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Live Reporting

Dafydd Pritchard and Rhiannon Beacham

All times stated are UK

  1. Goodbye

    That is the end of today's live updates on the coronavirus pandemic in Wales.

    Today saw some of the lockdown restrictions eased, with people in Wales from two different households now able to meet outdoors, if they stay in their local area and remain two metres apart.

    Those who have been "shielding" at home can also leave their homes if they wish - but should not go shopping or go to work.

    Meanwhile, Public Health Wales reported five more deaths, taking the total to 1,347.

    Here is a recap of today's coronavirus news stories in Wales:

    We will be back tomorrow morning with more live updates from 07:00 BST.

  2. Edwards wins best UK late evening presenter poll

    Huw Edwards has won a Press Gazette reader poll of the “best UK late evening TV news presenter during the coronavirus pandemic”.

    More than 2,500 people responded to the online poll and the BBC News at Ten anchor took 28% (693) of the vote.

    ITV News presenter Tom Bradby was the runner-up with 16% of the vote while Edwards' BBC colleague Sophie Raworth was third with 14% of the vote.

    The 58-year-old from Wales had previously spoken about how he took three weeks off work in March with suspected coronavirus.

    Huw Edwards
  3. Country cricketers extend pay cut

    County cricketers will continue to take pay cuts of up to 20% in June and July, the Professional Cricketers' Association has confirmed.

    Salaries have been reduced since April and some players have been furloughed because of the coronavirus pandemic.

    The domestic season has been postponed until at least 1 August.

    Options for playing first-class and limited-overs competitions later in the summer will be presented to the England and Wales Cricket Board in June.

    Sophia Gardens
    Image caption: Glamorgan's home ground, Sophia Gardens, will not be hosting any cricket until August at the earliest
  4. Celebrating Volunteers' Week safely

    It's Volunteers' Week this week so, as people consider how to mark the occasion as some lockdown restrictions are eased, Cardiff and Vale University Health Board are offering this guide on how to celebrate it safely.

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  5. Students to return to Aberystwyth University campus in September

    Aberystwyth University students graduate in 2014

    Aberystwyth University is planning to bring students back to its campus from the beginning of the next academic year in September.

    The university aims to make in-person teaching as safe as possible with measures such as a socially-distanced campus and a "flexible teaching provision on-campus with both in-person and online teaching delivery".

    Prof Tim Woods, Pro Vice-Chancellor for Learning Teaching and Student Experience at the university, said: "Our priority is to ensure the safety and well-being of all our students, staff and the wider community.

    “The detailed arrangements are being developed in close collaboration with Students’ Union representatives, as well as in discussions with Ceredigion Council, Hywel Dda Health Board, the Welsh Government and UK-wide stakeholders.

    "This includes working with the relevant authorities on implications for our international students. The ongoing feedback from our students, along with other partners, will be essential as we develop and move forward with our plans.”

  6. Hancock: We are winning the battle, but disease 'not done'

    A further 111 deaths have been confirmed across the UK, Hancock adds, taking the total to 39,045.

    This is the lowest daily fatality figure for more than two months.

    Hancock says this - and the other figures - shows that the UK's action plan is "working" and the UK "is winning the battle against the virus".

    Despite the significant progress, he says the UK cannot let up on social distancing or other measures as the "disease is not done yet".

  7. Lowest number of new cases in UK since 23 March

    Health Secretary Matt Hancock has told the UK government coronavirus press conference there were 1,570 new recorded cases of people testing positive on Sunday.

    This is the lowest figure since the lockdown began on 23 March.

    He says this shows the virus is being brought under control, allowing the modest steps to relax restrictions, which came into effect earlier.

    Hancock says the number of patients on mechanical ventilators is also at its lowest level since 23 March.

  8. Carmarthenshire care home deaths double

    Local Democracy Reporting Service

    More than double the number of care and nursing home residents died in Carmarthenshire than the same period last year, the county council’s social services director has said.

    Jake Morgans said 47 residents died in the 30 days leading up to May 15 in 2020 - compared with 22 in 2019 - and analysis indicates the extra deaths were coronavirus-related.

    His report to Monday's executive board meeting said Carmarthenshire's picture looked broadly similar to that of south and south-east Wales.

    “At the time of writing we have 11 residential care and nursing homes in the public and private sector who have symptomatic residents or confirmed cases of Covid-19,” said Mr Morgans' report.

    He said testing and the supply of personal protective equipment for care and nursing homes had increased - and infection control measures had also been enhanced.

    The report said a small number of care and nursing homes were under “significant” financial pressure, adding: “Determination of further funding from Welsh Government to support the sector beyond May will be essential to avoid a significant collapse of care homes across the county.”

    An old person
  9. 'We're not in a major hurry to dash out'

    The Fare family have hardly been out for 12 weeks as three of the five in their household have been shielding from coronavirus.

    From today in Wales, people who have been shielding can go out to exercise - but with two daughters suffering from cystic fibrosis and a mother-in-law being shielded, David Fare is playing it safe.

    "We're not in a major hurry to dash out," said David from Conwy. "We'll be erring on the side of caution over the next few weeks."

    Imogen, eight, and four-year-old Annabelle's condition means "the entire family in practice" are shielding.

    "There's no point in three people staying at home if the other two go out shopping and bring home the virus," David said.

    The Fare family
  10. Car dealers write to first minister to request reopening

    Many of Wales’ biggest car dealers have banded together to protest against still not being allowed to open for sales, unlike their competitors over the border in England.

    Eighteen dealerships have written a joint letter to First Minister Mark Drakeford voicing their “great concern and disappointment” that they cannot sell vehicles, while English rivals reopened today.

    They warn of a threat to jobs and businesses, and claim “countless customers” will choose to buy vehicles in England rather than Wales in coming weeks.

    The Welsh Government said "non-essential retail businesses" which can meet social distancing rules should get ready to open again over the next three weeks.

    It said it would make a decision at its next review of the lockdown guidance, and that would depend on scientific and medical evidence.

    The companies' letter says the Welsh Government's failure to allow dealership to open for sales, while the UK government has allowed English traders to do so, has “exposed the whole sector in Wales to considerable harm”.

    It says the retail motor industry in Wales has a combined turnover of more than £3bn, and employs more than 20,000 in sales departments alone.

    The traders say: “Consumers change their car on average once every four years, during the next three weeks countless customers will transact with our English counterparts ending their relationships with local Welsh dealers.

    “It should also be noted there is a built-up demand from the past nine weeks of lockdown eager to do business. We are confident the next three weeks' loss will be much greater than any normal period. This revenue will never be recovered."

    Some dealers have continued to offer services and MOTs during lockdown. They say they are ready to reopen for sales, having invested an average £9,000 at each of their sites on social distancing precautions, such as signage and personal protective equipment.

    A car sales showroom, currently closed for business, in Blackwood
    Image caption: A car sales showroom, currently closed for business, in Blackwood
  11. Cardiff must 'build back better' after coronavirus losses

    Dros Ginio

    BBC Radio Cymru

    There must be “an honest, country-wide conversation” about ways to pay for public services after coronavirus-related financial losses, according to the leader of Cardiff council.

    Speaking on BBC Radio Cymru's Dros Ginio, Huw Thomas said Cardiff council's current financial situation was “worrying” as a result of the pandemic.

    “Our costs over the past two months have been up by £20m and our income streams, which have been crucial to our budget in the past, haven't been there for the past three months,” said Mr Thomas.

    He explained that shutting venues such as St David's Centre and Cardiff Castle, along with the loss of income from the car parks, has meant “a financial loss of about £11m”.

    “There's no easy answer. If you look at the council tax, the council tax itself won't be enough to fill the deficit hole," Mr Thomas added.

    “We have to pay for social services one way or another, and I argue that we have seen how crucial they are to the make up of our society.”

    Discussing the “new world” that we'll find ourselves in post pandemic, Mr Thomas said he was very supportive of the “build back better” concept.

    “What can we change from this crisis to ensure that our day to day lives are healthier, fairer and more sustainable? This isn't something that central or local government can do on their own, it will require a social shift too," he added.

    “I want to encourage as many people as possible to walk, to use the bike instead of going back to using the car, especially as there will be less capacity to use public transport.

    “That requires a personal commitment from all of us as citizens to make that decision – it's a challenge to us all.”

    Cardiff Council Leader Huw Thomas
  12. Murderer dies with coronavirus in prison

    A murderer serving a life sentence at Britain’s biggest jail has died in hospital after contracting coronavirus.

    Thomas Dooley, 60, from Heywood, Manchester, killed his partner Susan Crane, 31, before attacking his ex-wife and her partner and then stabbing his former mother-in-law 23 times.

    The killer was being held at Berwyn prison in Wrexham after being jailed for at least 22 years in 2006.

    He was taken to the town’s Maelor Hospital where he died on May 26. He had Covid-19 and leukaemia.

    Opening an inquest today, coroner John Gittins at Ruthin said: "Because this is a gentleman who was in custody at the time, there’s a mandatory requirement for there to be an inquest.”

    Berwyn prison
  13. Education minister in talks with UK government over university row

    Wales' education minister has urged the UK government to respect decision making in Wales in a row over controls on student numbers.

    Kirsty Williams met with UK Universities Minister Michelle Donelan on Monday along with ministers from the other devolved governments.

    They are opposing UK government plans which would place limits on how many English students could study in institutions across the UK as part of the response to the coronavirus crisis.

    About 40% of full-time undergraduates at university in Wales come from England.

    In an update posted on Twitter after the meeting, Ms Williams said the thousands of English students who come to Welsh universities are "always welcome".

    "I disagree strongly with England's approach on this matter," she said.

    "I respect decision making in and for England, just as I do for the other governments in the UK.

    "Quite simply, I expect the same respect from the minister. I will continue to consider my options."

    The Department for Education is expected to publish its proposals shortly.

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  14. Father and son reunited across River Taff

    Mark Hutchings

    BBC Wales parliamentary correspondent

    Waving from across a river, a father saw his son for the first time since he was diagnosed with coronavirus.

    "I'm the one in the red T-shirt," said the son.

    In normal times, such a location-finder would be of little help outside the home of Welsh rugby.

    But this was a son, making eye contact with his frail father for the first time since February, with just the River Taff between them.

    The Principality Stadium is now the Dragon's Heart Hospital and 86-year-old Peter Tozzo is one of those being treated on the transformed pitch.

    It was the red T-shirt worn by his son Simon Tozzo that caught my eye (along with his yellow cap) as I cycled past with my family group.

    Read more about this story here

    Simon Tozzo
  15. Can I play football in the park?

    People having a kickabout in the park

    You can now meet more people and play certain non-contact sports in the UK - but what are they?

  16. On the buses: First Cymru announce social distancing policy

    Bus operators First Cymru have revealed their plans for social distancing on their services with 75% of seats marked "keep clear".

    Some services will increase in frequency, with passenger numbers limited to about 18 on a double decker and nine or 10 people on a single decker bus.

    Jane Reakes-Davies, Interim Managing Director for First Cymru, said: “Our service network has been designed around the needs of key workers, ensuring they are able to travel to and from work.

    “From 1 June we are increasing our service level, as we introduce social distancing measures across our fleet. The capacity of our vehicles will be 25%, to ensure the two-metre distance between passengers.

    "This means fewer people will be able to travel on the vehicle. To compensate for this, we are allocating double decker buses on our busiest routes and increasing the service frequency on others."

    Details on specific services can be found here.

    Bus sign
  17. Shoppers face long waits as Ikea reopens 19 shops

    Thousands of shoppers have queued for hours to get into Ikea stores after the furniture giant reopened 19 shops in England and Northern Ireland on Monday.

    They had been warned that only a limited number of shoppers would be welcomed with only one adult and one child from a household allowed in.

    But Ikea was forced to shut car parks in some stores to help ease pressure.

    The company praised shoppers for their patience.

    Shoppers queue for Ikea
  18. Vehicle stopped after 290-mile journey to west Wales

    Police in Pembrokeshire say they stopped a vehicle from the eastern outskirts of London heading for St Brides Bay, more than 290 miles from home.

    The two people in the car were both reported for breaching Covid-19 restrictions in Wales, which unlike in England do not allow unlimited travel by car to a place of exercise.

    The driver was also reported for driving whilst uninsured.

    Officers added that the vehicle was escorted back east, driven by the passenger, who was fully insured to drive.

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  19. Blaenau Gwent council re-opening some parks

    Local Democracy Reporting Service

    Blaenau Gwent council says it will re-open five of its nine parks on Wednesday following the easing of Welsh Government restrictions on exercise and outdoor activity.

    The parks re-opening are Parc Bryn Bach in Tredegar, Bedwellty Park in Tredegar, Llanhilleth Park, Abertillery Park and Ebbw Vale Welfare Park.

    However, children’s play areas within the parks will remain closed.

    Councillor Joanna Wilkins, cabinet member for the environment, said: “We have made the decision to re-open some of our parks where we are able to safely fence off any children’s play facilities.

    “We would of course remind residents to continue to adhere to the two-metre social-distancing rule and follow the hygiene advice provided by Public Health Wales.”

    At the weekend, neighbouring Caerphilly council re-opened its country parks - Parc Cwm Darran, Parc Penallta, Bargoed Woodland Park, Pen y Fan Park and Sirhowy Valley Country Park.

    Bedwellty Park
    Image caption: Bedwellty Park is one of the parks re-opening on Wednesday