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Coronavirus 15 April 2020 - 2.00pm general update

This is today's round-up of the latest Coronavirus news on Wednesday 15 April 2020.

#StayHomeSaveLives  #HereForSwansea

Two new care homes opening beds

Work is taking place at the former Alexandra Road care home in Gorseinon and Parkway Residential Home in Sketty to bring them back into use during the Coronavirus pandemic. Swansea Council has already increased residential care capacity in the city by 35 since the coronavirus crisis began but the latest move will allow even more beds to open, supporting the NHS and saving lives.

It means that patients who are well enough to be discharged from hospital can be moved without unnecessary delay, thereby easing the pressure on the NHS at an extremely challenging time.



Well done to the 1,400 residents who've offered their support during the pandemic as volunteers to council and SCVS. SCVS has now closed applications and is sifting through all the offers that have been made to match the expertise on offer with those who need it.

If you want to volunteer informally with the council's Local Area Co-Ordinators you can contact them via the details on


Charity answers rest centre beds appeal

Big thanks to Housing Justice Cymru, the team who run Swansea Night Shelter. They've loaned 20 beds and mattresses to the council in case they are needed to create a rest centre in a non-coronavirus emergency, such as a major fire or evacuation. The items are replacements for the council's rest centre beds which have been loaned to the NHS for field hospitals during the Coronavirus pandemic.


Support from Children's Commissioner

The Children's Commissioner for Wales' office is posting videos on its Facebook page to help parents find cheap and easy ways to make fun at home but also a few on general household wellbeing:


Small business grants

Swansea Council has paid out grants to 249 businesses in the last 24 hours totalling more than £2.5m. So far 2120 applications have been authorised, and 1,740 businesses should have received payments from the banks totalling £23.4m into their accounts by the end of today.

Queries about applications can be made by email only to As staff are concentrating on making payments, a response may not be sent straight away.


COVID19 tracker app

The First Minister and NHS Wales is appealing to the Welsh public to download a new COVID Symptom Tracker app to help the NHS response to COVID-19 in Wales.  The app is available to download from the Apple App Store and Google Play or for more information, see



We're all looking forward to tomorrow to celebrate the achievements of our brilliant critical workers, NHS staff and all those making a difference with vital services at this time.

But please ignore calls highlighted on some social media to release paper lanterns at 8.00pm tomorrow. They are danger to animals and people and not the right way to promote our NHS.


Child care

An updated list of emergency childcare settings, along with the critical worker criteria, can be found at


Taxi licensing

Despite the closure of the Civic Centre to the public to help prevent the spread of Coronavirus, we're still providing essential licensing services to taxi companies. To find out more please visit the temporary changes to taxi driver and vehicles page.


Starting today Welsh Government is to send a social care worker card to those Register of Social Care Workers, managed by Social Care Wales, so they can prove they are key workers. The card will be emailed digitally and posted to those on the register.

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