Scotland virus deaths rise by 15 to 2,609

World | 17 Oct 2020 11:57 pm

A further 15 people have died from coronavirus, bringing the total number of fatalities in Scotland under the measure to 2,609, the BBC reports.

The Scottish government confirmed 1,167 more people had tested positive within the same 24-hour period, representing 17.6 percent of people who were newly tested.

Meanwhile the number of people admitted to hospital with Covid is increasing.

Scotland's chief nursing officer Prof Fiona McQueen said there was "concern" at the overall rise in figures.

On Friday 675 people were in hospital with a recently confirmed case of the virus - an increase of 46 from the previous day.

Of those people, 62 were in intensive care - a figure which is also increasing.

The first minister warned football fans to stay at home during Saturday's Old Firm clash.

People were also told not to travel to other parts of Scotland or to England to watch the game in pubs and to avoid gathering outside Celtic Park.

Nicola Sturgeon said on Friday: "Nobody likes the fact that these restrictions have to be in place but they are vital to protecting all of us and keeping us safe.

"So please comply with restrictions - by doing that you will be playing your part in helping us get the virus under control and you'll be helping hasten the day when we can all watch and enjoy the things that we love doing, whether that's football or the many things that we find ourselves not able to do normally."


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