LiveCoronavirus in Scotland LIVE: 171 confirmed cases | Number of Scottish schools close | 6 cases at care home

Over 170 people in Scotland have now tested positive.

A further 18 Covid-19 cases have been confirmed in Scotland bringing the total to 171.

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Coronavirus in Scotland: 18 new cases confirmed bringing total to 171

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Greater Glasgow and Clyde is currently the most affected region in Scotland with 44 confirmed cases – Lothian is the second worst hit region of the country with 29 positive cases. Orkney and Western Isles are the only two health boards to not report any cases.

There are 153 confirmed Covid-19 cases in Scotland as of Sunday 15 March.

A number of schools in the country have closed amid coronavirus fears.

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

Last updated: Monday, 16 March, 2020, 18:14

  • 171 confirmed cases in Scotland
  • Some Scottish schools have closed
  • The Scottish government has commissioned 700 new ventilators for hospitals to prepare for more victims of the coronavirus
     

Today's daily briefing in full

Number of deaths to COVID-19 more than double

Health Secretary Matt Hancock said 53 people in the UK have now died after testing positive for the coronavirus.

'We are three weeks behind Italy'

Sir Patrick Vallance, England’s chief scientific adviser, was asked if we are still four weeks behind Italy at the daily press briefing.

Vallance says at the early stage the numbers are small, and so it is hard to say where you are with precision. Now he says he thinks we are three weeks behind Italy.

Pregnant women added to list of vulnerable groups

Nicola Sturgeon confirmed today that pregnant women were considered vulnerable and should follow social distancing.

She said the science was not yet clear on whether this group were more at risk but that they were to be included with other vulnerable groups to minimise risk.

Nicola Sturgeon: Life is about to change for all of us as we know it

Speaking at a press conference today, First Minister Nicola Sturgeon confirmed they were stepping up measure to protect the public from coronavirus.

New measures, in line with Westminster, include: if any member of a household is symptomatic all must stay at home for 14 days, to reduce all non essential social contact, to work from home and avoid non essential travel.

Boris Johnson says people should avoid pubs and work from home

The Prime Minister said anyone who lives with someone who has a cough or a temperature should stay at home for 14 days.

Boris Johnson set out the need for "drastic action" to tackle the "fast growth" of coronavirus.

The Prime Minister said that according to the Scientific Advisory Group for Emergencies (Sage) "it looks as though we are now approaching the fast growth part of the upward curve" in the number of cases.

"Without drastic action cases could double every five or six days," he said.

Football coach dies aged 21 to become one of world's youngest coronavirus victims

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EU is imposing a 30-day travel ban on non-essential entry with exceptions for those with family members in the EU, medical professionals and those commuting across borders for work

Edinburgh West MP Christine Jardine will hold a special over-the-phone advice surgery this Friday in place of face-to-face meetings

Emergency coronavirus legislation and NHS finance bill will be 'nodded through' without divisions later this week to avoid close contact between the MPs.

This is the first time a Westminster finance bill has not had a division since WWII. 

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