Coronavirus in Scotland: Further 290 Covid-19 cases confirmed but no new deaths reported

A further 290 people have tested positive for Covid-19 in Scotland.

Thursday, 17th September 2020, 12:53 pm

First Minister Nicola Sturgeon said 112 of these cases are in the Greater Glasgow and Clyde health board area, with 52 in Lanarkshire and 47 in Lothian. The remaining 79 cases are spread across nine other health boards.

But Ms Sturgeon stressed some of these test results will likely come from the past few days due to the backlog of processing tests across the UK’s lab network.

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The First Minister said no deaths of people who tested positive for the virus have been recorded in Scotland in the latest 24 hour period. This week, it emerged a further two people died in Scotland after testing positive for the virus.

Nicola Sturgeon revealed the latest coronavirus figures during First Minister's questions in Scottish Parliament on Thursday.
Nicola Sturgeon revealed the latest coronavirus figures during First Minister's questions in Scottish Parliament on Thursday.

However, National Records of Scotland data released on Wednesday showed five deaths were registered where Covid-19 was a confirmed or suspected cause in the week up to Sunday, September 13.

Ms Sturgeon also said today that the R number - the average number of people who get infected from one person - is above one and possibly as high as 1.4.

As of Monday, a new law says people across Scotland should not meet in groups of more than six from a maximum of two different households - including outdoors and indoors in homes, pubs and restaurants.

Residents in Glasgow City, East and West Dunbartonshire, Renfrewshire and East Renfrewshire and North or South Lanarkshire should not visit people in other households.

Ms Sturgeon said: “We hope new rules from Monday will help reduce transmission and we are considering whether future restrictions will be necessary for all or part of the country.”

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