Numbers of sick NHS staff will rise, warns First Minister

First minister Nicola Sturgeon has confirmed the latest coronavirus figures from Scotland

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The number of NHS staff off sick because of coronavirus amounts to just over six per cent of the workforce.

They either have symptoms of the virus or are self-isolating at home because someone in their household does.

The First Minister said this week the number was ‘relatively low’ and that the government expected the number of NHS staff to be affected to rise in the weeks to come.

‘We have now begun testing of key workers and as we continue to expand that capacity we will be able to get people back to work as quickly as possible,’ said Nicola Sturgeon.

By today (Tuesday March 31), a further 13 people had died after testing positive for COVID-19 in Scotland bringing the total in the country to 60.

The number of cases tested positive in NHS Highland region stood at 51.

A total of 15,895 people in Scotland were tested by March 31.

Out of those, 13,902 tests were confirmed negative and 1,993 tests were positive.