15 April 2020

Statistics published today have revealed a noted increase in deaths from coronavirus in Scotland.

There have now been 962 coronavirus related deaths in Scotland, some 396 deaths more than previously reported.

Deaths recorded in care homes accounted for a quarter of all coronavirus deaths in Scotland with 433 care homes recording instances of the virus to date.

Scottish Labour has repeatedly called for care homes to be treated as part of the front line of the fight against coronavirus and for patients and staff in the care sector to receive the PPE and testing they require.

This morning, Scottish Labour called on the Scottish Government to bring forward an emergency plan to tackle coronavirus in Scotland’s care homes.

Commenting on the new figures, leader of the Scottish Labour Party, Richard Leonard, said:

“The increase in the number of deaths announced today is deeply saddening.

"Every death from coronavirus is a tragedy.

“What today’s figure makes clear is the huge human cost of coronavirus in our care homes. It is not good enough that outbreaks in care homes and hospitals have up to now been treated differently.

“Scottish Labour welcomes the announcement that testing will begin for all symptomatic residents in care homes, but assurances are needed that this testing will also be extended to staff.

“Scottish Labour has today called for the SNP government to bring forward an emergency plan to deal with the effect of coronavirus in our care homes including clarity on the expansion of testing and PPE availability.”
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