Nicola Sturgeon announces 48 new deaths in Scotland as she pleads ‘stay home’

Nicola Sturgeon announces 48 new deaths in Scotland as she pleads ‘stay home’

Nicola Sturgeon confirmed the coronavirus death toll in Scotland jumped by 48 in the past 24 hours, bringing the total to 495. The First Minister made the announcement during her daily briefing from Bute House in Edinburgh. Ms Sturgeon said: “It is with great sadness I have to report an additional 48 deaths of patients who had tested positive for COVID-19.

“That brings the total number of deaths of individuals who had tested positive in Scotland to 495.”

Ms Sturgeon continued: “As of 9 o’clock this morning, I can report there have now been 5,275 positive cases confirmed, which is an increase of 318 from the figures reported yesterday.

“As always I am at this stage, let me be very clear these numbers are an underestimate. A total of 1,832 patients are currently in hospital with confirmed or suspected COVID-19 – that is an increase of 51.

“And a total of 207 people as of last night were in intensive care with confirmed or suspected COVID-19. That is actually a decrease of five though I would caution against reading too much into that at this stage.”

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Published at Fri, 10 Apr 2020 11:55:00 +0000