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Coronavirus in Scotland LIVE: Latest updates on Thursday

Last updated: Thursday, 30 April, 2020, 16:02

  • 1,475 people have died in Scotland from Covid-19
  • There are 11,353 confirmed cases
  • 60 new deaths in Scotland

The Scottish Fire and Rescue Service have welcomed back 10 control room firefighters who had previous left or retired to help with COVID-19 demand

Scottish pet owners urged to practice social distancing with their pets

Scottish dumps and recycling centres to remain closed despite reports of fly tipping

NHS Louisa Jordan applauds to wish Captain Tom Moore a Happy 100th Birthday

Nicola Sturgeon says road traffic has increased in last week

The number of people using concessionary transport increased by almost a sixth last week, the First Minister said.

Nicola Sturgeon added that while the amount of traffic on the roads had been less than a third of pre-lockdown levels, it had increased this week by about 5%.

"In some of our town and city roads traffic has been 10% higher than in the week before," she said.

She asked people to think about if they were now "a little more active" than they had been at the start of lockdown.

Engineering lecturer makes over 1,000 face shields for frontline workers

An engineering lecturer has produced more than 1,000 face shields for healthcare workers after transforming his study into a PPE production line

Aaron McConville, a lecturer in electronic engineering at Ulster University in Belfast, is using 3D printers he has built and assembled at home over the years to print protective face shields for frontline workers during the Covid-19 pandemic.

Originally printing 20 per day, Dr McConville increased daily production to more than 100 following donations from the university, friends, family, colleagues and the public.

With the help of his partner Alice, Dr McConville has produced more than 1,000 visors and distributed them to a number of care homes, hospitals and hospices in urgent need of PPE in Northern Ireland and England.

Nicola Sturgeon: Next week may be too early to lift lockdown restrictions

Next week may be too early to safely lift any of the coronavirus lockdown restrictions, Scotland's First Minister has said.

Speaking at the Scottish Government's daily coronavirus briefing in Edinburgh, the First Minister said "real progress" has been made on tackling the spread of the virus and the R number, or infection rate, is believed to be below one.

This means each person infected with the virus passes it on to less than one other person, and is down from above three at the start of the lockdown.

But Ms Sturgeon warned these gains are too "fragile" to enable her to be confident that lockdown restrictions can be eased at the next review date of May 7, but this will be kept under review over the next week.

Strugeon points to 'positive progress' in coronavirus battle

While the number of patients in intensive care in Scotland has decreased again, Nicola Sturgeon stressed now was not the time to ease up on restrictions.

While the Scottish Government published plans seven days ago for gradually easing the lockdown, the First Minister said she still had to deliver "tough messages".

She said: "I have to be straight with you, it may very well be too early, even this time next week, in any meaningful way, to safely lift any of the current restrictions."

The R number - which measures the number of people each person with Covid-19 passes the virus on to - is thought to have fallen to below one, compared to above three at the start of lockdown.

"That is real and very positive progress," Ms Sturgeon said.

Nicola Sturgeon daily news briefing: 1,748 people in hospital with confirmed or suspected Covid-19 - up 21

There are 1,748 people in hospital with confirmed or suspected Covid-19 up 21 from 1,727 the previous day, Ms Sturgeon said.

Of these patients 109 are in intensive care, a drop of five.

Nicola Sturgeon daily news briefing: 1,748 people in hospital with confirmed or suspected Covid-19 - up 21

There are 1,748 people in hospital with confirmed or suspected Covid-19 up 21 from 1,727 the previous day, Ms Sturgeon said.

Of these patients 109 are in intensive care, a drop of five.

Nicola Sturgeon confirms 11,353 people have tested positive for Covid-19, an increase of 319

First Minister Nicola Sturgeon confirms 11,353 people have tested positive for Covid-19, an increase of 319 from yesterday.

1,748 patients are in hospital with a suspected or confirmed case (up 21) - with 109 being treated in intensive care (down five).

2,538 people have been discharged from hospital after receiving treatment for the virus since 5 March.

A further 60 people who tested positive have died, taking the total to 1,475 deaths in Scotland by that measure.

Nicola Sturgeon daily news briefing live: 60 new deaths in Scotland

More flights to repatriate Britons from India

Seven more charter flights to repatriate 2,000 British travellers from India have been announced by the Government.

More than 15,000 Britons will have been brought home from the country on 59 rescue flights once the latest schedule is completed, the Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO) said.

The seven additional flights will operate daily from Amritsar to Heathrow Airport between May 5 and 11.

Time for Captain Tom to take a rest, says proud daughter

Captain Tom Moore needs a rest after uniting people across society and across nationalities, his proud daughter has said.

As her father's fundraising hit £30 million, Hannah Ingram-Moore said that for the family the last few weeks will be "embedded in our hearts forever".

She said the 100-year-old has "touched the hearts of many people around the world" and brought hope at a difficult time.

Ms Ingram-Moore told the BBC: "We've said, 'look, take a little rest now'. But I think we know that he has touched the hearts of many people around the world.

"He's definitely engaged us all and given us hope and unity."

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