Fall in virus hospital admissions as lockdown continues

Scotland's First Minister Nicola Sturgeon

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More than 1,800 patients in Scotland who tested positive for coronavirus  have beaten the killer bug, the First Minister revealed on Wednesday.

Since March 5, hospitals have discharged 1,813 patients who had tested positive for COVID-19 after they recovered.

Speaking on Wednesday, Nicola Sturgeon revealed that in the previous 24 hours alone, the number of patients in Scottish hospitals with confirmed or suspected COVID-19 had fallen by 90.

‘That leaves 1,776 still in hospital and 11 fewer in intensive care,’ she said.

Mrs Sturgeon added: ‘These figures for hospital admissions and admissions to intensive care are really encouraging and they are cause for optimism, still cautious optimism, but optimism nonetheless.’

In any event, the number of positive cases in Scotland increased in the previous 24 hours by 366, taking the country’s total confirmed cases on Wednesday to 9,038.

In the same time scale, 77 people died having tested positive for COVID-19, bringing the official number of deaths in Scotland to 1,062.

However, new weekly figures published today by National Records of Scotland (NRS) put the death toll at 1,616.

That’s because the NRS figures also include ‘suspected’ or ‘presumed’ deaths from COVID-19, or where the illness may have been a ‘contributory’ factor in a person’s death, but where no formal laboratory test was taken.

Of these, 910 deaths were in hospital, 537 in care homes, 168 in people’s homes and one believed to be in prison, said the First Minister.

Last Thursday it was announced that all four governments across the UK agreed to extend the current lockdown rules for at least a further three weeks.