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Here are the latest events in Scotland as confirmed cases of Covid-19 across the world reach more than 715,000.

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The First Minister Nicola Sturgeon has addressed the nation amid the coronavirus crisis.

Coronavirus in Scotland RECAP: latest updates on Scottish Covid-19 cases

Last updated: Tuesday, 31 March, 2020, 21:22

  • 1,993 confirmed cases in Scotland, and 60 deaths
  • Edinburgh Fringe Festival cancelled amid coronavirus uncertainty
  • First cases confirmed in Western Isles since outbreak began

French Open doubles champion and television commentator Patrick McEnroe tests positive for virus

It has been reported a 13-year-old boy with no underlying health conditions has died after testing positive for coronavirus

Michael Gove gives daily Downing Street briefing

Michael Gove has said that 143,186 people in the UK have now been tested for Covid-19. Of those 25,150 tested positive.

Yesterday saw the highest single increase in the number of deaths – 381 people died. Of those that have been hospitalised in the UK, 1,789 have sadly died.

10,767 people in England have been admitted to hospital with Covid-19 symptoms. 

Vital treatments to continue for Scots cancer patients

19 year-old becomes UK's youngest healthy virus victim

Tennent’s extends help for Scottish pubs and restaurants hit by coronavirus

NHS Western Isles report two people on the Isle of Lewis have tested positive for coronavirus, the first cases since the crisis began.

NHS frontline workers visas extended so they can focus on fighting coronavirus

The Lord Justice General responds to Scottish Government's coronavirus bill

Lord Carloway is the head of the Scottish Judiciary.

Lord Carloway, head of the Scottish Judiciary, said that long-standing elements of the justice system "are not to be altered lightly" by the government's proposed legislation.

"The most noteworthy proposal in the Bill is that which would allow for solemn trials to be heard without a jury; with the verdict determined instead by a judge or sheriff," he said.

But he warned that the courts faced a "very daunting" backlog of thousands of cases, caused by recent lockdown measures imposed by the government. Without the changes proposed in the bill, Lord Carloway said "there will be substantial delays in bringing accused persons to trial" that could last for years.

The Scottish Parliament is due to debate the Coronavirus (Scotland) Bill tomorrow (Wednesday, 1 April).

Scottish secretary joins cabinet meeting

Loganair provides the main air links to the Western and Northern Isles

The First Minister said discussions with the airline are ongoing, and said the government would do everything in its power to keep lifelines to and from the Scottish Islands open.

Nicola Sturgeon said: "We have been working closely with Loganair to make sure that we are protecting essential services from our islands to the mainland, and also making sure there are services there for emergency purposes.

"Those discussions with Loganair continue and we will do everything we can to make sure that the company is supported."

Increasing NHS Scotland capacity

Sturgeon confirmed that the Scottish government had put plans in place to use private hospital bed spaces to fight coronavirus, on top of around 3,000 beds set aside in NHS Scotland.

Last week the government unveiled a contingency plan to build a 1,000 bed temporary hospital at the Glasgow SEC in Stobcross. The move came after the Westminster government announced a similar plan to convert the ExCeL centre in London into a 4,000 bed "NHS Nightingale" hospital.

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