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Nicola Bryan and Kate Rimmington

All times stated are UK

  1. Goodbye

    That’s it from us. We’ll be back from 08:00 tomorrow.

    We’ll leave you with a recap of the main coronavirus stories from Wales today:

  2. Girl asks pharmacist dad to give poster to colleagues

    A Cardiff pharmacist has shared a poster his daughter made before asking him to hand it out to every NHS workers at his health board.

    In it Betsi says NHS staff "don't have lazer eyes or super strength" but are real super heroes.

    Anthony Lewis said to save on the photocopying he thought he would share it on Twitter instead.

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  3. Tata Steel 'needs £500m government support'

    Tata Steel needs about £500m of government support to get through the coronavirus pandemic, the MP for Aberavon Stephen Kinnock has said.

    Sky News has reported Tata has approached the UK and Welsh Governments for the money after many customers halted production during the crisis.

    Tata employs 8,385 people in the UK, including about 4,000 people in Port Talbot and 2,800 elsewhere in Wales.

    The UK and Tata have been approached for comment.

    A Welsh Government spokesman said: "We continue to have ongoing discussions with Tata Steel about what support it needs to sustain a strong steel-making presence in the UK and in Wales."

    Mr Kinnock said: "The £50m cap on loans that are now available under the government support scheme is only about 10% of what Tata Steel actually needs."

    He raised the matter in the House of Commons on Wednesday. Responding to him, First Secretary of State Dominic Raab said: "I know that the chancellor is looking carefully at the steel sector in the hon. gentleman's constituency, and at all those who are not directly benefitting from this particular scheme to ensure that in the round we are providing the measures that we need in a targeted way to support all the different crucial elements of the economy."

    Tata in Port Talbot
  4. Rugby star completes 100-mile treadmill run

    Former Wales international rugby star Ryan Jones has raised £50,000 for NHS charities by running 100 miles on his treadmill from his kitchen.

    Newport-born Jones began the challenge on Friday at 13:00 BST.

    Swansea Bay NHS tweeted its thanks, saying it was an "amazing effort".

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  5. 'Opportunistic thieves targeting homes'

    Police have asked people enjoying the sun in their gardens to ensure they lock windows and doors.

    Thieves have been targeting homes in Sandfields, Port Talbot.

    View more on twitter
  6. New cases may be 'levelling off'


    Dr Chris Williams, incident director at Public Health Wales, says "there is emerging evidence suggesting a levelling-off in the number of new cases".

    He said it "may be an indication of the effectiveness of lockdown measures".

    "However, it is still too early to tell for sure, and it is too soon to end the current social distancing rules," he added.

  7. How many people have died since the outbreak began?

  8. Where are the deaths in Wales?

    Another 23 people in Wales have died with coronavirus - taking the total number to 774, Public Health Wales has said.

    On Saturday, the latest update from PHW showed there were 299 confirmed new cases, taking the total to 8,900.

    The true number is likely to be higher as many with symptoms are not tested.

    It said: "Following data cleaning, we have today removed 22 previously reported deaths which do not have a positive test result."

  9. Breaking23 more people die with coronavirus

    A total of 23 more people who tested positive for coronavirus have died, taking Wales' total to 774.

    The daily figure announced by Public Health Wales includes deaths in hospitals and may also include some deaths recorded in community settings such as care homes.

    An additional 299 people have test positive for coronanvirus, taking the total number of confirmed cases to 8,900, although the true figure is expected to be higher because not everyone is tested.

  10. 'Is your shopping essential?'

    Police have asked shoppers to question if what they are buying is essential.

    "Please think is your shopping essential or are you buying plants and decorating your home," said a tweet from officers from South Wales Police in Swansea.

    The force shared an image of people queuing at Morfa Shopping Park.

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  11. No more free parking for non-NHS workers at field hospitals

    Non-NHS staff working on new field hospitals for coronavirus patients are no longer being given free parking by the UK’s biggest parking company.

    NCP launched Free Parking for NHS Heroes at selected car parks close to hospitals during the pandemic.

    But the company said economic pressures meant it had to bring back charges for people such as contractors working on sites like Dragon’s Heart Hospital, at the Principality Stadium in Cardiff.

    NHS employees and health volunteers will still get free parking, but other drivers will be charged a maximum £5 for 24 hours at many of its sites.

    The company said the fee was “designed with key workers in mind and is the lowest possible tariff we could offer currently”.

    It added it was “delighted” that thousands of NHS and other key workers had taken advantage of its offer in the past month, and it would continue to give free parking to health staff.

    Cardiff and Vale health board said other free parking sites were being offered to contractors working at Dragon’s Heart Hospital.

    Opening of the Dragon’s Heart Hospital
  12. Beauty spot visits 'not acceptable'

    Police are stopping vehicles in Pantygasseg in Pontypool, Torfaen.

    Gwent Police tweeted it was "not acceptable"to visit the area from Newport.

    View more on twitter
  13. Work under way on new testing unit

    A new drive-through testing unit for key workers is being set up this weekend on the showground in Carmarthen.

    The unit, which is due be operational by Thursday, will support existing facilities providing tests for key workers in west Wales, according to Public Health Wales (PHW).

    Tests for key workers in west Wales are managed by Hywel Dda health board's local command centre.

    Facilities are being used in Aberystwyth, Cardigan, Haverfordwest and Llanelli.

    PHW said it was considering how testing capacity may be strengthened in Ceredigion, Pembrokeshire and Powys.

  14. A 'big thank you' as student nurses take up NHS roles

    Health worker

    About 400 nursing students are joining the NHS in the Cardiff and Vale health board area with chief executive Len Richards saying a "big thank you".

    A total of 2,000 student nurses and midwives are due to step into their roles from Monday across Wales.

    Second year students who do not want to treat patients have to suspend their training, take authorised leave or switch courses.

    View more on twitter
  15. Man seriously injured in alleged hit-and-run

    Meanwhile, a 34-year-old man has been seriously injured in an alleged hit-and-run.

    North Wales Police said he was knocked over by a light blue or silver BMW on Oak Drive in Acton, Wrexham, yesterday just before 14:00 BST.

    A 33-year-old man has been arrested on suspicion of wounding, failing to stop after a collision, dangerous driving and drug driving and released under investigation while inquiries continue.

    The victim remains in Wrexham Maelor Hospital where he is being treated for serious leg injuries.

  16. Ex-Lib Dem president 'owes NHS his life'

    The former president of the Welsh Liberal Democrats says he owes the NHS his life after surviving coronavirus.

    William Powell, who was an Assembly Member for the Mid and West Wales region between 2011 and 2016 and represents Talgarth on Powys council, had been seriously ill in hospital with Covid-19.

    Last month Jane Dodds, leader of the Welsh Lib Dems, said: "The whole party is devastated to hear about William's condition" and the acting leader of the UK Liberal Democrats, Ed Davey, said it was "very worrying news".

    But now Mr Powell has tweeted: "I owe clinicians, nurses, support and technical staff from Wales and all over the world my life. Diolch o galon. Thank you."

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  17. Plea for parents to take children for routine injections

    Child receiving an injection

    Parents are being advised to ensure children continue to attend immunisation appointments during the lockdown.

    Dr Richard Roberts, head of the vaccine preventable diseases programme for Public Health Wales says: “Immunisation programmes prevent avoidable GP appointments and hospital admissions because of vaccine-preventable diseases.

    "Keeping children out of hospital is especially important during our response to Covid-19.

    “Therefore I am urging the parents and carers of infants and pre-school children, and all pregnant women to please continue to attend their routine immunisation sessions when contacted by their general practice or child health clinic.

    “Social distancing measures are in place to protect you and the nursing staff that administer the vaccines and appropriate infection control procedures are being followed."

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  18. Small tourism businesses face 'enormous hardship'

    The Blue Lagoon at Abereiddy, Pembrokeshire
    Image caption: People have been told to stay away from Wales' tourist hotspots until the lockdown lifts

    Small tourism businesses could "go bankrupt" or suffer "enormous hardship" because of changes to a coronavirus grant system, according to Conservative politicians.

    New guidance on eligibility for the grants was introduced earlier this week following claims that some second-home owners were using a "loophole" to claim cash.

    Businesses in the hospitality sector are eligible for non-repayable grants of £10,000 or £25,000 depending on the size of their premises.

    In a letter to the first minister, Clwyd West MP David Jones said concern "that the grant might be available to second home owners" was "entirely understandable and proper".

    Conservative AM for Aberconwy, Janet Finch-Saunders, who has also written to the first minister about the issue, said: "This is not the time to be penalising genuine self-catering businesses in an effort to catch some of those individuals who have succeeded to take advantage of the rules for qualify second homes for business rates.

    "The chaos caused could see some genuine self-catering businesses go bankrupt."

    The Welsh government said: “Many local authorities were unhappy with what they perceived as a policy which rewarded second home owners who derived an income from letting their properties.

    "As a result, and in agreement with the local authorities, we have refined some of the eligibility criteria.

    "However, local authorities have discretion about awarding the grant and the evidence business owners need to provide to support their claim. Queries should be directed to local authorities.”

    Five councils - Gwynedd, Anglesey, Conwy, Ceredigion and Pembrokeshire - called on Welsh ministers to change advice so second-home owners who pay business rates rather than council tax could not claim.

  19. Family life adapts to help disabled son

    A mother has spoken out about the difficulties of coping with daily life during the pandemic for those with additional needs.

    Iola Gruffudd's son Guto Llewelyn Jones, 20, has cerebral palsy and epilepsy and his additional needs mean that he relies on a very strict and repetitive structure.

    He usually enjoys going to the library near his home in Waunfawr near Caernarfon, Gwynedd, every Saturday but as this is no longer possible a special library has been created at home for him to exchange books.

    "We also try and use the daily structures that already exist like Radio Cymru and S4C timetables - these are what give Guto reassurances and the structure he needs," says Iola.

    "The whole situation has caused so much uncertainty for Guto and he asks the same questions about what happens next."

    Guto and Iola