Nicola Sturgeon: 48 new cases of coronavirus in Edinburgh and the Lothians

There have been 48 newly-confirmed cases of coronavirus in the NHS Lothian health board region, according to First Minister Nicola Sturgeon.

Monday, 30th November 2020, 1:41 pm

But, speaking from her daily briefing, Ms Sturgeon warned that a technical issue with Scotland’s coronavirus reporting system means figures confirmed today may be “slightly lower than we expected”.

The technical issue means some positive cases of the virus had not been included in Monday’s daily total.

She added that totals published tomorrow and on Wednesday may also be artificially high as today’s unreported cases are included in the figures.

Coronavirus in Edinburgh and the Lothians. (Photo by John MACDOUGALL / AFP) (Photo by JOHN MACDOUGALL/AFP via Getty Images)

Ms Sturgeon said 369 people had tested positive for the virus in Scotland in the last 24 hours, 6.1 per cent of all those who were tested.

It brings the total number of positive tests in Scotland since the start of the pandemic to 95,058.

133 of the cases were reported in the NHS Greater Glasgow and Clyde region, 49 in NHS Lanark, and 48 in NHS Lothian.

The remaining cases were spread across the eight other mainland health board areas.

As of 9am this morning, 1,041 people are being treated for Covid-19 in Scottish hospitals, eight fewer than on Sunday.

75 people are in intensive care with the virus, one fewer than yesterday.

Ms Sturgeon also confirmed that there had been three new deaths from the virus in the last 24 hours, bringing Scotland’s death toll to 3,725.

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