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Coronavirus: Welsh doctors and NHS staff to get protective gear

GP surgery in Wales will receive a face mask, gloves and aprons to protect them while treating people suspected of having coronavirus.

Announcing the move on Monday, Health Minister Vaughan Gething said stockpiled protective equipment will also be released for front-line NHS and social services staff.

Number of coronavirus cases confirmed in Wales rose to four on Sunday.

Mr Gething said the package is part of the “infection control measures” strong.

Security package, which was prepared during the weekend, will be sent to 640 operations in Wales this week.

The measures come after a man in his 60s has become the third person in Britain to die after testing positive for coronavirus.

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Mr Gething said he wanted to reassure the Welsh Government working with the NHS and social services to carry out its “planned response” to the virus.

“It is important that the front line medical and social care staff have the equipment they need to keep them safe as they help people who are suspected of coronavirus,” he added.

“The face masks, gloves and aprons are part of the stockpile that we have in place as part of our contingency planning, they should be required to support the NHS and social services.”

medical director of Wales’ was confirmed at the weekend that the two new cases in Wales is Pembrokeshire same household members who have been to northern Italy.

Both have been in self-isolation since they returned and managed in a “proper clinical setting”.

Wales’ other two cases – one from Swansea and one from Cardiff – also have returned from northern Italy.

On Friday, 634 people in Wales have been tested for the virus, according to the Public Health Wales (PHW).

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