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Coronavirus in Scotland LIVE: Latest updates on Thursday

Last updated: Thursday, 07 May, 2020, 20:21

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  • 12,924 positive Covid-19 cases in Scotland

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Plans to implement low emission zones (LEZs) in Scotland’s four largest cities have been put on hold due to COVID-19, the transport secretary announced today.

Michael Matheson announced the decision to temporarily pause their introduction, which was planned as a way of reducing air pollution in the cities, due to the impact of coronavirus on local authorities.

Keir Starmer: UK needs to leave lockdown together

The leader of the Labour Party, Sir Keir Starmer, has said that easing of lockdown restrictions needs to take place across the UK as a whole, as he urged "caution" to avoid another spike in cases of coronavirus.

Speaking ahead of a virtual question-and-answer "Call Keir" session with members of the public from Glasgow, Sir Keir appeared to back Nicola Sturgeon's approach to keeping lockdown in place for another three weeks.

Boris Johnson has said that he will make an announcement on Sunday about lifting restrictions, with some kicking in on Monday.

Wedding officials don PPE to marry a couple

Wedding officials donned PPE to marry a couple in their own home and fulfil the ambition of the terminally ill groom.

Christine Meaney and Desmond Codona were given special permission to marry at their home in Hemlington, Middlesbrough, two days after the family contacted the local council's registrar team.

Mr Codona, 59, has been diagnosed with terminal cancer and was told in April that he could only have weeks left to live.

During the lockdown he told their children he had always wanted to marry their mother, but the time had never been right, so daughter Suzi contacted Middlesbrough Council's principal registrar Dawn Galloway.

Weddings are currently suspended due to the coronavirus outbreak, but after a risk assessment it was decided emergency powers could be used to make the couple's dream come true.

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First Minister extends lockdown

Nicola Sturgeon confirmed that the lockdown would be continued in Scotland.

Speaking at her daily briefing from the Scottish Government's headquarters in Edinburgh, she said: "Our assessment of the evidence leads me to the conclusion that the lockdown must be extended at this stage."

With reports that UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson is set to announce some easing of restrictions, Ms Sturgeon insisted she would "not be pressurised" into lifting measures prematurely.

She explained she did not want to lift restrictions too early, and risk a potential second spike of coronavirus.

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

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