Healthcare workers donning equipment to protect them from the virus.
By Bill Heaney
The number of people in Scotland who have died with coronavirus now stands at 41, and the number of confirmed Covid-19 cases is now 1,384
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Meanwhile, First Minister Nicola Sturgeon, answered critics who have complained about the shortage – in some cases – complete absence of protective gear for staff in hospitals and care homes.
She said more than 34 million items of protective gear had been delivered to hospitals across Scotland in the past few weeks.
The first minister said all Scotland’s health boards now had a single point of contact to manage personal protective equipment (PPE) such as masks, gloves and gowns.
And she added that eight weeks worth of PPE would be delivered up front in the coming week to all GP surgeries, starting on Monday and finishing by the end of the week.
Ms Sturgeon said there would be additional delivery staff to help the social care sector with PPE, adding that she was committed to the safety and wel-being” of health and care workers.
There are now 95 people in intensive care receiving treatment. The further death was an increase of one on the previous day’s total of 40.