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Live Reporting

Ceri Coleman-Phillips, James McCarthy and Rhiannon Beacham

All times stated are UK

  1. Goodbye from us

    That wraps up our live updates on the coronavirus crisis in Wales.

    These were the main developments on Tuesday:

    • Any easing of Wales' lockdown measures will be announced on Friday by the Welsh Government. Meanwhile police across the country continued to turn away day trippers over the bank holiday weekend
    • More than 2,000 people have died with Covid-19 in Wales, according to weekly figures from the Office for National Statistics
    • Plaid Cymru joins five other parties in writing to Prime Minister Boris Johnson demanding Dominic Cummings be sacked
    • But Delyn’s Conservative MP Rob Roberts says the senior aide’s explanation of why he drove 260 miles to his parents' home was “reasonable and consistent” and claimed his brainpower was needed to tackle the pandemic
    • Wales' Health Minister Vaughan Gething says he is concerned about a "loss of public trust" from the "circus" of the Dominic Cummings row
    • Councils have built up a deficit of about £173m during lockdown and there is a warning it will take them a generation to recover
  2. Tissue factory to shut because of pandemic

    A tissue factory is set to close because of coronavirus.

    Ninety-four workers will be affected by the plans at Northwood Hygiene Products in Penygroes, Gwynedd.

    A company spokesman said: "As part of the review, various alternative options were considered, but the contraction in market demand as a consequence of Covid-19, and the subsequent significant fall in current and forecasted sales volumes has led to this very difficult decision being made."

    A consultation process will now begin with employees.

    The company said production would be absorbed, and customers would still be serviced from other Northwood sites in Telford, Oldham, Birmingham, Lancaster and Bromsgrove.

  3. Coronavirus cases 'most likely to be decreasing'

    The Welsh Government's science advisors have said Covid-19 cases are "most likely" to be decreasing.

    They have revised down the potential impact of rates of viral transmission.

    The latest analysis suggests a reproduction rate, or R, of 0.8 would lead to 500 additional coronavirus deaths by the start of August and as many 7,000 if R reaches 1.1.

    Initial estimates on 8 May suggested an R of 0.8 would lead to 800 more deaths and 7,200 if R was at 1.1 for the same period.

    The R rate is the average number a sick person could pass the virus onto.

    The latest paper from the Welsh Government's Technical Advisory Cell (TAC) said with R in Wales analysed as below one, "the number of cases is most likely to be decreasing".

    It said R "has decreased in Wales since social distancing and lockdown measures were introduced".

  4. Police 'advise' families found camping

    Families found camping on Halkyn Common in Flintshire, received a visit from a police patrol.

    Lockdown measures in Wales allow people outside to exercise and they are advised to stay close to home.

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  5. 'Sack Cummings if he has broken the rules'

    Swansea Conservatives have backed sacking Dominic Cummings "if he is judged to have broken the rules".

    Prime Minister Boris Johnson's senior aide defended himself on Monday after driving 260 miles from London during the coronavirus lockdown.

    Mr Johnson has backed Mr Cummings while the Tory’s Scotland Office minister, Douglas Ross, has resigned over the affair.

    According to the Local Democracy Reporting Service, Swansea Conservative Group said: “If there has been any breach by Mr Cummings this should be judged by the UK government based on the account he has given and then the appropriate action should be taken.

    “If he is judged to have broken the rules then we would support him being removed from his post."

    The group claimed media reports had a "personal vendetta" against Mr Cummings and that the same level of scrutiny had not been brought against Welsh Health Secretary Vaughan Gething, or Aberavon MP Stephen Kinnock.

    Mr Gething was pictured sitting eating chips with his family during lockdown while Mr Kinnock was contacted on Twitter by South Wales Police after he visited his father in London on his 78th birthday.

  6. Guide Dogs learning social distancing

    It is not just people who need to learn social distancing.

    Guide Dogs Cymru have shared a video on Facebook showing how dogs are being trained to observe the two metre rule.

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  7. Flintshire MP defends Cummings

    Rob Roberts says people need to move on from the row

    A Flintshire MP has leapt to the defence of Dominic Cummings in the face of a public backlash over his trip to County Durham during lockdown.

    Delyn’s Conservative representative Rob Roberts said the senior aide’s explanation of why he drove 260 miles to his parent’s home was “reasonable and consistent” and claimed his brainpower was needed to tackle the pandemic.

    His comments were made at the same time as several of his Tory colleagues backed calls for Mr Cummings to resign.

    The leader of the Conservative group on Flintshire Council also said he sympathised with Scotland Office minister Douglas Ross who stood down over the issue.

    However, Mr Roberts has now called for people to move on from the row.

    “Mr Cummings reports to the prime minister. If his boss is satisfied with his explanation of events, I am inclined to move on and get back to business," he said.

    “We are still in the middle of a national public health crisis. The focus now should return to that, without this distraction."

    Rob Roberts
    Image caption: Rob Roberts beat Labour’s David Hanson in December's General Election
  8. Newport's Friars Walk planning for reopening

    Friars Walk shopping centre is getting ready to reopen once lockdown rules are relaxed.

    Centre managers Cresco say they are waiting for “confirmation from the Welsh Government that we are able to do so”.

    Managing director Simon Pullen said measures would be put in place focusing on people’s health and wellbeing.

    He said: “This will include a one-way system in the mall, floor vinyls to encourage people to keep their distance, and regular sanitising of key touch points such as lift buttons, car park machines and door handles.”

    Friars Walk
  9. Police stop 417 vehicles in Gwent over bank holiday

    Police in Gwent dealt with numerous traffic offences, sending visitors to the area home, as well as shutting down house parties over the bank holiday weekend.

    Gwent Police stopped 417 vehicles as part of ongoing checks and seized “a number of vehicles” as a result.

    Speeding tickets were issued and there were arrests for driving while under the influence of alcohol or drugs.

    “We are aware that we had a number of visitors who travelled to the force area, and 52 people were advised to return home on Saturday alone,” the police spokesperson added.

    “Our officers saw a number of motorcyclists turning around immediately after seeing our presence on the roads.

    “While it is encouraging to see that the message is getting across to people, we would like to re-emphasise the message of the Welsh Government and the first minister: please visit Wales later. Now is not the time.”

    A police roadside check in Wales
  10. Memorial park to reopen to the public

    Ynysangharad War Memorial Park in Pontypridd will reopen to the public on Wednesday, Rhondda Cynon Taf council has announced.

    There will be regular patrols by council officers to ensure social distancing.

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  11. Plaid Cymru: 'Cummings must go'

    Plaid Cymru has joined five other parties in writing to Prime Minister Boris Johnson demanding Dominic Cummings be sacked.

    The party's Westminster leader Liz Saville Roberts MP, together with other opposition leaders, said his removal was the only way to “return clarity and trust in public health messaging.”

    The letter followed revelations Mr Cummings drove 260 miles in March from his London home to his parents' farm with his child and ill wife.

    It has been signed by Westminster leaders of Plaid Cymru, the SNP, Greens and Alliance, the Liberal Democrats and SDLP.

    The letter has been copied to Scientific Advisory Group for Emergencies (Sage) chairman, Sir Patrick Vallance.

    Ms Roberts said: “This is not a political scandal - it’s a public health scandal that will endanger the lives of thousands."

    At a news conference in the garden of 10 Downing Street on Monday afternoon, Mr Cummings said he did not regret his actions and believed he acted reasonably and legally.

    Plaid Cymru has joined calls for Dominic Cummings to be sacked
    Image caption: Plaid Cymru has joined calls for Dominic Cummings to be sacked
  12. 'Speed limits haven't changed'

    GoSafe is urging motorists to continue to follow speed limits during lockdown.

    It has received reports of speeding on roads across Wales, with one driver caught doing 133mph on the A55 at Rhuallt Hill.

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  13. Accommodation appeal for homeless during pandemic

    Accommodation to get the homeless of the streets is being sought.

    Monmouthshire council has asked owners of empty properties to make them available as temporary housing.

    They would be used to shelter homeless people while the coronavirus pandemic persists.

    The authority wants rented accommodation, holiday lets, and rooms in hotels and B&Bs.

    Monmouthshire councillor Sara Jones said she would be "very grateful" if landlords would get in touch.

    A council is seeking properties for homeless people
    Image caption: A council is seeking properties for homeless people
  14. Suspected drug use, flouting restrictions and bad parking

    Police in Wrexham have arrested a man who had allegedly driven to the Glyn Valley from the east coast of England.

    They suspected him to be under the influence of drugs.

    They also tweeted a picture of his parking, saying it left "a lot to be desired".

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  15. New emergency hubs set up for vulnerable children

    Twelve new emergency childcare hubs are being set up in Rhondda Cynon Taf schools for vulnerable youngsters and children of key workers.

    The new services will open on 1 June, taking the total in the county to 25.

    The council’s education director, Gaynor Davies, told a virtual cabinet meeting on Thursday that the number of key worker children and vulnerable children using the hubs had risen.

    The Local Democracy Reporting Service said as many as 420 attended the current 13 in one week this month and 130 of those were vulnerable learners.

    Ms Davies said: “We continue to work with social services to identify the most vulnerable and support families and carers to apply online to access one of the 13 childcare settings."

    The council's Plaid Cymru group leader, Pauline Jarman, raised concerns some vulnerable children in Mountain Ash ward were not being offered a place.

  16. Calls for lifeguard service to resume after deaths

    The RNLI has been criticised for not having lifeguards on beaches after two people died in England on bank holiday Monday.

    A teenage girl trapped beneath a capsized boat and a man pulled from the sea died in separate incidents in Cornwall.

    A councillor has urged lifeguards to "get back to the beaches as quickly as possible" to help save lives.

    The RNLI said it was doing what it could to get its service up and running amid the coronavirus pandemic.

    It is working with local authorities with the hope that it can provide a lifeguard service on about 30% of the UK beaches it usually covers this summer.

    Lifeguards on patrol
  17. A lockdown reminder from the Welsh Government

    The Welsh Government has once again stressed to people in Wales they should avoid non-essential travel.

    A post on social media highlighted the "limited number of reasons" for which you are allowed to leave home.

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  18. Shop owner seeks clarity over Welsh Government plans

    The Funky Monkey children's clothing shop in Penarth
    Image caption: The Funky Monkey children's clothing shop in Penarth

    A businessman who owns a children’s clothing shop in Wales and another in England has called for clarity from the Welsh Government over when he can reopen.

    Justin Horton opened Funky Monkey in Penarth five years ago, and bought Chickadee in Cirencester last October.

    Yesterday, the prime minister said non-essential retailers could open in England on 15 June.

    Mr Horton said that clarity allows him to plan for the new safety measures, train his staff and start making money again, which he cannot do with his shop in Wales.

    He estimates the businesses have lost “tens of thousands of pounds” since lockdown.

  19. Tory councillors' mixed views over Cummings

    Local Democracy Reporting Service

    A Welsh council’s Conservative group leader has said there are “more important issues” than Dominic Cummings’ trip to Durham during lockdown – but his fellow Tory councillors have voiced different opinions on the issue.

    The prime minister’s chief adviser has said he does not regret the 260-mile journey from London and that he had acted reasonably.

    But critics say the trip broke lockdown rules and have called for him to resign.

    Newport council’s Tory group leader, Councillor Matthew Evans, refused to be drawn on whether or not he backed Mr Cummings, adding he is “sick and tired of the whole thing”.

    “I have not defended him and I have not criticised him,” he said.

    “People locally have bigger concerns about their jobs and prospects and when they will be able to see their friends and family again.”

    But Caerleon councillor Joan Watkins said Mr Cummings was right to put family first.

    “He is a father first and stand in that man’s shoes before you make judgements,” she said.

    Allt-yr-yn councillor Charles Ferris also backed Mr Cummings, saying he had given “a plausible explanation” about the trip.

    But he conceded that the issue does risk undermining the UK government’s lockdown rules.

    “It does tend to undermine what we do,” he said.

    “But he wanted to protect his kids first and I think his instincts overrode that.”

    Graig councillor David Williams conceded that on reflection Mr Cummings might not have made “the best of decisions” – but he added that, as a parent, he “might have done the same thing".

    Dominic Cummings
    Image caption: Dominic Cummings has said he behaved reasonably despite criticism of his trip to Durham
  20. How many deaths with coronavirus have there been in your area?

    The deaths of eight more people in Wales have been reported, taking the total to 1,282, Public Health Wales (PHW) has said.

    PHW publishes daily statistics of deaths, mostly occurring in hospitals and only when the virus has been confirmed by laboratories.

    A map showing the number of ocoroanvirus deaths in Wales