Greater Glasgow and Clyde continues to surpass other areas in Scotland with confirmed coronavirus cases as numbers have increased by 53 in 24 hours. 

As it stands, a total of 984 people in Greater Glasgow and Clyde have been diagnosed with the deadly virus. 

Lothian follows with 577 positive tests, while Lanarkshire has seen 512 cases of COVID-19. 

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It comes shortly after First Minister's daily briefing where she announced there has been an increase of 255 confirmed cases since yesterday, bringing the number of confirmed COVID-19 cases in Scotland to 3961. 

With sadness the First Minister also announced that there has been a further two deaths. Of these, Nicola Sturgeon confirmed one was a care worker from West Dunbartonshire. 

The Scottish death toll is now 222. 

A total of 199 people are receiving intensive care treatment were 1599 people are currently in hospital due to the virus.

On filling Dr Catherine Calderwood's former role, Nicola Sturgeon announced Dr Gregor Smith is now acting as interim Medical Chief Officer for the foreseeable future. The First Minister confirmed it was "not possible" for Dr Calderwood to remain in her former role. 

Testing capacity for coronavirus has now been quadrupled to around 2000 tests per day. 

On personal protective equipment, the First Minister announced there is now a dedicated point of contact for frontline health workers if they are concerned about availability. 


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