Coronavirus in Scotland: 400 new positive cases across the country and eight deaths

The Scottish Government has released the latest coronavirus statistics.

There have been 400 cases of coronavirus reported in Scotland in the last 24 hours.

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This is 1.8% of test positivity which the National Clinical Director Professor Jason Leitch has described as ‘encouraging.’

PIC LISA FERGUSON 17/11/2020 COVID 19, CORONS VIRUS - WEST LOTHIAN TO MOVE TO TIER 4 FROM TIER 3 COVID 19, CORONA VIRUS - Scotland's toughest Covid restrictions are to be introduced in 11 council areas - including Glasgow - on Friday. The level four rules will see the closure of non-essential shops, pubs, restaurants and gyms. They will be imposed in East Dunbartonshire, East Renfrewshire, Glasgow, Renfrewshire and West Dunbartonshire. North and South Lanarkshire, East and South Ayrshire, Stirling and West Lothian will also move to level four. The new rules will affect about 2.3 million people living across west and central Scotland, and will remain in place until 11 December. However, East Lothian and Midlothian will move from level three to level two from next Tuesday, First Minister Nicola Sturgeon said. Live updates on the Covid levels announcement Has your area been put into the toughest level? What are Scotland's level 4 restrictions? What are the latest Covid rules in Scotland? Ms Sturgeon also said the existing advice for people in level three or four not to travel outside their own council area except for "certain essential purposes" will become law from Friday. This will also mean that people living elsewhere in Scotland must not travel to level three or level four areas, except for essential purposes, and there must be no non-essential travel between Scotland and other parts of the UK. What do the level four rules mean? You must not visit other people's homes, but can still meet outdoors with up to six people from two households People should stay at or close to home as much as possible Those who can work from home should do so - although construction and manufacturing workplaces can remain open Only essential indoor retail premises will remain open Close contact services, such as hairdressers and beauty salons, visitor attractions, leisure and entertainment settings and indoor gyms will close With the except
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215 people are in hospital with the virus, and 21 patients in intensive care.

There have been eight deaths reported.

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There was no daily briefing from the First Minister on Thursday, as it is the run up to the Scottish elections.

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