The number of people who have died after contracting coronavirus in Wales has increased by four, it has been announced.
Public Health Wales (PHW) confirmed the total number of deaths since the outbreak began has reached 1,383.
The NHS trust said the number of overall cases of Covid-19 has risen in 24 hours from 14,238 to 14,314 – an increase of 76.
Denbighshire recorded by far the highest number of new cases of any local authority with 21, while seven had no new cases of the virus.
Despite daily testing capacity standing at around 9,000, 3,006 were carried out on healthcare staff and members of the public on Thursday.
The latest figures were announced following a press conference with First Minister Mark Drakeford, who gave an update on the situation in Wales.
To begin with, the minister said 730 people with confirmed coronavirus were currently in hospitals in Wales – down from almost 1,000 at its peak in April.
He said the death rate in Wales was lower than in both England and Scotland, but added that none of that detracts from the fact that “every single death is a tragedy”.
Meanwhile, Mr Drakeford announced kitchen and domestic staff working in care homes will also receive the £500 extra payment allocated for social care staff.
The payment will also be extended to agency staff and nursing staff employed in care homes, as well as personal assistants and domiciliary care workers providing care to people in their own homes.
But he said he was “disappointed” the Treasury intended to tax the payments, despite requests from the Welsh Government that it should remain tax-free.
“We will continue to make the case that every penny of this payment goes to those people who have made such a vital contribution during the pandemic,” he said.
Elsewhere, the UK Government announced on Thursday that all passengers on public transport in England must wear a face covering from June 15.
Now pressure is intensifying on the Welsh Government to follow suit – and go even further – after the British Medical Association (BMA) Cymru Wales advocated the wearing of masks by the Welsh public in areas where they cannot socially distance.
Speaking during Friday’s press conference, the First Minister said there was only a “marginal public health case” for face masks to stop Covid-19.
He said: “The context for face coverings has changed because of an announcement in England about mandatory face masks on public transport.
“That will not come in until June 15.
“That gives us a few days here in Wales to consider that changed context.
“We’re not going to rush… we will make a definitive statement in the first part of next week.”
He added: “If you feel comfortable wearing a face mask, there is nothing to stop you using that in Wales.”
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On the subject of schools, Wales’ chief medical officer Dr Frank Atherton told Thursday’s briefing that the decision to return to schools in late June was not his “preferred choice”.
Asked about this, Mr Drakeford said the Welsh Government put a “radical” proposal to the unions which would have restarted schools in August.
He added there were good reasons for making that proposal. But he said the work was done “in partnership” and an agreement needed to be reached with the teaching workforce.
Mr Drakeford said the chief medical officer had signed off on the proposal which is now going ahead, where schools are re-opening on June 29.
“This is not a choice between doing a safe thing and an unsafe thing,” he said.
“There is no safety difference between schools going back in July and schools going back in August.”
The First Minister confirmed the R-value is still around 0.8, adding this “gives us only limited headroom to make changes”.
He said the test, trace, protect system will be another factor in creating room to make further easements.
But he added Wales will only make decisions where it is comfortable this headroom exists.