Coronavirus in Scotland LIVE, 172 deaths and confirmed cases reach 3,001

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A total of 172 people in Scotland died of coronaviruses in Scotland.

The new figure is an increase of 46 deaths overnight.

The number of confirmed cases currently stands at 3,001 – up 399 from Tuesday.

Nicola Sturgeon also said that there were 176 patients with Covid-19 confirmed or suspected in the intensive care units, an increase of 14 from yesterday.

And she said the number of critically ill coronavirus patients admitted to intensive care would continue to increase for at least the next two to three weeks.

To combat the expected influx of patients, she said the number of intensive care beds for these patients will be increased to 500 over the next week.

Speaking to MSPs in Holyrood, the Prime Minister said: “I know that the past 10 days have not been easy for anyone, indeed it is a massive understatement, but the majority of people across the country have done the good thing.

“It is not unexpected but it is encouraging and it will continue to be crucial in the weeks to come. “

Ms. Sturgeon added, “We are now at the stage of this epidemic, as we expected, as the number of cases increases rapidly.

“And unfortunately, that means the number of people with severe discomfort and dying people is unfortunately increasing.

“Of course, we hope that the lockouts we ask people to follow will have a marked effect on the spread of the virus and that we will see a slowdown in the coming weeks.

“However, since these measures take time to have an impact, it is still too early to draw definitive conclusions. “

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