Jackie Baillie, MSP for Dumbarton, has called on the Scottish Government to be fully transparent when it comes to their reporting and recording of coronavirus deaths and testing.

This comes after the Scottish Government revealed that its daily coronavirus deaths announcement did not include those who were suspected of having covid-19 but had not been tested and those who had died at home. This means that the actual number of Scots dying from the virus is far greater than the number that the Scottish Government is publishing.

The reported figures from now on will include National Records for Scotland information which counts all presumed and confirmed covid-19 deaths regardless of whether people die in a hospital, at home or other community setting.

Jackie Baillie MSP said:

“It is unfortunate that the Scottish Government under-reported the number of deaths, only announcing the deaths of those who have tested positive for the virus and who died in hospital. In order for the public to fully understand the scale of the problem that we face, we must be presented with the full picture.

“Committing to wide spread testing would allow the Scottish Government to gain far more accurate figures and track the spread. It would also enable them to allocate resources to those areas most badly affected. I welcome the change that the Government has made to the way it reports covid-19 deaths but it is unfortunate that it has taken almost a month after the first death happened for this change to take place.

“As ever, my thoughts are with the families and loved ones of those who have died from this virus and my thanks go to all those key workers who are risking their own health in order to keep us safe.”

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