A CASE of coronavirus (COVID-19) has been confirmed at the MHA Ty Gwyn Care Home, in Penarth, a spokeswoman for the charity has said.

It was announced this afternoon that a patient had tested positive for the virus, which can be deadly to the elderly and people with underlying health conditions.

A spokeswoman for MHA said: "We can confirm that we have a case of coronavirus in MHA Ty Gwyn care home.

"As with all cases of viral outbreaks, we have restricted the home to visitors to minimise the impact on our residents and those caring for them.

"Wherever possible, visits by health personnel will be maintained.

"MHA’s chaplaincy service is offering a 24-hour support service for relatives and visitors.

"If they would like to speak to a chaplain, please call 07545 652393 and leave a message.

"MHA’s senior leadership team has been meeting regularly since the outbreak of coronavirus with constant liaison with the relevant external health authorities.

"Being one of the largest care providers in the country we have in place robust practices and systems to handle situations like this and will continue to actively monitor and manage this situation."

The first casualty of the virus in Wales was confirmed earlier today.