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

Last updated: Monday, 20 April, 2020, 19:00

  • 903 confirmed deaths
  • 8,187 people have tested positive across Scotland
  • NHS Louisa Jordan 'ready for patients'
  • Government Job Retention Scheme goes live

Doddie Weir reacts to UK Government decisions on MND patients during coronavirus lockdown

Scottish rugby legend Doddie Weir has responded to Matt Hancock’s comments made during a discussion about adding MND patients to the “extremely vulnerable persons list” during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Doddie said: “It’s good to hear Matt Hancock is listening to the motor neuron disease community and is open to putting people with MND on this list during the current crisis."

Scots urged to keep 'discipline' during lockdown as warm and sunny weather forecast with 21c possible

The warm weather continues as the UK enters its fifth week of lockdown measures, with members of the public only allowed to leave home for essential reasons like accessing food and healthcare and exercising once a day.

Chancellor reveals 140,000 firms applied for help to pay furloughed staff in first 8 hours of opening

The Chancellor of the Exchequer has revealed that 140,000 firms applied for help to pay furloughed staff in the first eight hours of the coronavirus job retention scheme opening today.

Rishi Sunak said the money would go to those who had applied within six working days.

At the daily UK government briefing Rishi Sunak said the money would go to those who had applied within six working days, paying the wages of a million people who might "otherwise have lost their jobs".

Mr Sunak said that the government and HMRC had worked "tirelessly" to get the CJRS up and running just a month after he had pledged "to help pay people's wages", and he thanked staff in revenues and customs for getting the scheme working quickly.

He also announced the creation of a £500m Our Future Fund, and said £750m grant and loan funding had also gone to Innovate UK to support firms across the UK, with a view to recovering from the economic hit caused by the pandemic. A total of 12,000 loans had also gone to small businesses.

Mr Sunak also revealed that the UK death toll from coronavirus now stood at 16,509.

SNP calls for UK Government to cover small firms excluded by insurance policies

An SNP MP has called on the UK Government to plug gaps in insurance claims as a result of the coronavirus crisis after she was contacted by businesses abandoned without cover.

SNP calls for UK Government to cover small firms excluded by insurance policies

An SNP MP has called on the UK Government to plug gaps in insurance claims as a result of the coronavirus crisis after she was contacted by businesses abandoned without cover.

Scots life sciences firm Omega to make up to 46,000 Covid-19 tests a day

Alva-based medical testing company Omega Diagnostics has signed an agreement to provide manufacturing capability for a Covid-19 antibody test, saying it will produce up to 46,000 of the kits a day.

Omega has provided Mologic with access to one of its manufacturing facilities (which specialises in manufacturing Elisa tests), in Littleport, Cambridgeshire, and both parties have collaborated to produce pilot batches and first validation batches. 

Special taxi service for staff and people being tested for Covid-19 launched in Edinburgh

A new taxi service to help transport workers and patients to Covid-19 assessment and testing centres has been launched in the Scottish capital.

The new scheme, set up by NHS Lothian in partnership with Central Taxis in Edinburgh, will be on call 24 hours a day

It will help healthcare staff get to work and ferry people who have symptoms but cannot get to a nearby centre for care and testing.

Fourth coronavirus drive-through testing centre to open

The new site in Inverness, will join similar ones in Edinburgh, Glasgow and Aberdeen, as part of the UK Government’s drive to increase testing for thousands of vital staff.

How long bars and restaurants could stay closed as government warns they’ll be 'last to exit the lockdown'

Pubs and bars could be the last to reopen for business when lockdown restrictions are relaxed, according to reports

Cabinet Office minister Michael Gove confirmed that areas of hospitality will be among the last to see restrictions lifted.

SNP MP calls for coronavirus tests at airports

Joanna Cherry has written to the Home Secretary Priti Patel suggesting that border control checks, and potential quarantining of new arrivals, should be implemented to help prevent the spread of coronavirus.

The SNP's Westminter home affairs spokesperson said that the UK was an "outlier" in failing to test people at airports and other entry points to the country, and with 260,000 passengers arriving weekly - including 8000 at Scottish airports - testing had to be introduced.

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