There are now more than 200 confirmed cases of coronavirus in Tayside – as the Scottish tally nears 2,000.
Sixty people have died after contracting covid-19 – an increase of 13 in the space of a day.
In Tayside 214 people have contracted the disease and 76 in Fife.
There are now 1993 confirmed cases of the virus across Scotland – an increase of 430 from 1563 on Monday.
A total of 135 people are in intensive care with confirmed or suspected cases of covid-19.
On Monday the number of cases in Tayside was 108 and 70 in Fife.
First minister Nicola Sturgeon said the surge in Scottish cases was due to a laboratory being unable to submit coronavirus data at the weekend.
She said: “I can confirm as of 9am this morning there have been 1993 positive cases of covid-19 – an increase of 430 since yesterday’s figures.
“It is important for me to point out that 108 of those 430 come from one laboratory which was unable to submit data over the weekend. That is part of why the increase is so significant.”
She added the higher figures also reflect an “on-going expansion of testing capacity” in Scotland.
Update on #coronavirus testing
As of 2pm today 15,895 Scottish tests have concluded
13,902 confirmed negative
60 patients who tested positive have sadly died.
— Scottish Government (@scotgov) March 31, 2020
A total of 15,895 Scots have been tested for the virus.
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