Coronavirus in Scotland RECAP: 289 new cases of Covid-19 reported and five further deaths

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Coronavirus in Scotland LIVE: The latest Covid-19 updates on Wednesday, April 7

Last updated: Thursday, 01 January, 1970, 01:00

  • Sturgeon’s promise to boost hospital activity
  • 289 new Covid cases reported in Scotland
  • Five Covid deaths recorded in Scotland

Coronavirus in Scotland LIVE: 289 new Covid cases reported in Scotland on Wednesday - and five further deaths.

The deaths of five Covid-19 patients have been recorded in Scotland in the past 24 hours, along with 289 new cases.

The latest data published by the Scottish Government indicates the death toll under this measure – of people who first tested positive for the virus within the previous 28 days – is 7,619.

The daily test positivity rate of 1.5%, down from 2% on Tuesday.

There were 192 Covid-19 patients in hospital in Scotland, down four in 24 hours. Of these, 21 were in intensive care, no change.

A total of 2,593,932 people have received the first dose of a Covid-19 vaccination and 479,239 have received their second dose.

Music helped UK listeners get through lockdowns, survey suggests

Music helped listeners in the UK get through the pandemic-enforced lockdowns, new research has suggested.

More than a quarter of those surveyed said they had increased their listening time compared to before the country shut down, according to a survey from the British Phonographic Industry (BPI).

Only 11% of those asked said they listened to less or no music at all, the BPI said, and a jump in consumption was most pronounced in the 16-24 age group.

The BPI, the UK record labels association, said 45% of respondents in this age group listened to more music since the first national lockdown in March last year.

And the survey suggested people relied on their favourite songs for a boost while separated from their friends and loved ones.

Half of those asked said they listened to music for a lift while 42% cited its ability to aid sleep or relaxation.

For the 60% of respondents who reported weekly feelings of anxiety, more than half – 55% – said music helped ease those feelings.

Those asked also said listening to their favourite songs helped them feel a sense of escape from their problems, while 78% said it made them feel more motivated.

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