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The Chief Medical Officer, Dr Frank Atherton, has confirmed that a patient in Wales has tested positive for Coronavirus (COVID-19).

First published:
28 February 2020
Last updated:

This was published under the 2016 to 2021 administration of the Welsh Government

This is the first confirmed case in Wales. 

Dr Atherton said: 

I can confirm that one patient in Wales has tested positive for coronavirus (COVID-19).

All appropriate measures to provide care for the individual and to reduce the risk of transmission to others are being taken.

I can also confirm that the patient had travelled back to Wales from Northern Italy, where the virus was contracted.

I’d like to take this opportunity to assure the public that Wales and the whole of the UK is well prepared for these types of incidents. Working with our partners in Wales and the UK, we have implemented our planned response, with robust infection control measures in place to protect the health of the public.

To protect patient confidentiality, no further details regarding the individual will be released.