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Marita Edwards had been at the Royal Gwent in Newport for a routine operation

A woman has died after contracting coronavirus at a Welsh hospital where she had gone in for a routine operation.
Retired cleaner and keen golfer Marita Edward went to Newports Royal Gwent hospital for a routine gallbladder operation on 28 February.
The otherwise fit 80-year-old then caught an infection in hospital that she and her family were initially told was pneumonia.
Last Thursday, almost three weeks after arriving at the hospital, she tested positive for Covid-19 and died the following day.
She is believed to be the first person to die from a hospital-acquired infection of coronavirus. His son said it was his belief that she contracted the coronavirus in the hospital and he wished he had pushed for a test sooner.
Aneurin Bevan health board has the UK’s most significant coronavirus hotspot outside of London.
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Grandmother Marita Edward died at the Royal Gwent Hospital in Newport (Image: WALES NEWS SERVICE)
Marita was a keen golfer (Image: WALES NEWS SERVICE)
Marita’s son Stuart Loud says: “If she had not been in hospital she would be still be alive.
Clearly there was a coronavirus infection in the hospital which claimed my mums life.
In an emotional Facebook post after her death, he said: “I sit here, heartbroken by the loss of my beautiful mum.
“So much life left and so fit, a regular golfer. Taken by the Covid-19 Coronavirus.
“I sat for hours holding her hand and an oxygen mask to her face, as this extremely aggressive killer took control of her. Her death was horrific and a mental picture I cant forget.
“The legacy is an uncertainty about the funeral and tribute she so deserved and my wedding in four weeks, which she was so looking forward to. All because of this virus.
“Please, please take this virus seriously. I dont want anyone else to endure what our family is going through.”
Company manager Mr Loud, 50, said the family were told she wasn’t “a good candidate” for a ventilator.
He said: I do feel there was a ventilator lottery with my mum.
“I think bets were hedged on whether younger people might be infected and would need that equipment. The fact that my mum was 80 was probably not in her favour. I dont think the resources are there, and the medical profession isnt quite ready for this.
Her son said that until last week, Mrs Edwards was allowed to be seen by hospital visitors in the normal way – but her son said she was isolated in the last week of her life.
Mr Loud added: Once they had suspicions that there might be the corona, they isolated the ward. We then had to go through a protocol every time we entered with masks, gloves and aprons.”
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Marita, who had a son, daughter and granddaughter, was one of five patients to die in Royal Gwent last weekend out of a total of 17 coronavirus deaths so far in Wales.
Mr Loud pleaded in an interview with the BBC: “Please, please listen to what you are being told. We need lockdown to eradicate this disease. It is the people you come into contact with that are put in danger.”
Public Health Wales confirmed on Tuesday that the number of confirmed cases in Wales of Covid-19 now stands at 478 after 60 more people were diagnosed.
A PHW spokesman said: We have a responsibility to protect individuals tested and patients being treated for coronavirus.
“For this reason we will not share any information on these individuals other than that published in our official statements.
The Aneurin Bevan University Health Board, which runs the hospital, declined to comment on individual case.

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