Coronavirus in Scotland: 54 new deaths as country records 1,264 cases in 24 hours

A total of 54 deaths have been reported in the last 24 hours as Scotland sees a rise of 1,264 new cases of coronavirus since yesterday.

First Minister Nicola Sturgeon at a daily coronavirus briefing.
First Minister Nicola Sturgeon at a daily coronavirus briefing.

Of the new cases, 420 were confirmed in Greater Glasgow and Clyde, 312 in Lanarkshire, and 141 in the Lothians.

The remaining cases were reported from eight other mainland health boards across the country.

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To date, 1,241 people are being treated for Covid-19 in hospital, 9 fewer than yesterday, and 88 people are in intensive care, a decrease of 7 from yesterday, having recently tested positive for the virus.

A total of 84,523 in Scotland are confirmed to have had the virus since the start of the outbreak in March, according to government figures.

The country’s death toll currently stands at 3,377 under the daily measurement.

The new 1,264 cases represents 6.7 per cent of new tests that were carried out yesterday.

The National Records of Scotland has also just published its own weekly update which records cases where Covid is a suspected or contributory cause of death. By last Sunday, the total number of registered deaths linked to Covid under the wider definition passed 5,000. By Sunday it was 5,135 deaths.

278 of those deaths were registered last week- 71 more than the week before.

198 of last week’s deaths occurred in hospital, 72 in care homes and 8 at home or in another non-institutional setting.

Speaking at today’s briefing after announcing the coronavirus figures, the First Minister said the numbers were ‘obviously really grim’ and ‘distressing’ and in the future Scotland will consider how to commemorate those whose lives were taken by the virus. However, she added: ‘That is for another day.’

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