NHS Louisa Jordan ready for patients as Scots Covid-19 death toll passes 900

An emergency hospital based at the Scottish Events Campus (SEC) will be ready to receive patients from Monday.

Health Secretary Jeane Freeman made the announcement as she revealed the number of coronavirus deaths in Scotland is now 903, up 10 from Saturday.

Speaking during a briefing at the Scottish Government’s headquarters, she confirmed construction was completed on the NHS Louisa Jordan on Sunday.

The Health Secretary said the number of coronavirus cases will be monitored in Scotland before the new hospital is brought into use.

She added: “The decision on whether patients need to be admitted to the Louisa Jordan will be reviewed on a regular basis as the data on case numbers continues to come forward.

“As I’ve said before, I hope that this facility will not be needed, but it is valuable to have this extra capacity and I’m grateful to everyone who has delivered this hospital at such speed.”

A total of 903 people who tested positive for coronavirus in Scotland have now died.

The figure is a rise of 10 on Saturday’s figure, according to the Scottish Government’s daily monitoring system.

Across the country, 39,612 people have now been tested for Covid-19, with 8,187 coming back positive.

As of Saturday night, 1,797 patients were in hospital with either confirmed or suspected coronavirus, an increase of four.

Of those, 174 were being treated in intensive care units, down eight from the previous tally.

The Health Secretary also said the Scottish Government has not been consulted on a reported three-step process to relieve lockdown measures nor would it endorse it.

She said: “We have committed to publishing later this week our initial thinking on how Scotland plots our way forward.

“This will focus on the issues that have to be weighed up and the changes that will be required for society to adapt as safely as possible to the presence of the virus.

“We confirmed only three days ago that the existing lockdown would continue for a further three weeks and we will use that time to assess the evidence and the options before we make any further decisions.”

The Health Secretary asked people to continue to follow the current lockdown rules.

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