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

Last updated: Thursday, 23 April, 2020, 14:05

  • 58 new deaths in the last 24 hours
  • Infections have reached 9,409
  • FM calls infection rate "very encouraging" 
  • Sturgeon unveils "framework" for exiting lockdown

Fall in transmission rate "quite remarkable" - Gregor Smith

The interim Chief Medical Officer Dr Gregor Smith said there was not sufficient data to say where Scotland's "R number" - the rate of infection - was yet.

But he said that the country had seen a "quite remarkable" drop in transmission - a fact that was put down to the public following lockdown rules by the First Minister.

Sturgeon insists Scottish government is being led by the science

FM praises public's effort

People have complied and responded magnificently in the main.

Nicola Sturgeon

The First Minister said 2,000 tests were carried out yesterday, but added that Scotland's capacity will hit 3,500 by the end of the month.

Big gatherings likely to be banned for foreseeable future

The First Minister has warned that "big gatherings and events are likely to be off for some months", as the government works out a way to gradually lift certain lockdown restrictions.

She said that testing, tracing, and isolating would be the future of the government's approach.

"Horrendous decisions"

"Engage with this discussion" - Sturgeon

The First Minister said she understood that most people were not used to reading government documents, but urged Scots to "take a look" at the paper that outlines the government's lockdown exit framework.

"Please, if you can, engage with this discussion," Ms Sturgeon said. 

Sturgeon hints at partial reopening of schools

The First Minister suggested that schools could reopen, but said classrooms might need to be redesigned "to conform with social distancing" - meaning only some children could return.

FM outlines lockdown exit "framework"

Ms Sturgeon said coronavirus was damaging our society, but also said the measures we are taking to defend against it were also damaging us.

She said standards of living and education were falling, and that the economy was being impacted by the lockdown.

But she said "surpressing the virus" was still the priority of the Scottish government, and said restrictions could only be lifted once Covid-19 was under control.

"The real risk" of lifting the lockdown before that stage "is that Covid-19 runs rampant" she said.

Some restrictions may last until the end of the year "or beyond", she explained.

Hospitalisation numbers are "very encouraging"

The numbers are very encouraging, and give us real optimism at this stage.

Nicola Sturgeon
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