‘Cautious optimism’ as intensive care admissions reduce

Nicola Sturgeon

First Minister Nicola Sturgeon says that she is ‘cautiously optimistic’ to see hospital numbers stabilising and a reduction of intensive care admissions in Scotland.

During today’s daily briefing on the Coronavirus global pandemic, the First Minister confirmed that as of 9am this morning, there have been 9,038 confirmed positive cases – an increase of 366 since yesterday.

A total of 155 people in Scotland were in intensive care last night with confirmed or suspected COVID-19 – a decrease of 11 since the previous day.

A further 77 people have died in the last 24 hours in Scotland from the virus, taking the total official death toll to 1,062. However, the National Records of Scotland say that Coronavirus has been mentioned as a factor in 1,616 Scottish death certificates. 537 Scottish care home residents are believed to have died from the virus so far.

On a more positive note, the First Minister confirmed today that 1,813 people have now officially recovered from Coronavirus.

Ms Sturgeon said that the continued reduction of intensive care admissions was “really encouraging” during today’s briefing.

During yesterday’s briefing, the First Minister urged “caution in interpreting” the figures, but noted that she remained “cautiously optimistic, that firstly while the numbers being admitted to hospital are still fluctuating on a daily basis, they do appear to be broadly stable, and secondly, the numbers being admitted to intensive care, are at this stage, reducing.”

She added “And we shouldn’t forget how important that is… It’s not too long ago that we were seriously worried about the potential for our hospital capacity to be overwhelmed by now. The fact that it is not, is down to the planning that’s been done in the National Health Service of course, but more than that, it is down to the high compliance with the lockdown restrictions. My thanks to all of you for helping us to ensure the NHS has been able to cope, although the work that they do is very difficult and very challenging.”

The news comes as John Swinney MSP has today confirmed that schools in Scotland will likely remain closed now until after the summer holidays.

It was also confirmed today that 384 care homes in Scotland now have the virus,