Coronavirus in Scotland LIVE: Death toll in Scotland now 1,515 as Nicola Sturgeon announces increased testing

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Coronavirus in Scotland LIVE

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

Key Events

  • 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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Nicola Sturgeon daily news briefing LIVE: Increasing testing capacity not about "chasing numbers"

The First Minister said that increasing capacity was not about "chasing numbers", adding that it was important to increase the number of tests carried out.

She said the Scottish Government would be working to "extend categories" for testing.

On Thursday, the First Minister said there were 2,537 NHS tests carried out, in addition to 2,124 tests at the regional drive-through centres across Scotland, bringing the total numbers to 4,661.

The First Minister also added that 22,400 key workers or family members have been tested by the NHS.

The testing capacity in Scotland currently stands at 4,350, according to First Minster

The testing capacity in Scotland currently stands at 4,350, according to Ms Sturgeon.

The Scottish Government set a target of 3,500 for capacity in NHS labs by the end of April.

By the end of the next week, the First Minister said, testing would rise to 6,500 and further to 8,000 by the middle of May.

The capacity before the outbreak was 350.

Ms Sturgeon also said the UK Government network set up to increase the number of tests has seen the true capacity of testing in Scotland rise to 8,350.

By the end of next week, the First Minister said, capacity is hoped to have risen to 10,500 and 12,000 by the middle of May.

Nicola Sturgeon news briefing live: Scottish NHS reached its target capacity of 3,500 Covid-19 tests per day, which she set at the beginning of April.

Nicola Sturgeon news briefing live: 40 new deaths in Scotland

A total of 1,515 patients have died in Scotland after testing positive for coronavirus, up by 40 from 1,475 on Wednesday, First Minister Nicola Sturgeon said.

She said 11,654 people have now tested positive for the virus in Scotland, a rise of 301 from 11,353 the day before.

There are 1,809 people in hospital with confirmed or suspected Covid-19, up 61 from 1,748 the previous day, Ms Sturgeon added.

Of these patients, 110 are in intensive care, a rise of four.

Edinburgh-born Run for Heroes' 5k challenge founder wins award

The founder of the Run for Heroes 5km challenge has received the Prime Minister's daily Point of Light award.

Edinburgh-born Olivia Strong's initiative has seen a million people run five kilometres, donate £5 and nominate five friends to do the same, raising more than £5 million for NHS charities in the process.

Boris Johnson said he has been "inspired by the ingenuity" of the challenge which has "roused a global movement that has collectively run the entire distance to the moon and back".

The 27-year-old said she was on a run around Arthur's Seat during lockdown when the fundraising idea came to her.

Nicola Sturgeon to give update on Covid-19 testing target

First Minister Nicola Sturgeon is expected to announce whether the Scottish Government has met its coronavirus testing capacity target.

She previously said it was aiming to be able to carry out at least 3,500 tests for Covid-19 by the end of April and stressed the importance of using as much of that capacity as possible.

Scottish Government figures show the actual number of tests carried out by NHS Scotland was almost 2,000 below the target capacity in statistics released with a day to go.

Figures released on Thursday revealed 1,557 people had been tested the previous day.

Dame Cally says NHS England still on track to meet cancer diagnosing target, despite Covid-19 pandemic

Dame Cally told MPs that NHS England was still on track to meet a target of diagnosing 75% of cancers at stages one and two by 2028 despite the pandemic.

She said: "I'm very hopeful because what's been amazing through all the difficulties and challenges of this period, this is the way people have adapted models both in diagnostics and treatments to manage patient pathways really efficiently and some of that learning we need to keep going into the future.

"So, I am still optimistic that we will meet those targets over the term of the long-term plan because it's crucial for our cancer patients."

Ambulance staff thank community with heart-warming video

NHS ambulance staff have created a heart-warming video to say thank-you for the support they have received during the coronavirus crisis.

The footage created by Worthing Ambulance Station features smiling staff, sirens, clapping, a mountain of donated Easter eggs, and a dog dressed as a paramedic.

Jodie Gough, an emergency care support worker at the West Sussex station, worked on the video with her paramedic colleague David Sneddon-Plumb.

She told the PA news agency: "We have been just completely overwhelmed with the donations and thank-you cards and applause, and people coming up to us when we are on standby on jobs.

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