Slow down in Forth Valley of people testing positive for Covid-19

The number of people testing positive for coronavirus in Forth Valley appears to be slowing down.

By Jill Buchanan
Thursday, 21st May 2020, 4:45 pm

There is also a reduction of people being treated in the region’s hospitals.

Latest figures released this afternoon by the Scottish Government show that there have been 896 people in Forth Valley who have tested positive, an increase of two overnight.

The number currently in hospital is 14, one fewer than yesterday.

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Coronavirus patients are treated in two wards at Forth Valley Royal Hospital in Larbert

Less than five of these are being treated in Forth Valley Royal Hospitlal’s intensive care unit – the government does not reveal the figure if it is below five.

A total of 95,173 people in Scotland have been tested through NHS labs. Of these, 80,317 were confirmed negative and 14,856 were positive.

However, the government did caution: “This will be an underestimate of the number of cases. Not everyone with the virus will display symptoms and not all those with symptoms will be tested.”

In the past week eight people from the Falkirk Council area have died due to Covid-19 bringing the total deaths locally since the pandemic began to 111.

The majority of deaths have taken place in care homes – currently 56 with four in the past week; 12 have been at home, an increase of two; and 43 in hospital, a rise of two.

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