Coronavirus: Scotland Death toll nears 1000

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A total of 893 people have now died from coronavirus  in  Scotland  – an increase of 56 deaths overnight.

The figures cover patients testing positive for Covid-19 in Scotland’s hospitals. The actual death toll in Scotland is now likely to be well over the 1,000 mark.

The daily update released by the Scottish government showed a rise of 56 deaths since Friday.

There have been 7,820 positive tests, an increase of 411.

Road Billboard warning people to stay home in Scotland

There are 182 Scots currently in  intensive care  units across the country receiving treatment, it has been confirmed of the confirmed positive cases 1793 people are in hospital.

The National Records of Scotland figures show 237 deaths registered which mentioned coronavirus have been of residents inside nursing home facilites.

The announcement comes after it was revealed there would be a further three-week extension to the lockdown currently in place across the United Kingdom.

There are also worries about new guidance for hospitals in England that PPE should be re-used if necessary.

Theresa Fyffe, director of RCN Scotland said: “For them to be safe to do their job means they can actually provide the care they want.

Theresa Fyffe, director of RCN Scotland

“Not to be safe increases anxiety for staff and increases anxiety among their families and we should remember that when nurses come out of a clinical environment, having not used the right equipment, then there is a safety issue for the community they live in and for families and that is why it is very important.”

Nicola Sturgeon, the First Minister of Scotland and leader of the Scottish National Party said she would deviate from the UK Government’s lockdown measures if her advisers told her it was in the best interests of her country.

Nicola Sturgeon
First Minister of Scotland

On Saturday 18 April 2020, a plane carrying new equipment for the NHS including 10 million face masks landed in Scotland from China.

A plane that carried the supplies from China touches down at Prestwick Airport

Infusion pumps for intensive care units and laboratory kits were also listed among the cargo items, which arrived at Prestwick Airport.

It comes amid concern from NHS staff and care home operators about the availability of protective equipment.

The Scottish government said it was working to ensure staff got the right personal protective equipment (PPE).

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