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Coronavirus in Scotland LIVE: latest updates on Scottish Covid-19 cases

Last updated: Monday, 27 April, 2020, 13:38

  • 13 new deaths in Scotland
  • Total confirmed cases now 10,521
  • 1762 in hospital - up 27 on Sunday
  • 134 patients in intensive care - up 1

Singer Frank Turner joins fight to save grassroots venues

Frank Turner has thrown his support behind a national campaign to save more than 500 grassroots music venues from permanent closure.

The Save Our Venues initiative, organised by the Music Venue Trust (MVT), hopes to protect the UK's small venues at risk due to the coronavirus pandemic.

Artists will perform virtual gigs in support of their own local venue, chosen from a list of 556 currently deemed in crisis by the MVT.

Each venue will have their own fundraising page with a target of money needed to stay afloat.

UK government plays down testing target expectations

Downing Street played down expectations that it will be clear whether or not the Government has reached its testing target this week.

The Prime Minister's official spokesman said: "It's going to take a little while longer for that to be clear."

He said it will be "difficult" to know on Friday, adding: "For example home testing kits can take up to 72 hours to get the results for and therefore show up in the numbers."

On Monday, all 10,000 home testing kits available were ordered in an hour while, as of 11.30am, around 18,000 of the 22,000 testing site slots had gone, the spokesman said.

Boris Johnson to observe minute's silence for frontline workers

Boris Johnson will observe the minute's silence for frontline workers who have lost their lives to coronavirus on Tuesday.

The Prime Minister's official spokesman said: "We will be supporting the minute's silence.

"We will be asking everybody who works in the Government to take part and we would hope that others will take part nationwide as well."

Nicola Sturgeon: Skills Development Scotland doing more to help people find free courses

Ms Sturgeon also said that Skills Development Scotland was doing more to help people find free courses, should they want to study during the lockdown.

Skills Development Scotland has updated its My World Of Work website to help people find courses of interest, highlighting digital technology, business or language courses from 12 providers.

The First Minister added: "I know that courses like this might not seem like an option, might not be an option for some people.

"But for some people, maybe especially but not exclusively people who are currently furloughed or made unemployed, it could make sense to develop new skills during this period.

"We hope that this initiative will help people to do that safely and free of charge."

Nicola Sturgeon urges business owners not to re-open until ready

The First Minister also urged business owners not to re-open their firms if they cannot adhere to the social distancing measures put in place by the Government, saying a further increase could hit the economy and individual companies harder than remaining in lockdown.

Nicola Sturgeon: 'The job is not done yet. We need you to stay the course'

Nicola Sturgeon said that easing social distancing measures could see the rates of infection rise, countering the progress that has already been made.

She added: "For all of our sakes, and to protect the progress that together we have made, all of the measures that are currently in place need to remain in place for now.

"The job is not done yet. We need you to stay the course."

The First Minister said Scottish Government officials were looking at how the measures can be lifted, but she said the re-opening of Scotland would not be a "flick of the switch action".

She added: "In the coming days, I will say more about the different options under consideration and how we're going about assessing those."

The First Minister also urged business owners not to re-open their firms if they cannot adhere to the social distancing measures put in place by the Government, saying a further increase could hit the economy and individual companies harder than remaining in lockdown.

First Minister said there were 'real signs of progress'

The First Minister also said there were "real signs of progress" in the daily statistics of those affected by Covid-19.

Nicola Sturgeon said that the number of people in intensive care in Scotland has dropped by "around a third" in the last two weeks, along with the number of people being treated in hospital remaining stable.

Despite the progress the First Minister has outlined, she claimed that it was still too early to lift lockdown measures.

She said: "This progress remains very fragile and now is a time for all of us to exercise careful caution.

"It's certainly not the time to throw caution to the wind."

Nicola Sturgeon invites Scots to join minute's silence

The First Minister confirmed that the Scottish Government would join in a minute's silence at 11am on Tuesday to pay tribute to people who have died from the virus while working.

She invited Scots to join in the silence.

The First Minister said the tribute would be "particularly, but not exclusively" for health and care workers.

She added: "The silence will provide an opportunity to pay tribute to those who have died as a result of their work to serve, care for and save others and it will be a further reminder that of all the duties Government bares during a situation like this, the most vital is our obligation to keep care and health workers safe.

"I want to stress again today that I and the Scottish Government are acutely aware of that responsibility and will work each and every day to do everything we can to fulfil that obligation."

Nicola Sturgeon says overall trend in statistics gives "cause for cautious optimism"

A total of 1,262 patients have died in Scotland after testing positive for coronavirus, up by 13 from 1,249 on Sunday, Nicola Sturgeon has said.

The First Minister said 10,521 people have now tested positive for the virus in Scotland, up by 197 from 10,324 the day before.

There are 134 people in intensive care with coronavirus or coronavirus symptoms, an increase of one on Sunday, she added.

There are 1,762 people in hospital with confirmed or suspected Covid-19.

Ms Sturgeon added that 2,380 people who have tested positive for coronavirus have now been able to leave hospital.

She said the overall trend in statistics gives "cause for cautious optimism".

Nicola Sturgeon LIVE: 10,521 people have tested positive for Covid-19

At today's daily news briefing, First Minister Nicola Sturgeon confirms 10,521 people have tested positive for Covid-19

1,762 patients are in hospital with a suspected or confirmed case, with 134 in intensive care.

 A further 13 people who tested positive for coronavirus have died, taking the total to 1,262 deaths in Scotland

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