Coronavirus in Scotland RECAP: Covid cases in Scotland pass 60,000 as 28 deaths recorded in 24 hours
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Coronavirus in Scotland LIVE: The latest updates on Wednesday
Last updated: Wednesday, 28 October, 2020, 12:54
- Covid brought pay cut for 45% of Scots workers
- 28 Covid-19 deaths in Scotland reported on Wednesday
- 1,202 new cases of coronavirus reported
- Coronavirus cases in Scotland pass 60,000
Nicola Sturgeon news briefing LIVE: 1,202 new cases recorded and 28 more deaths in Scotland
Latest NRS figures released
A total of 4,482 people have died in Scotland with confirmed or suspected coronavirus, according to the National Records of Scotland (NRS).
A total of 106 deaths relating to Covid-19 were registered between October 19 and 25, an increase of 31 from the previous week
There were 44 deaths in Greater Glasgow and Clyde, 20 in Lanarkshire and 14 in Lothian.
The statistics are published weekly and account for all deaths registered in Scotland where Covid-19 was mentioned on the death certificate.
They differ from the lab-confirmed coronavirus deaths announced daily by the Scottish Government because they include suspected or probable cases of Covid-19.
1,202 people test positive for Covid-19 in last 24 hours
Health board breakdown:
NHS Greater Glasgow & Clyde: 451
NHS Lanarkshire: 292
NHS Lothian: 152
NHS Ayrshire and Arran: 91
28 deaths and 1,202 positive tests in 24 hours
Scotland has recorded 28 deaths from coronavirus and 1,202 positive tests in the past 24 hours, Nicola Sturgeon said.
The First Minister told the Scottish Government’s coronavirus briefing the death toll under this measure – of people who first tested positive for the virus within the previous 28 days – has risen to 2,754.
The figures are lower than the 4,482 deaths given earlier by the National Records of Scotland as they do not include suspected and probable coronavirus infections.
Ms Sturgeon said 60,403 people have now tested positive in Scotland, up from 59,201 the previous day.
The daily test positivity rate is 6.8%, down from 8.7% on the previous day.
Of the new cases, 451 are in Greater Glasgow and Clyde, 292 in Lanarkshire, 152 in Lothian, and 91 in Ayrshire and Arran.
There are 1,117 people in hospital confirmed to have the virus, up by 17 in 24 hours.
Of these patients, 85 are in intensive care, a rise of three.
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Dozens discharged into care homes after positive Covid-19 tests, report finds
A total of 78 hospital patients in Scotland who tested positive for Covid-19 were discharged into care homes from March 1 to April 21, according to a Public Health Scotland report.
The study found between March 1 and April 21 there were 3,599 discharges from hospitals to care homes, with the majority (81.9%) not tested for coronavirus.
Of the 650 who were tested, 78 had received a positive result while in hospital.
Between April 22 and May 31, there were 1,605 discharges from hospitals to care homes.
The majority (1,493 – 93%) were tested for Covid-19, in line with changes in clinical guidance.
Of these, 1,215 tested negative and 278 tested positive. Of those who tested positive, 233 had a negative test result before discharge.
The report states: “It is important to note that there are valid clinical reasons for individuals not to be tested prior to discharge, relating to their capacity to consent to testing and avoiding causing distress, and to appropriateness of testing, e.g. in end of life care situations.”
Between March 1 and May 31, there were 5,204 discharges from NHS hospitals to care homes, relating to 4,807 individuals, which accounted for 5.3% of all hospital discharges during the same period.
Nicola Sturgeon says further work and analysis into outbreaks in care homes will be undertaken
Nicola Sturgeon on care home report - ‘I want people to know we take this very seriously’
Nicola Sturgeon said the Public Health Scotland report on care homes concludes that allowing for other factors, such as the size of a care home, “hospital discharges were not found to have contributed to a significantly higher risk of an outbreak”.
Quoting directly from the report, the First Minister said: “The analysis does not find statistical evidence that hospital discharges of any kind were associated with care home outbreaks.”
But she added: “Nothing in it detracts from the tragedy of the deaths that have occurred in care homes over the course of the pandemic, and nothing ever will detract from the heartbreak of those bereaved.”
She said Public Health Scotland would now be carrying out further work to give a more detailed understanding of Covid-19 outbreaks in care homes.
The First Minister also pledged: “Where the reports conclusions highlight the need for additional measures, we will act on that.
“I want people to know we take this very seriously.”
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