The Scottish Government announced the first case of Covid-19 on March 1 2020, in a Tayside resident who had recently travelled from Italy and was admitted to hospital and treated in isolation.
One year on, the country is once again in lockdown and 9,347 people have died with the virus, according to National Records of Scotland (NRS) data.
But a routemap out of this lockdown has been announced and the vaccination programme is making promising progress.
Here are the 48 key dates from the last 12 months in pictures.
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1. March 2020
MARCH 1 - A Tayside resident who travelled from Italy becomes the first person in Scotland to be diagnosed with coronavirus. MARCH 2 - First Minister Nicola Sturgeon says more than 200,000 Scots could end up in hospital in a “worst-case outcome”. MARCH 11 - The first case of community transmission is confirmed by chief medical officer Dr Catherine Calderwood. MARCH 13 - The first patient dies after contracting Covid-19.
Photo: Peter Byrne
2. March 2020
MARCH 16 - National clinical director Jason Leitch says elderly people will not be asked to stay at home, as more schools close and the Scottish Parliament suspends public engagements. MARCH 18 - After two more deaths, all schools close at the end of the week while bus and rail operators reduce timetables. MARCH 23 - As deaths rise to 14 with 499 positive cases, the country enters lockdown and Ms Sturgeon calls coronavirus “the biggest challenge of our lifetime”.
Photo: Andrew O'Brien/JPI Media
3. April 2020
APRIL 5 - Dr Calderwood resigns after being criticised for visiting her second home while telling Scots not to travel. APRIL 8 - The National Records of Scotland’s (NRS) first weekly report shows 354 people have died of Covid-19, higher than previously thought. APRIL 20 - An emergency hospital, the NHS Louisa Jordan, opens at the SEC in Glasgow. Three days later the First Minister warns restrictions could be kept in place for the rest of the year or longer.
Photo: scottish Government
4. May 2020
MAY 11 - The once-a-day exercise limit is lifted but other restrictions remain in place. MAY 26 - The Test and Protect strategy is unveiled. MAY 29 - Scotland enters phase one of its route map out of lockdown with people allowed to meet one other household outdoors.
Photo: Lisa Ferguson