The number of people testing positive for Covid-19 in Scotland has risen to 153.

Daily figures released by the Scottish government show a rise of 32 since Saturday. A total of 4,240 people have been tested.

The Scottish government is trying to double the number of intensive care beds to treat coronavirus patients.

Health Secretary Jeane Freeman told the BBC she hoped to take the number of such beds available to 380.

She said she was also working with the UK government to see manufacture of ventilators and other essential equipment increased.

And she warned that stricter virus control measures could be implemented “within days”.

Jeane Freeman
Image captionHealth Secretary Jeane Freeman said the Scottish government was working to double the number of acute beds available in Scottish hospitals

The minister appeared on the BBC’s Politics Scotland programme the day after Scotland saw its largest daily rise in Covid-19 cases and two days after the first fatality.

Ms Freeman said: “We are working to double the number of acute beds. That will take us to about 380.

“We are looking at what we need to do to increase capacity in our existing hospitals. That will include slowing down and stopping elective work.”

She said that she was also in the process of preparing additional bed capacity but said that was unlikely to involve temporary buildings. The public would be told about additional facilities in due course.

Coronavirus in Scotland

Health boardPositive cases
Ayrshire and Arran6
Forth Valley10
Greater Glasgow and Clyde39

Source: Scottish government

Source: BBC News


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