LiveCoronavirus in Scotland RECAP: Nicola Sturgeon: "coronavirus is in retreat"

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Scottish Government statistics on coronavirus show that 13,627 people have tested positive for the virus.

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Coronavirus in Scotland LIVE: Latest updates on COVID-19 in Scotland

Last updated: Monday, 11 May, 2020, 20:34

  • Scottish death toll at 1,862 with 13,627 positive cases
  • First Minister lifts exercise rule allowing people to exercise more than once a day
  • Scottish Government message remains STAY AT HOME amid PM speech confusion

Nike conference at Edinburgh hotel was ‘Ground Zero for COVID-19 outbreak in Scotland'

A conference staged by sports goods giant Nike at an Edinburgh hotel was ‘Ground Zero’ for the coronavirus outbreak in Scotland and subsequent delays introducing lockdown measures cost more than 2,000 lives, a BBC documentary reported tonight.

Official confirmation of the country’s first COVID-19 case, involving a hospital patient Tayside, was announced publicly on March 2 - and the first death in Scotland was reported by NHS Lothian eleven days later.

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4%-10% of UK population may have been infected

In the UK government's daily press briefing, Sir Patrick Vallance, the Chief Medical Officer, said that antibody test suggested somewhere between 4% and 10% of the UK's population may have been infected with coronavirus.

Johnson: vaccine is not inevitable

Boris Johnson has said it is not guaranteed that a vaccine will be developed to protect against Covid-19.

He said the UK was at the forefront of global efforts to create a vaccine, but warned that in 18 years since the first outbreak of SARS, no vaccine has been successfully developed.

Sir Patrick Vallance, the UK's Chief Medical Officer, said he was optimistic about progress being made around the world in certain vaccine trials, and said he thought the chances of developing once for Covid-19 were “better than they were” at the beginning of the outbreak.

Labour leader gives radio address

In a broadcast on BBC Radio 4, Sir Keir Starmer said: “We are living through the biggest threat this country has faced for a generation.”

“Coronavirus has taken so much from us - it's brought normal life to a halt,” he said. 

"Over 30,000 people have lost their lives... millions are worried about their loved ones, their jobs, their communities, their families and their future."

"That’s why when I was elected leader of the Labour Party, just over a month ago, I promised a new type of opposition. Labour will always put the national interest first."

He said the Labour Party will "have the courage to support the government when that's the right thing to do, and the courage to challenge the government where it's getting it wrong".

“What we needed from the prime minister last night was clarity and reassurance.” 

"We needed to hear that nobody would be asked to go to work or send their children to school without it being safe to do so. 

"I'll keep demanding answers to these questions because that's how we get better decisions and better outcomes. "And when this is over, and one day it will be, I'm determined we'll build a better society. 

"We can't go back to a society where we clap our carers once a week but where half of our care workers are paid less than the real living wage."

Sturgeon on Scotland's road to recovery

“I want to make sure that as we take each new step on the path to recovery, the ground beneath us is as solid as possible.”

Nicola Sturgeon

Nicola Sturgeon: Scottish government making preparations to ease lockdown

In a live address, the First Minister said the Scottish government would ease restrictions once the nation's R number fell comfortably below 1, and said plans were already in place to do so.

She said the government was in discussion with parents and teachers about when schools could safely reopen. 

Nicola Sturgeon: "coronavirus is in retreat"

The First Minister has thanked the public for their compliance with lockdown rules since they started seven weeks ago, saying that the virus is now “in retreat”. 

First Minister to address the nation within the hour

First Minister Nicola Sturgeon is set to address the public at 5:55pm on BBC One Scotland. 

Edinburgh's floral clock redesigned

Edinburgh’s city centre floral clock has been redesigned as a tribute to NHS workers for their efforts in fighting the coronavirus.

Edinburgh's floral clock.

The team responsible for creating the floral landmark, located in West Princes Street Gardens, has unveiled the new design which includes the message: “Edinburgh thanks all key workers.”

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Ian Blackford: 24 hours of "confusion"

SNP Westminster leader Ian Blackford has told Borish Johnson that: "it is obvious the last 24 hours have spread confusion."

He asked the Prime Minister why the UK government's new slogan had not been shared with the devolved nations before it was announced in the press on Sunday.

Mr Johnson insisted that the four nations had been working closely together, saying: “I think we have been able to make a huge amount of progress together.”

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