58 new coronavirus cases confirmed in Lothians as Scotland death toll increases to 220

58 new coronavirus cases have been confirmed in the NHS Lothian board area, with the total number of people dying with the virus in Scotland increasing by two in the past 24 hours.

By Jamie McKenzie
Sunday, 5th April 2020, 2:58 pm
Updated Sunday, 5th April 2020, 3:10 pm

First Minister Nicola Sturgeon revealed the latest figures for Scotland on Sunday during the Scottish Government’s afternoon briefing. She said there are now 220 people with Covid-19 who have died, with 3,706 positive cases, up 361 cases in the past 24 hours, with 197 people now in intensive care with suspected Covid-19.

A regional breakdown of the figures was published on the Scottish Government website on Sunday at 2pm. They showed the total number of positive coronavirus cases in NHS Lothian has risen from 476 to 534 cases in the past day, an increase of 58 cases.

The definition used to report deaths of COVID-19 is defined as an individual who has died and has had a laboratory confirmed report of COVID-19 in the 28 days prior to death.

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The latest Covid-19 figures for the Lothians were revealed at 2pm today.

The figures come after Scotland’s Chief Medical Officer, Dr Catherine Calderwood, apologised after visiting her second home in Fife, going against official government advice on leaving the home for essential reasons only.

During today’s briefing, Dr Calderwood said her own actions were wrong and admitted she also visited her second home last weekend with her husband. She added: “I’m very sorry, it will not happen again.

“This was a mistake, human error and there are no excuses. I should not have done what I did and I’m very sorry.

“My intention is to continue to focus on my job.”

Ms Sturgeon described Dr Calderwood’s actions as “wrong” but stressed her expertise has been “invaluable” and asked the public “not to be angry” and to allow her to continue providing her expertise during the pandemic.