potential” for a second or third peak of the virus to be more severe than the first.

The number of confirmed cases of Covid-19 in Wales currently stands at 14,356, up 42 on Friday’s figure, with 10 new deaths taking the total in the country to 1,393.

There has been 284,725 confirmed cases in the United Kingdom and 40,344 deaths.

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Wales’ largest hospital was just ‘days away’ from being overrun

A doctor at Wales’ largest hospital has admitted critical care was just “a week away” from being overrun by coronavirus.

Dr Chris Hingston, who has worked as an intensive care consultant at the University Hospital of Wales (UHW) in Cardiff for 10 years, said the unit was “on the verge” of not coping.

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The highest number of people he encountered in intensive care during the peak of the pandemic was around 55, with about 45 of those being Covid patients.

Since the start of the outbreak it is understood that more than 230 patients have died in UHW after contracting Covid-19.

However he said demand has vastly improved over recent days with just a “handful” of Covid-positive patients now occupying beds in intensive care.

The experienced clinician said he is now closely monitoring the situation across Wales for fear a second wave of the virus could hit.

Coronavirus patient was so ill his family were told to prepare for the worst

A coronavirus patient who spend 11 weeks fighting for his life in hospital has been telling his story just days after returning home.

Geoff Bodman, who became ill after visiting the Cheltenham Races, is back with his family at home in Tremorfa, Cardiff.

They were told at one point that he was not going to survive as his condition deteriorated in intensive care at the University Hospital of Wales.

But he fought back and is now recovering at home.

Boris’ plans for weddings, funerals and hairdressers

Boris Johnson will soon set out plans to “rebuild Britain” in the wake of the coronavirus pandemic, amid reports he wants to ease lockdown restrictions quickly to save millions of jobs.

The Prime Minister is expected to use a major speech to effectively relaunch the Conservatives’ domestic agenda after the Government’s attention turned to the Covid-19 crisis, during which the Tories’ poll rating has plummeted.

Mr Johnson will this week chair a meeting of his Cabinet to update them on the next lockdown-easing steps for a number of sectors, which are expected to take effect from June 15.

The Sunday Times reported that the PM will unveil plans to ease restrictions on weddings and funerals from next month, as well as possible measures to re-open hairdressers before July 4.

And the paper said Mr Johnson has told Transport Secretary Grant Shapps to secure “travel corridor” deals with holiday hotspots by June 28.

The next review of lockdown restrictions in Wales will be around June 19.

Downing Street announced on Saturday night that churches and other places of worship in England are set to open for private prayer from June 15, but worship groups, weddings and other services will still not be permitted.

The next review of lockdown restrictions in Wales will be around June 19.

The Sunday Telegraph, meanwhile, reported that the Prime Minister would outline plans to accelerate major infrastructure projects – including pledges to build 40 new hospitals and key road upgrades – in a speech in the coming weeks.

Mr Johnson is also said to want to fast-track recruitment campaigns for doctors and nurses to increase the NHS’s resilience before the winter.

BA begins legal proceedings over ‘unlawful’ quarantine measures

British Airways has begun legal proceedings over what it calls the Government’s “unlawful” quarantine measures, which include 14-days of self-isolation for international arrivals.

BA’s parent company IAG sent a pre-action letter, which is the first stage in a judicial review, to ministers on Friday ahead of the measures coming into effect on Monday.

The letter, seen by The Sunday Times, argues the restrictions are disproportionate.

BA Quarantine challenge

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It states: “In our view, the Government has failed to identify a valid justification for the blanket nature of the regulations, especially given the extremely severe nature of the self-isolation provisions that apply.”

The letter sent to the Procurator General Sir Jonathan Jones was also signed by BA’s budget rivals easyJet and Ryanair.

It comes as The Sun reports BA has told pilots’ union Balpa all 4,300 of its pilots will be fired and re-hired if current employment negotiations break down.

Meanwhile, IAG chief executive Willie Walsh described the Government’s quarantine policy as “terrible” and warned it has “torpedoed our opportunity to get flying in July”.

High school exams may be delayed again next summer

Further disruption lies ahead for high school pupils with the Government reportedly warning parents in England that exams may again be delayed next summer.

Exam regulator Ofqual has begun making contingency plans for next summer’s exams as pupils attempt to regain months of lost learning, according to The Sunday Times.

The regulator is considering pushing exams from May to as late as July and continuing this summer’s emergency marking system.

An Ofqual spokeswoman told the PA news agency that the regulator recognised pupils, parents and teachers were concerned about disruptions caused by the pandemic.

She said: “Our overriding aim is to ensure exams and assessments are as fair as possible and we are working closely with the Department for Education, exam boards and groups representing teachers, schools and colleges, to carefully consider a range of possible measures.

“We will provide further information in the coming weeks.”


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