Coronavirus deaths in Scotland double to six

The number of Scots who have died after contracting Covid-19 has increased from three to six.

Nicola Sturgeon announced the number of deaths had doubled as she addressed MSPs at the start of First Minister’s Questions.

She also confirmed a rise of 39 in the reported number of coronavirus cases, with this now standing at 266.

The First Minister said: “I would stress, as I have done previously, that that is likely to be an underestimate of the true prevalence of the infection across our society.

“I am also extremely sad to confirm that as of nine o’clock this morning there have now been six reported deaths of patients in Scotland who had tested positive for  Covid-19, that is an increase of three from yesterday.

“I want to put on record my thoughts to their loved ones at this incredibly painful time for them.”

    Useful information

  • The HSE have developed an information pack on how to protect yourself and others from coronavirus. Read it here
  • Anyone with symptoms of coronavirus who has been in close contact with a confirmed case in the last 14 days should isolate themselves from other people – this means going into a different, well-ventilated room alone, with a phone; phone their GP, or emergency department;
  • GPs Out of Hours services are not in a position to order testing for patients with normal cold and flu-like symptoms. HSELive is an information line and similarly not in a position to order testing for members of the public. The public is asked to reserve 112/999 for medical emergencies at all times.
  • ALONE has launched a national support line and additional supports for older people who have concerns or are facing difficulties relating to the outbreak of COVID-19 (Coronavirus) in Ireland. The support line will be open seven days a week, 8am-8pm, by calling 0818 222 024


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