First Minister Nicola Sturgeon addressed concerns on the coronavirus death toll data and testing for NHS workers in Scotland. In her Monday afternoon briefing, she explained the true death toll numbers for Scotland could be higher than anticipated. Ms Sturgeon also admitted that she was not aware of how many care workers had been tested for coronavirus.
“That will not just be care workers, that will be NHS workers.
“We are undertaking this to make as much of that information available as quickly as we can.”
Ms Sturgeon also reflected on the concerns surrounding skewed data regarding the number of deaths from coronavirus in Scotland.
She said: “As of 9 am this morning there have been 3,961 positive coronavirus cases confirmed, that is an increase of 255 from the figures we reported yesterday.
“Let me be clear that these numbers will, of course, be an underestimate.
“A total of 199 people were in intensive care last night with a confirmed or suspected case of COVID-19.
“That is an increase of 2 from the numbers yesterday and a total of 1,599 patients are currently in hospital with COVID-19.
“This includes the figures of those in intensive care and that is an increase of nine.”
Ms Sturgeon continued: “Once again, as I said yesterday, that figure will not give a true account of what has happened across Scotland over the weekend.
“As I explained yesterday, our new system for reporting COVID-19 deaths is information validated by National Registers of Scotland.
“Work is underway to move to a seven day a week operation.
“As a result, the figure I reported yesterday will be artificially low, although I do want to stress that each death matters.”