The number of people who have died after the Covid-19 outbreak at Royal Glamorgan Hospital has risen to 21.
Cwm University Health Board Taf Morgannwg also confirmed that the number of positive cases associated with the outbreak at Llantrisant Hospital has now reached 127.
The Health Board has temporarily suspended all non-urgent elective surgeries on site except for a “very small number” of urgent cancer cases.
Emergency admissions, except for children, are diverted to other hospitals, while ambulance calls are required to travel to other locations.
However, there is no change to the independent kids suites at the Royal Glamorgan which remain open.
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Meanwhile, there have also been separate incidents of coronavirus transmission at Prince Charles Hospital in Merthyr Tydfil and Princess Hospital of Wales in Bridgend.
So far, the Health Board has said there have been 17 cases linked to the Prince Charles outbreak and one death, while there have been 15 similar cases to the Princess of Wales outbreak and one death.
“Together with Public Health Wales, we continue to closely monitor cases at Royal Glamorgan, Prince Charles Hospital and Princess of Wales Hospital,” said Health Board Medical Director Dr. Nick Lyons.
“The safety of our patients and staff remains our top priority and immediate measures have been taken to contain the spread of the virus.
“We are treating outbreaks very seriously and the strict and robust mitigation measures that have been taken across our sites are being closely monitored. However, given the nature of the coronavirus, there is an inevitable time delay when we will see the positive impact of these measures.”
He added, “We apologize for the concern that this will cause our families and our communities to do so.
“ Infection rates also continue to rise in our communities, and we are calling on all members of the public to take their responsibilities seriously by ensuring that their behavior does not contribute to the further spread of Covid-19.
“We remain grateful to all members of our community who continue to adhere to the guidelines in order to help control this virus.”
A helpline for anyone with concerns about the Covid-19 outbreak has been set up at Royal Glamorgan Hospital.
Members of the audience can call 01685 726464 Between 9 AM and 4:30 PM (Mon-Fri) the team will be on hand to assist.