Third coronavirus case in Borders announced as disease claims first fatality in Scotland

The number of coronavirus cases confirmed in the Borders has risen to three.

Friday, 13th March 2020, 5:53 pm
Updated Friday, 13th March 2020, 5:56 pm
Scottish first minister Nicola Sturgeon and chief medical officer Catherine Calderwood announcing yesterday's coronavirus figures. (Photo by Jeff J Mitchell/Getty Images)

One extra diagnosis in the region was revealed in the daily Covid-19 figures released by the Scottish Government today, March 13.

It follows the two cases of the illness, a couple not long back from a trip abroad to a country designated as a risk area, announced on Wednesday.

Whereabouts in the region the three sufferers here live has not been disclosed.

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The three cases of the disease confirmed in the Borders are among 85 nationwide, up from 60 yesterday, March 12.

It has also been revealed that coronavirus has now claimed its first fatality in Scotland.

Scottish chief medical officer Catherine Calderwood said: “I am saddened to report that a patient in Scotland who has tested positive for coronavirus has died in hospital.

“I offer my deepest sympathy to their friends and family at this difficult time.

“The patient, who was being treated by the Lothian health board was an older person who had underlying health conditions.

“No further information will be available to protect patient confidentiality.”

The latest test figures reveal that 3,314 people have been checked for Covid-19 this side of the border, with 3,229 of those tests proving negative and 85 positive.

Greater Glasgow and Clyde has the highest number of confirmed cases, 21, followed by Lothian with 20 and Grampian with 11.

The spread of coronavirus has led to all professional and grass-roots fixtures under the jurisdiction of the Scottish FA being suspended.

The Scottish Rugby Union has also cancelled the Scotland v England under-18s fixture due to be played at Mansfield Park in Hawick on Sunday, March 15.

The following day’s meeting at Kelso Racecourse will go ahead but behind closed doors.