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Coronavirus in Scotland LIVE: Latest updates on Thursday

Last updated: Thursday, 07 May, 2020, 12:35

  • 59 new deaths in Scotland
  • Total number of deaths reaches 1,762
  • 12,924 positive Covid-19 cases in Scotland

The First Minister said: "The decisions we take now are a matter of life and death and that is why they weigh so heavily."

Nicola Sturgeon LIVE

Nicola Sturgeon says: "We want to see data in the days ahead that confirms a very clear downward trend.

"We have concluded that the lockdown and the associated regulations must remain in place for now." 

"I am as anxious as anyone to restore some degree of normality to our lives as soon as possible and to reduce the harm we know the lockdown is doing."

Sturgeon reiterates 'stay home' message

Scotland's First Minister, Nicola Sturgeon, today reiterated the message "stay at home, save lives and help us to protect the NHS".

Ms Sturgeon points out the Scottish government is legally required to review the lockdown every three weeks, with the latest one today.

She said: "The lockdown must be extended at this stage."

“We are together making really significant progress in our efforts to get this virus under control.”

1,587 patients are in hospital with a suspected or confirmed case (down 45), with 86 being treated in intensive care (down three)

First Minister Nicola Sturgeon confirms 12,924 people have tested positive for Covid-19, an increase of 215 from yesterday.

Nicola Sturgeon daily news briefing LIVE: Lockdown extended

Nicola Sturgeon daily news briefing LIVE: 59 deaths in Scotland in past 24 hours

Pandemic could lead to more children in foster care, charity warns

There will be a surge in vulnerable children and young people going into care as a result of the Covid-19 pandemic, a charity has said.

Kibble, a child and youth care charity, said trauma, financial turmoil and poor mental health due to the implications of coronavirus could see more children going into foster care.

A report from the Scottish Government's Independent Care Review in April said vulnerable children may be at higher risk of harm and neglect due to high stress home environments.

Vulnerable children will also have less contact with professionals who are normally engaged with them due to the lockdown.

The Parentline charity has received four times the number of calls it usually receives since lockdown began, and the UK-wide domestic abuse helpline has seen a 150% increase in web traffic.

Royal Bank of Scotland chief says assessment of coronavirus impact on economy is realistic

The Bank of England's assessment of the impact of coronavirus on the economy "is a realistic one", the chairman of the Royal Bank of Scotland has said.

Speaking to BBC Radio 4's Today programme, Sir Howard Davies said: "I think it is a realistic one. It is of course based on a number of assumptions, particularly the recovery part to it - it seems to be based on an assumption that the lockdown measures will be released sometime in June and therefore that the economy will be firing on all cylinders by the autumn."

He added: "I think there is going to be a danger on the exit front."

But Sir Howard said "there is some good news" which is that "we're not going to see a credit crunch bringing the economy to a halt".

Increase in Government lending to small businesses in last week

The amount lent to small businesses under a Government support programme accelerated in the last week, according to new data.

Banks provided nearly £1.4 billion to small and medium-sized companies as part of the coronavirus business interruption loan scheme (CBILS).

It brings the total to more than £5.5 billion since the scheme opened, trade body UK Finance said.

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