Dinas Powys Medical Centre will no longer take bookings at reception and has stopped walk-in appointments in response to growing concerns about Coronavirus (Covid-19).

New cases of the virus were confirmed in Powys, Caerphilly, Swansea, and Newport yesterday bringing the total number of cases in Wales to 19.

Dinas Powys Medical Centre was closed and deep cleaned on Friday, March 6, as a patient arrived with flu-like symptoms.

It was shut for around 40 minutes.

Now the medical centre is no longer accepting walk-ins or appointments at its reception.

A Cardiff and Vale University Health Board spokesman said: “We’ve advised practices in Cardiff and the Vale to manage their services as they feel appropriate, adhering to guidance from Public Health Wales in response to the evolving Covid-19 situation.

Dinas Powys Medical Centre is asking patients to call ahead to book appointments in order to protect patients and staff members.

Each practice in Cardiff and the Vale will be reviewing and adapting their approach, if needed, on a daily basis and will communicate this to their patients as and when updates are available.”

Responding to further confirmed cases of coronavirus this week, Dr Robin Howe, Incident Director for the Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak response at Public Health Wales, said: “The Chief Medical Officer has confirmed that two of the new cases are residents in the Powys local authority area, one case is resident in the Caerphilly local authority area, and one case is resident in the Swansea local authority area.

“Three of the new cases had returned to Wales from Northern Italy.

“One of the new cases, a resident in Caerphilly local authority area, has no history of travel to a country where the virus is circulating, and is not known to have had contact with another confirmed case.

“The four new patients are being managed in clinically appropriate settings based on the assessment of a specialist infectious disease consultant.”

A member of staff at the Office for National Statistics became the second person in Newport, and the 19th in Wales, to test positive for coronavirus yesterday.

Meanwhile, the outbreak was officially termed a pandemic by the World Health Organization.