Twenty-nine more people have died after testing positive for Covid-19 in Wales: the highest amount reported in a single day.

It means 98 people in Wales have now died from the virus since the outbreak began.

Public Health Wales also confirmed 1,837 people have now been diagnosed with Covid-19, up 274 from 1,563 on Tuesday.

Numbers of confirmed cases by local health board

Health Board New cases Cumulative cases
Aneurin Bevan 91 681
Betsi Cadwaladr 5 91
Cardiff and Vale 85 460
Cwm Taf 21 210
Hywel Dda 12 107
Powys 7 29
Swansea Bay 46 213
Resident outside Wales 1 14
To be confirmed 6 32
Wales Total 273 1823
Total 274 1837

Dr Robin Howe, incident director for the novel coronavirus (Covid-19) outbreak response at Public Health Wales, said: "274 new cases have tested positive for novel coronavirus (Covid-19) in Wales, bringing the total number of confirmed cases to 1,837, although the true number of cases is likely to be higher.

“29 further deaths have been reported to us of people who had tested positive for novel coronavirus (Covid-19), taking the number of deaths in Wales to 98.

"Today’s increase reflects a combination of a true increase in numbers, along with additional cases reported from the previous reporting period.

"We offer our condolences to families and friends affected, and we ask those reporting on the situation to respect patient confidentiality."

Kirsty Williams AM address reporters

The announcement followed a press conference led by Wales' education minister Kirsty Williams, who gave the latest update on how Wales was tackling the outbreak.

She confirmed around 1% of the school population - around 3,500 children - were continuing to go to school during the crisis.

She added that some schools would stay open for vulnerable children and the children of key workers over the two-week Easter holiday period.

Free school meals will also continue over the Easter break for disadvantaged children, she confirmed.

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She also paid tribute to Welsh universities and colleges who were "at the forefront" of tackling the virus by taking part in research and deploying doctors and nurses.

"There isn't a single university in Wales that isn't adding value to tackling this coronavirus," she said.

Commenting on the isolation measures currently being enforced, she said: "The actions of Welsh people are making a difference and helping to 'flatten the curve'."

But she added: "We are all clear at this stage it's too early to make accurate predictions about what may happen next, but we may see different peaks and troughs in different areas."

Addressing children directly, she said: "Thank you. It's really hard, the weather has turned nice and you want to be out with your friends but it is really important you stay home."

Meanwhile, on Tuesday, Health Minister Vaughan Gething said 1,300 retired health and social care staff in Wales had "answered the call" to come back to work in the Welsh NHS.

That included 670 doctors, 416 nurses and midwives, and 194 allied healthcare professionals.

He added that 3,760 medical, nursing, midwifery, paramedic and healthcare students were being brought in to help in the NHS, and that Social Care Wales had sent out 850 letters to people previously registered asking them to come back to work.

Mr Gething said 22,000 people in Wales had signed up to volunteer either in the community or the NHS.

Field hospitals are now being set up in different areas of Wales, including the Principality Stadium in Cardiff, Llandarcy Academy of Sport and Bay Studios in Swansea Bay, and Llandudno's Venue Cymru.

Elsewhere, a GP surgery in Maesteg is apologising to patients after sending a letter asking patients with life-limiting illnesses to complete a "do not resuscitate" form.

Llynfi Surgery, on Llynfi Road,  Maesteg, sent the letter to patients with serious health conditions such as incurable cancer, motor neurone disease, and untreatable heart and lung conditions, on March 27.

The letter stated that people with these conditions are "unlikely to be offered hospital admission" if they become unwell with coronavirus and "certainly will not be offered a ventilator bed".