Nicola Sturgeon announces death from coronavirus in Scotland as 156 new cases have been recorded

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One person has died after testing positive for coronavirus in Scotland in the past 24 hours, Nicola Sturgeon confirmed. There have been 156 new confirmed cases of coronavirus during the same period.

The new figure brings the total number of positive cases across the country since the start of the epidemic to 20,788.

Sturgeon announced that there had been one new death in hospital from a positive case in the past 24 hours, with the total number of deaths rising to 2,495.

248 people are currently being treated in the hospital, including five in intensive care.



First Minister of Scotland Nicola Sturgeon during a visit to the Sighthill NHS Community Treatment and Assessment Center in Edinburgh

It comes a day after the Prime Minister reimposed certain restrictions on people living in the city of Glasgow, East Renfrewshire and West Dunbartonshire following an increase in the number of cases.

As a result, more than 800,000 people will not be allowed to welcome someone from another household into their homes.

The measures have been in place for two weeks, but the Scottish government is expected to review them in a week.

The Scottish government has faced backlash following the announcement of the lockdown, as restaurants and pubs in these hot spots will remain open.

Sturgeon wrote: “New restrictions have come into effect in Glasgow City, West Dunbartonshire and East Renfrewshire. I know people in those areas – I’m one of them – get frustrated and wonder why we did X and not Y… so I thought it would be helpful to lay out some of the rationale.

“The virus is spreading again – in the west of Scotland in particular – and the increase in the number of cases in these 3 areas is of particular concern. Given the toll we know COVID can withstand, doing nothing is not an option. However, Test & Protect now allows us to be more focused in what we do.

“Our data suggests that spread within and between households is the source of much of the transmission at this time. This does not mean that there are no cases in pubs etc., but unlike in Aberdeen the clusters of pubs do not appear at this stage to be. This analysis has guided the decisions.

“Based on the data, clinical advice indicates that restricting domestic gatherings indoors – where it is most difficult to keep physical distance – is vital. Closing the pubs would not be an alternative to this – but an additional measure which, at the moment, is not an option. Don’t consider it proportionate.

“In addition to extensive isolation advice for anyone potentially exposed to the virus, we hope these targeted measures will be enough to prevent further spread – if people respect them. However, we will have to keep the situation under review.

“When we are faced with these situations, there are no good options for those who make decisions. Our goal is to stop the spread with the least impact on lives and the economy. But we all have to try to stop the spread of the virus in the first place – the government can’t do this alone

“I know I sound like a broken record on this – but unless we all stick strictly to #FACTS and break the rules, this highly contagious virus will spread. It’s a fact. Difficult, even if I know it, to stop the problem. To all of us.

“Data has also told us in recent days that we have had a number of positive cases among people returning from Greece – which is why we had to add Greece to the quarantine list. Given the uncertainties of the situation, my advice remains to avoid non-essential overseas travel for now.

“Finally, I know how difficult it all is. I hate having to make these decisions and you all hate their impact. My plea is that we are treating yesterday’s developments as a wake-up call and take seriously our individual responsibilities to stop the #COVID spread. Thank you!

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