Three more cases confirmed in Scotland with a total increase to six

The first death in the UK from coronavirus has been confirmed – after the number of positive cases in Scotland has risen to six earlier today.

The Scottish government confirmed that the northern total of the border had doubled overnight.

    Coronavirus information at Ninewells Hospital in Dundee

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Coronavirus information at Ninewells Hospital in Dundee

And health officials said all three new patients are known case contacts.

Nicola Sturgeon said the country should expect “rapid increase” cases.

It comes after a Tayside patient who had been traveling to Italy tested positive on returning home on Sunday.

Sturgeon said this week that 250,000 Scots could be hospitalized with the deadly insect.

And he urged the country to prepare for a “significant hotbed”.

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