Virus claims lives of 11 key workers

First Minister Nicola Sturgeon

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Eleven staff working for the NHS and social care services in Scotland have died as a result of the coronavirus, the First Minister has revealed.

Nicola Sturgeon told a daily media briefing this lunchtime that six worked for the NHS and five were employed in the social care sector.

She pointed out, however, that it did not necessarily mean that they had contracted COVID-19 through their work or in the workplace.

The First Minister suggested some may have been at home but that the deaths would be investigated to see what lessons could be learned.

No details were provided of the people concerned or their locations in Scotland.

The announcement comes the day after a minute’s silence was held across the UK for the key workers who have died from coronavirus.

In total, Scotland has seen 11,034 positive confirmed cases of coronavirus – up 313 on yesterday. The number of people in hospital and intensive care has reduced, which Mrs Sturgeon said was ‘encouraging’.

New weekly figures which include deaths in Scotland where COVID-19 is ‘suspected, presumed, or a contributory factor’ put the total number at 2,272 deaths as of Sunday, compared to today’s confirmed figure of 1,415, where a laboratory test has confirmed the virus as being present.