Paramedic dies after contracting Covid-19
By Democrat reporter
Updated 3pm on Sunday
A paramedic has died in hospital after contracting Covid-19.
The Scottish Ambulance Service (SAS) has paid tribute to its staff member, dad-of-two, Robert Black, 51, from Campbeltown, Kintyre, who died in hospital on Saturday. The paramedic had worked in SAS’s west region.
Chief executive Pauline Howie said the service had been “greatly saddened” by the loss of a “dear colleague”.
She offered her “heart-felt condolences and deepest sympathies” to the paramedic’s family.
Ms Howie added: “I would also like to thank our NHS Scotland colleagues for the compassionate care they have shown our friend during their illness.”
Meanwhile, the number of people who have died after testing positive for coronavirus in Scotland has risen to 1,559.
The daily update released by the Scottish government showed a rise of 44 deaths since Friday.
There have been 11,927 positive tests, an increase of 273.
The number of patients in intensive care with confirmed or suspected Covid-19 was 108, a drop of two since Friday. There were 1,674 patients being treated for the virus.
The figures cover patients testing positive for Covid-19 in Scotland’s hospitals.
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Data published by National Records of Scotland (NRS) shows the number of deaths linked to Covid-19 is much higher than the daily totals.
The NRS statistics show that by Sunday 26 April there had been 2,272 deaths in Scotland.
The figures are higher because they include all cases where Covid-19 is mentioned on a death certificate, even if the patient was not in hospital and had not been tested – and even if the virus was just one of a number of factors.