New figures show there has been another 193 coronavirus deaths in a week in Greater Glasgow.

It takes the total in the health board area to 315 since the outbreak started.

Around one third of all deaths in Scotland where Covid-19 is listed on the death certificate are in the Greater Glasgow area.

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There are now 1661 positive tested cases in the area, 598 in hospital and 71 are in intensive care.

It is an increase of 86 cases, just four more in hospital and two fewer in intensive care.

The latest report includes how many people died in care homes as well as hospital.

Across Scotland there are one in four cases in which the person died in a care home with the virus with 237deaths in care homes.

There are 40% of care homes with an outbreak of the virus meaning 433 have cases.

The new figures has put care homes in the spotlight and First Minister, Nicola Sturgeon said testing in care homes will be increased.

Scottish Labour said an emergency plan for care homes was needed.

Richard Leonard, Scottish Labour leader, said: “It is not good enough that outbreaks in care homes and hospitals have up to now been treated differently.

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“Scottish Labour welcomes the announcement that testing will begin for all symptomatic residents in care homes, but assurances are needed that this testing will also be extended to staff.”

Ms Sturgeon said “We already test the first residents in any care home to become symptomatic of coronavirus in order to establish the presence of the virus in that home and then ensure that all appropriate measures are taken to protect all residents.

“However, we’re moving now to test all symptomatic patients in care homes.

“The advice to me is that while this is not strictly necessary, nor will it change the clinical management of cases at care homes, it is nevertheless important for the confidence of relatives staff and the wider public, given the vulnerability of care homes.”

The Royal College of Nursing who represents many staff in care homes said

Theresa Fyffe, Director of RCN Scotland, said “Nursing staff in Scotland’s care homes and community teams are still struggling to obtain adequate supplies of PPE and staffing levels are being stretched. I want to assure nursing staff working in care homes that they are not the forgotten frontline

The First Minister revealed the latest update of cases and deaths.

She said there was an increase in deaths, registered with a positive case, of 84 taking the total to 699.

However, the weekly figures from National Records of Scotland is higher because it includes cases where it is suspected, so listed on the death certificate, but not tested.

Those figures show a total of 962 deaths across Scotland.

Despite the increase in deaths and positive cases still rising, Ms Sturgeon revealed figures relating to hospital cases that showed fewer people in hospital and intensive care cases stabilising.

There were an additional 390 positive cases, but the number in hospital drooped by 53 to 1748.

And there was one fewer patients in intensive care taking the total to 195.

The First Minister said These hospital and ICU figures give us cause for cautious optimism, but it is too early to be definitive at this time.