VIRUS: 40 MORE DEATHS TAKES TOTAL TO 615 SCOTS

Sturgeon Ducherty Hughes and O'Hara of SNP
Picture by Bernie Heaney

By Democrat reporter

Nicola Sturgeon, pictured with Brendan O’Hara (Argyll) Martin Docherty Hughes (West Dunbartonshire) and Ian Blackford, the SNP leader at Westminster,  today voiced concerns over claims the NHS in England is being prioritised for personal protection equipment ahead of Scotland.

The first minister said if any PPE was being diverted from Scottish care homes to England it would be unconscionable and unacceptable.

Clarity is being urgently sought by Health Secretary Jeane Freeman, but already the claims are being dismissed as “rubbish”.

The other headlines from today’s Scottish government media briefing:

  • 40 more coronavirus deaths in Scotland are confirmed, taking the total to 615
  • There are now 6,358 cases of the virus, up 291 on yesterday
  • 1,798 patients with Covid-19 or suspected of having it are in hospital
  • 196 of those patients are in intensive care, down 15 on yesterday’s figure
  • More detailed figures, including the location of deaths, will be published again tomorrow
  • The first minister announces a further £1m for mental health services
  • A new digital resource with guidance for children on safe social media use will be launched on Friday

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