8 April 2020

Confirmation of a tragic rise in deaths from coronavirus underlines the need for increased testing, Scottish Labour has said.

The National Records of Scotland has revealed in its first weekly report that there have been a total of 354 registered deaths due to coronavirus so far.

The figures revealed that 60 per cent of the deaths were amongst people over the age of 75, which follows a series of media reports about a rising number of deaths in care homes.

Commenting, Scottish Labour Health Spokesperson Monica Lennon said:

“Scottish Labour urged the Scottish Government to publish accurate and reliable data on the number of deaths related to COVID-19.

“We welcome the steps taken towards improving transparency, however, without mass testing in the community many coronavirus deaths will continue to go unrecorded.

“The First Minister must ensure that testing is widely available, especially for NHS and social care staff who are working with high risk people every day, often with insufficient PPE.

“COVID-19 deaths are not inevitable, they are preventable with the right strategy and resources. The Scottish Government must act with urgency to roll out mass testing, contact tracing and the right standard of protective equipment.

“Behind Scotland’s COVID-19 death statistics are people who died too soon. We must redouble our national collective endeavour in order to save lives.”
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