Coronavirus in Lothians: Three new positive cases confirmed as Scotland total rises sharply to 60
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NHS Lothian now has a total of 11 positive cases following a Scottish Government update at 2pm on Thursday.
A total of 2,832 tests in Scotland have come back negative.
The new figures come after First Minister Nicola Sturgeon announced at FMQs that there would be a ‘sharp rise’ in positive cases today and mark the biggest day of rises in positive cases in Scotland.
She also told MSPs that the country is now poised to move into the "delay phase" from the current "containment phase”.
Scots will now have "change the way they lead their normal lives", Ms Sturgeon said in a sombre update at Holyrood today.
Coronavirus is a respiratory disease which seems to start with a fever, followed by a dry cough. After a week it leads to shortness of breath and some patients require hospital treatment.
In more severe cases, coronavirus can cause pneumonia, severe acute respiratory syndrome, multiple organ failure and even death.
Those with weakened immune systems - older people and those with underlying health conditions like asthma or heart disease - are more likely to become severely ill.
The World Health Organisation says the incubation period lasts up to 14 days.
As it's a new illness, it is unclear how exactly coronavirus spreads from person to person, but similar viruses are spread by droplets in coughs and sneezes.
Protecting yourself against coronavirus
The Scottish Government website offers the following advice from NHS Inform to help reduce the risk of getting and spreading respiratory infections by:
- Avoiding direct hand contact with your eyes, nose and mouth.
- Maintaining good hand hygiene - washing hands with soap and water or alcohol sanitiser: After coughing or sneezing; going to toilet; before eating and drinking.
- Avoiding direct contact with people that have respiratory illness and avoid using their personal items such as mobile phones.
- Covering your nose and mouth when coughing or sneezing with disposable tissues and disposing of them in the nearest waste bin after use.
Anyone who thinks they may be affected by coronavirus should call the NHS 111 phone service for further advice. They should not go to their GP or to A&E.
According to the European Centre for Disease Prevention and Control, there have been more than 118,000 cases of coronavirus worldwide with over 4,200 deaths.
The outbreak originated in China's Hubei province in December before spreading globally.
Updated figures for Scotland
Ayrshire and Arran – 4
Borders – 2
Fife – 3
Forth Valley – 6
Grampian – 7
Greater Glasgow and Clyde – 10
Lanarkshire – 7
Lothian – 11
Shetland – 6
Tayside – 4