LiveCoronavirus in Scotland LIVE: Nicola Sturgeon discusses social interaction rules on first day of lockdown easing

Keep up-to-date with all the key developments unfolding across Scotland and the UK.

Today is the first day of Scotland’s Phase One lockdown easing. Follow the most important updates throughout the day here.

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Coronavirus in Scotland LIVE: latest updates on Scottish Covid-19 cases

Last updated: Friday, 29 May, 2020, 11:37

  • Scotland wakes to first day of Phase One of lockdown easing
  • PM criticised for blocking questions to scientific advisers
  • Nicola Sturgeon warns she will reverse lockdown easing if new guidelines are ignored

£20m funding for Scottish manufacturing - Nicola Sturgeon

Sturgeon: "I'm still nervous about changes"

Nicola Sturgeon reiterates new lockdown rules

The First Minister urges people to change their plans if they arrive at a beauty spot and find that it is already crowded.

Latest coronavrius figures:

  • Deaths: 2,331 - an increase of 15
  • Infections: 15,327 - an increase of 39
  • Hospitalisations: 1,216 - down by 24
  • ICU patients: 40 - up three

First Minister expected to speak soon

Nicola Sturgeon reiterates new lockdown rules

Sunak to tell employers they will need to contribute to their furloughed workers' salaries

The Chancellor is set to tell employers they will need to contribute to their furloughed workers' salaries from August as the Government admitted the scheme cannot run "indefinitely".

Rishi Sunak will use the daily Downing Street press conference to outline changes to the job retention scheme, which has so far covered the wages of 8.4 million staff unable to work during lockdown - costing £15 billion.

Ministers have said they will extend the scheme covering 80% of workers' salaries up to £2,500 per month until the end of October, with employers expected to make a contribution.

Treasury sources did not deny reports that the Chancellor will ask employers to contribute around 20% of wages, as well as National Insurance and pension contributions from August.

Meanwhile Mr Sunak is facing calls, including from a cross-party group of 113 MPs, to extend the scheme supporting self-employed workers past Sunday or risk leaving many "without work and without support".

Coronavirus testing: everyone in UK now eligible for a Covid-19 test - here’s how to apply

Health Secretary Matt Hancock has announced that everyone with synptoms in the UK is now eligible to apply for a coronavirus test.

Everyone in the UK with symptoms can now be tested for coronavirus.

Those now eligible can apply for both a home testing kit or book for a test at one of more than 40 regional drive-through sites

Here is what you need to know about who is eligible for tests and where to access them.

Previously only citizens over five were eligible for a coronavirus test.

But speaking on Tuesday First Minister Ms Sturgeon said that anyone exhibiting symptoms should be tested immediately.

Read the full story.

Sturgeon briefing scheduled for 12:30

Scotland’s First Minister Nicola Sturgeon will hold a virtual coronavirus briefing at 12.30pm along with Economy, Fair Work and Culture Secretary Fiona Hyslop and national clinical director Jason Leitch.

Tim Burgess to play festival launched by charity inspired by Frightened Rabbit singer

The Charlatans frontman Tim Burgess is to star at an online festival being staged by the mental health charity set up in memory of Frightened Rabbit singer Scott Hutchison by his family.

Proceeds from the two-day event next month, which will be streamed live on Facebook, will go towards the work of Tiny Changes, which was created last year to help improve mental health among young people, and other children’s charities which have been affected by the coronavirus pandemic.

Other acts joining Burgess – who has won widespread acclaim for his daily album listening parties on Twitter – include Frank Turner, Bill Ryder Jones, Broken Chanter, Carla Easton and the Scottish Chamber Orchestra.

Scott Hutchison, who was born in Edinburgh, took his own life just over two years ago after a long struggle with mental health.

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