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Coronavirus: Sharp rise in Fife as cases climb by 35 to 871

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    A steep rise in the number of confirmed cases of coronavirus in Fife, from 836 yesterday to 871 today, is down to a delay caused by a 'software issue'.
  • NHS Fife stressed that the increase of 35 was purely down to a "discrepancy" that had been identified rather than a spike in cases.
  • A total of 60 people were in hospital at midnight with confirmed or suspected cases - a drop of three since yesterday's Scottish Government figures.
  • There were five people in intensive care at midnight.
  • Director of Public Health at NHS Fife, Dona Milne, said: “In recent days NHS Fife identified a discrepancy during a period in late May where positive lab reports for Covid-19 cases in NHS Fife did not reach Health Protection Scotland in order that they were included in the daily Scottish Government coronavirus figures.
  • “This lag in data reporting was due to a software issue that has since been resolved; resulting in some cases that were not included in the Scottish Government figures for Fife over the period. These cases have now been added to the Scottish figures.
  • “It is important to provide assurance that all positive test results were, however, captured on NHS Fife’s local reporting system. Critically, this ensured that all positive cases in Fife were followed up and contact traced in-line with current Scottish Government Guidelines."
  • Across Scotland, the number of people to have tested positive for the virus is now 15,471, an increase of 53 with 40 of those described as "historical tests".
  • A total of 2,375 patients who tested positive have died, an increase of 12 in the past 24 hours.
  • In all, 116,848 people in Scotland have been tested for the virus through NHS labs, with 101,377 testing negative.
  • Of the people who have tested positive, 3,721 inpatients have been discharged from hospital since March 5.
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  • Common symptoms of coronavirus include:
  • High temperature or fever.
  • Cough.
  • Shortness of breath.
  • Loss of taste or smell.
  • A free helpline has been set up for people who do not have symptoms but are looking for general advice: 0800 028 2816.