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Live Reporting

James McCarthy and Andy Roberts

All times stated are UK

  1. Goodbye - take care

    Thanks for joining us for our live coverage of the day's Covid-19 news in Wales.

    The main points have been:

    • Another 44 deaths of people with coronavirus have been confirmed, bringing the total to 969;
    • Public Health Wales says "we seem to have passed the peak" of new Covid-19 cases;
    • A "Covid wealth divide" could widen when the lockdown is eased, a former government statistician has warned, after an official report said poorer people were more likely to be infected
    • The National Trust has warned it faces losing £200m because of the outbreak;
    • A 6ft man has ridden 26 miles on a child's hand crank rail car to raise funds for heritage railways hit by the lockdown.

    The latest stories will appear on the BBC News website - we'll be back tomorrow with continued coverage of the response in Wales to coronavirus.

  2. Homeschooling timetable from BBC Bitesize

    Here’s a look ahead to the BBC’s Bitesize timetable for classes in English and Welsh next week for children being home schooled.

    The lessons have been created with teachers and other educational experts.

    They feature a mix of videos, animations, practice activities, quizzes and games.

    BBC Bitesize Daily programmes can also be seen on the BBC Red Button every weekday from 09:00 BST, and on demand via BBC iPlayer.

    Boy looking out of a window
  3. National Trust 'faces £200m losses this year'

    The National Trust has warned it could lose up to £200m this year following the coronavirus outbreak - putting some of its key projects at risk.

    The conservation charity has already paused work to clean rivers, prevent upland flooding and improve soil.

    It has called on government to offer the same financial support to nature, wildlife and environmental groups that it has to other businesses.

    The trust says the lockdown has shown the value of access to green space.

    The National Trust, which is the UK's largest conservation charity, looks after more than 300 historic houses and almost 800 miles of coastline across England, Wales and Northern Ireland.

    Erddig Hall in Wrexham
    Image caption: Wrexham's 18th Century Erddig Hall is a National Trust property
  4. Six foot man rides 26 miles on child's hand-crank rail car

    Completing a marathon is an achievement at the best of times, but imagine pushing through 26 miles going round and round a model rail track.

    Steam train enthusiast Ellis Morey, from Caernarfon, completed 77 laps around the tiny track on Anglesey using just the power of his arms.

    He completed the challenge in seven hours to raise money for heritage railways losing money due to the coronavirus crisis.

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    Video caption: Coronavirus: Train lover completes miniature railway marathon
  5. How much are cancelled events worth to the economy?

    Roger Stevens
    Image caption: Lockdown has cost Roger Stevens who runs a restaurant with rooms, in Llanwrtyd Wells, Powys, about £50,000.

    Businesses have been left counting the cost of cancelled events due to the pandemic.

    So, how much are events worth to the economy?

    • £40m - The Royal Welsh Show in Llanelwedd near Builth Wells, Powys, will take place next year instead of this July
    • £28m - The Hay Festival was due to take place later this month in Hay-on-Wye, Powys
    • £1m - The Machynlleth Comedy Festival usually brings about 8,000 comedy fans to the town but is instead being broadcast on BBC Radio Wales
  6. Eurostar passengers told to cover their faces


    Eurostar passengers will be required to cover their faces from Monday 4 May or risk being refused travel.

    The rail company said the rule for travellers through the Channel Tunnel to wear face coverings is in line with guidelines from the French and Belgian governments.

    A statement said any type of face covering is allowed "as long as it effectively covers your nose and mouth".

  7. More testing to take place in care homes

    All residents and staff in care homes where someone has coronavirus will be tested, the Welsh Government has said.

    Testing had previously been limited to those with symptoms, and people moving into a care home.

    The Welsh Conservatives welcomed the “u-turn” and called for testing to be expanded to include all care home residents and staff.

    The Welsh Government said the “latest evidence” prompted the change in policy.

    Repeat tests will be done a week later and neighbouring care homes may also be tested.

  8. 'We seem to have passed the peak'

    Dr Chris Williams, incident director for the coronavirus outbreak response at Public Health Wales, said:

    “We seem to have passed the peak and flattened the curve of new cases of Novel Coronavirus (Covid-19) in Wales, which appears to be an indication of the effectiveness of lockdown measures.

    "We are currently working with Welsh Government to determine the best approach for when the lockdown is eventually eased.

    “In the meantime, social distancing rules remain in effect.

    "The message has not changed - anyone can get coronavirus, anyone can spread it.

    "Stay home, protect the NHS, and save lives."

    Graph showing deaths of people who have tested positive for coronavirus in Wales
  9. Another 44 deaths with Covid-19 in Wales

    Public Health Wales has announced the deaths of another 44 people with coronavirus, taking its total to 969.

    There were another 183 confirmed cases, taking the total to 10,155 although the actual figure will be higher because not everyone is being tested.

    Map showing suspected Covid-19 deaths in lab confirmed cases
    Image caption: Map showing suspected Covid-19 deaths in lab confirmed cases
  10. Warning "Covid wealth divide" could widen

    A “Covid wealth divide” could widen as lockdown measures are eased, according to a health data analyst.

    Jamie Jenkins, former head of health analysis at the Office for National Statistics, says a "comprehensive testing system will be needed if inequality is to be kept to a minimum".

    Data published yesterday suggested people living in Wales' most deprived areas are more likely to die of coronavirus than those in more affluent places.

    The Welsh Government has published a series of questions it will consider before easing any lockdown measures.

    One is “does it have a positive impact on equality?”

  11. BreakingAnother 44 deaths with Covid-19 in Wales

    Public Health Wales has announced the deaths of another 44 people with coronavirus, taking its total to 969.

    There were another 183 confirmed cases, taking the total to 10,155 although the actual figure will be higher because not everyone is being tested.

  12. Vandalised cars incident 'devastating'

    Nursing assistant Tracy Davies whose car was vandalised at Ysbyty Cwm Cynon, in Mountain Ash, Rhondda Cynon Taff, told BBC Wales: “I feel so sad someone has done this... it was devastating to find this had happened when we were caring for our patients.”

    two cars with broken windows

    South Wales Police have also tweeted about the incident.

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  13. 'Army of volunteers' celebrated in Covid-19 fight

    Volunteers helping in the fight against coronavirus have been celebrated by Monmouthsire council.

    Among them is cyclist Daniel Starsmore who delivers residents' prescriptions

    "With a bike and a kind heart, he's helping save lives," said the authority.

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  14. Pride will be back 'bigger than ever' in 2021

    The return of Swansea's Pride event has been promised for next year following the cancellation of this year's event because of Covid-19.

    It was due to take place today.

    Council leader Rob Stewart said on Twitter: "Please be assured Swansea council, myself and everybody else will be supporting the organisers of Swansea Pride to bring the biggest Pride we have ever seen back to Swansea in 2021."

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  15. Life in lockdown caught on camera

    Photographers Katie Barrett, from Cardiff, and Kate Stuart, from Barry, have taken this time to capture the lives of those living under lockdown.

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  16. Health board staff cars vandalised

    Staff cars parked overnight at Ysbyty Cwm Cynon in Mountain Ash, Rhondda Cynon Taff, have been vandalised, according to Cwm Taf Morgannwg University Health Board. They are appealing for information.

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  17. What is the R number and why does it matter?

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    Video caption: Coronavirus: What is the R number and why does it matter?

    Earlier this week, Prime Minister Boris Johnson said to avoid the "disaster" of a second peak the UK must keep the R rate below one.

    But what is the R number and why does it matter?

    BBC health correspondent Laura Foster explains what governments are aiming for and why it matters.

  18. 'Don't delay fostering applications'

    Elin Lewis Jones

    Families considering fostering or adoption are being urged to press ahead with their plans despite the coronavirus pandemic.

    According to Elin Lewis Jones, the head of Conwy council's fostering department, the recruitment process must continue in order to meet future demand.

    The process of assessing families can take months and the council is concerned applications might take longer to process during this period.

    The National Adoption Service has also said it remains open and encourages anyone considering making an application to continue with the process.

  19. Training completed for ICU 'reinforcements'

    A total of 170 extra nurses have been trained to work in critical care units in north Wales during the pandemic, according to Bangor University.

    It said the “reinforcements” have completed a course more than "doubling the numbers available to work in intensive care units” (ICU) at Ysbyty Gwynedd in Bangor, Ysbyty Glan Clwyd in Bodelwyddan and Wrexham Maelor Hospital.

    The volunteers have been drawn from existing staff with similar skills.

    Naomi Jenkins, from the university's School of Health Sciences, said: “Some of them felt they should come back because they’ve worked in ICU before and some have just wanted to do it.”

    Wrexham Maelor Hospital