65 new Covid-19 cases confirmed in Edinburgh and Lothians as Scotland's death toll rises by 58

Sixty-five new Covid-19 cases have been confirmed in the NHS Lothian board area in the past day, as a further 58 people with the virus died across Scotland.

By Jamie McKenzie
Friday, 17th April 2020, 2:17 pm
Updated Friday, 17th April 2020, 2:21 pm

The Scottish Government’s latest figures, published at 2pm on Friday April 17th, show an increase of confirmed coronavirus cases in NHS Lothian from 1,107 to 1,172 since Thursday.

Data published on Wednesday by the National Records of Scotland (NRS) showed that 148 people with confirmed or suspected coronavirus had died in the NHS Lothian health board area, between January 1st and Sunday April 12th. This was an increase of 107 deaths since the Sunday before.

The NRS figures are published weekly and include all deaths where someone has Covid-19 on their death certificate, as opposed to the Scottish Government daily figures which cover deaths where someone has tested positive for the virus.

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Nicola Sturgeon revealed there have been a further 58 deaths in Scotland in the past 24 hours.

First Minister Nicola Sturgeon announced earlier today that 58 more people in Scotland have died in the previous 24 hours after officially testing positive for Covid-19, bringing the total to 837 deaths.

However, as of April 12th, 962 deaths were registered in Scotland where COVID-19 was mentioned in the death certificate, according to NRS statistics.

Almost 70 per cent of all registered deaths involving Covid-19 to date in Scotland have been people aged 75 or over.

Ms Sturgeon also said during her briefing today that community transmission of the virus seems to be slowing and that lockdown restrictions are working, but that it would be premature to ease them.