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Coronavirus in Scotland LIVE: Latest updates on Friday, 1 May

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  • 1,515 people have died in Scotland from Covid-19
  • 1,809 in hospital with Covid-19
  • 40 new deaths in Scotland
  • 11,654 positive cases - up 301
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Edinburgh author Irvine Welsh has given a thumbs-up to an actor's hilarious parody of Trainspotting's iconic 'Choose Life' opening rant - reworked to poke fun at the absurdity of life in Scotland during lockdown.

Petition started to 'allow Scottish people to play golf again'

A petition has been started to "allow Scottish people to play golf again, now" as frustration grows about courses being closed by the COVID-19 crisis.

The call to the Scottish Government is being led by Edinburgh golfer Simon Norris, who received nearly 100 signatures within a few hours of the petition going live on

McDonald's to reopen first restaurants for delivery on May 13

McDonald's has revealed it will reopen its first UK restaurants for delivery on May 13 after shutting sites due to the coronavirus lockdown.

It said it will reopen 15 restaurants for delivery only, with the locations of these restaurants being announced next week.

The fast-food chain has spent this week testing its operations behind closed doors in preparation to reopen sites.

Laptops and tablets to be given to hundreds of vulnerable families

Hundreds of vulnerable families are being given laptops and tablets after children's charities teamed up in an initiative to combat "digital exclusion" during lockdown.

Aberlour Child Care Trust and Children 1st have joined forces with the Scottish Government's No One Left Behind scheme to support some of the most deprived families in the country who may be finding it hard to stay connected and do schoolwork without access to digital devices.

It is estimated between 15,000 and 20,000 vulnerable people are currently experiencing digital exclusion in Scotland, as well as being in the most vulnerable groups for Covid-19.

Nearly 100 laptops and 500 tablets are being distributed to families in most need through the initiative.

Judge could give guidance on mentally-ill people who could spread Covid-19

A Court of Protection judge could give guidance to social services chiefs on how they should deal with mentally-ill people who might unwittingly spread Covid-19.

Mr Justice Hayden has been told that council bosses want to know whether they can lawfully stop vulnerable people in their care, who might pose a risk, from leaving accommodation.

He said he would consider giving guidance in the near future.

Volunteer drive put on hold as nearly 80,000 sign up

Recruitment for volunteers to help Scottish public services and charities during the coronavirus crisis has been put on hold after almost 80,000 people signed up, Communities Secretary Aileen Campbell has revealed.

The Scotland Cares campaign was launched at the end of March, seeking people willing to help the NHS and councils during the pandemic.

Volunteers have been delivering food and medicine to people isolated at home or providing companionship through phone calls.

Ms Campbell said: "In addition to the thousands of amazing volunteers who were already giving their time and energy to help their communities, I want to thank each and every person who has signed up.

“I am sure I speak for everyone across Scotland when I say we are appreciative and grateful for this public spiritedness which will ensure people across the country get the help and support they need.”

Half of GP consultations could now move online, says doctors' leader

There could be a "dramatic" change to how GPs see patients in the future, with around half of consultations moving online, a doctors' leader has said.

Professor Martin Marshall, chairman of the Royal College of GPs, told the Commons Health and Social Care Committee there had been a large uptake in virtual consultations due to Covid-19, in part because doctors had been given more sophisticated technology and equipment.

He told MPs: "There's going to be a dramatic change.

Answers on Covid-19 immunity could come in the next year, experts say

Questions over what natural immunity people might develop to coronavirus, and which drugs could help those worst affected could be answered in the next year, an expert advisory group has said.

They are among the research priorities highlighted as the most urgent by the Academy of Medical Sciences and the British Society for Immunology, as scientists work around the clock to develop a vaccine and trial medicines amid the pandemic.

In a paper published on Friday, the group of 15 leading immunology experts identified key areas of research into immunity and treatments which they said could be delivered "within 12-18 months" provided there is "funding and support for relevant research".

Key areas regarding immunity include establishing what, if any, protection is provided by antibodies developed by recovered patients, whether T-cells are involved in generating immunity, and how antibody tests could be safely and reliably used.

Children's hospital could be hit by further delay, says Health Secretary

The delayed opening of a flagship hospital could be further postponed due to the coronavirus outbreak, the Health Secretary has said.

The Royal Hospital for Sick Children and Young People in Edinburgh was expected to open in July last year but concerns over ventilation issues just days before patients were due to be moved in led to delays.

Revised plans to open the hospital this autumn are now under review, Jeane Freeman said.

In a response to a question from Angela Constance, the SNP MSP for Almond Valley, Ms Freeman said: "I have been informed by NHS Lothian that due to complexities with the remaining work and the impact of the Covid-19 pandemic, this has led to possible changes to the delivery of the programme of works to address the issues of patient safety in clinical care and haemato-oncology.

Nicola Sturgeon daily news briefing LIVE: Scottish Government to undertake "advanced outbreak investigation" at care homes reporting cases of Covid-19

Expanding the testing regime in Scotland, the First Minister announced that the Scottish Government would undertake "advanced outbreak investigation" at care homes reporting cases of Covid-19.

The investigation will involve testing of all residents and staff regardless of symptoms.

The First Minister said that, if a care home is part of a chain where staff move between homes, the testing will be carried out in the linked institutions.

Ms Sturgeon also said there will be sample testing done in homes where no cases have been reported.

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