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Number of coronavirus deaths in Scotland rises to 41

In total, 1,384 people in Scotland have tested positive for the virus, up 139 from 1,245 on Saturday.

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A further patient in Scotland who tested positive for coronavirus has died (Andrew Milligan/PA)

A further patient in Scotland who tested positive for coronavirus has died (Andrew Milligan/PA)

A further patient in Scotland who tested positive for coronavirus has died (Andrew Milligan/PA)

A further coronavirus patient in Scotland has died, bringing the total number of deaths to 41, the Scottish Government has announced.

In total, 1,384 people in Scotland have tested positive for the virus, up 139 from 1,245 on Saturday.

Daily figures published at 2pm showed that 13,889 Scottish tests have been conducted, with 12,505 tests confirmed as negative.

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Nicola Sturgeon was speaking at St Andrew’s House in Edinburgh (Michael Schofield/The Sun/PA)

Greater Glasgow and Clyde has the most cases with 401, followed by Lothian with 188 and Lanarkshire with 184.

Scotland’s chief medical officer Catherine Calderwood said on Friday that the true figure for those infected with coronavirus could be more than 65,000.

Speaking at St Andrew’s House in Edinburgh, First Minister Nicola Sturgeon also revealed that 95 people in Scotland are in care with Covid-19 or symptoms of the virus and that the number of cases is “growing quite rapidly”.

Ms Sturgeon also announced a new volunteer programme for those who wish to help in the fight against Covid-19.

The programme will allow people to register their interest on ReadyScotland.org.

Returning health and social care workers will be directed to existing programmes while those who wish to volunteer more generally can sign up to become a Community Reserve Volunteer.

The programme will be coordinated by the Red Cross and a wider campaign will launch on TV and radio from Monday.

Addressing concerns over a lack of personal protective equipment (PPE) for healthcare workers, Ms Sturgeon said 34 million items have been delivered to hospitals over the last four to six weeks and that health boards now have a “single point of contact for managing PPE distribution”.

Within two-to-three weeks of the measures being put in place, we should if the measures are working be able to see a reduction in that doubling time so that the numbers of cases are not increasing as quicklyCatherine Calderwood

Eight weeks’ worth of PPE will be delivered to GP surgeries this week, she added, and additional staff will be employed to meet the demand in the social care sector for the items.

Ms Sturgeon also confirmed that the armed forces are considering establishing a new hospital facility at the Exhibition Centre in Glasgow.

Chief medical officer Catherine Calderwood said during the briefing that “more stringent measures” may need to be put in place if the current lockdown does not reduce the impact of coronavirus.

She said when the “suppression measures” were started just over one week ago “the numbers of cases in Scotland was doubling every three to four days”.

She added: “Within two-to-three weeks of the measures being put in place, we should if the measures are working be able to see a reduction in that doubling time so that the numbers of cases are not increasing as quickly.”

But she said that if things haven’t improved after two to three weeks, “more stringent measures would need to be put in place”.

Scotland is currently conducting around 800 tests for Covid-19 a day but plans to increase capacity to around 3,000 a day, with the establishment of a new lab in Glasgow.

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