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Coronavirus in Scotland LIVE: Latest updates on Wednesday

Last updated: Wednesday, 24 June, 2020, 10:23

  • Four further Covid-19 deaths in Scotland announced on Wednesday
  • Covid-19 second wave could mean Scots economy does not recover, experts warn
  • Diageo announces £4 million in funding for Scots pubs

 

Nicola Sturgeon daily news briefing live

Nicola Sturgeon has confirmed 18,191 people now have tested positive for Covid-19 - an increase of nine from yesterday.

The First Minister said 880 patients are in hospital with a suspected or confirmed case (up 15, though there has been a drop of 23 confirmed cases), with 23 being treated in intensive care (up two).

A further four people who tested positive have died in the last 24 hours, taking the total to 2,480 deaths in Scotland by that measure.

This is lower than the 4,119 deaths confirmed by NRS earlier as that figure includes all cases where Covid-19 is mentioned on a death certificate, even if the patient had not been tested.

Nicola Sturgeon daily news briefing live: Four further deaths in Scotland

Speaking at First Minister’s Questions, Ms Sturgeon said that four more people had died from the virus in the last 24 hours.

It brings the total death toll of people who tested positive for Covid-19 to 2,480.

Confirmed cases of the virus have now reached 18,191, an increase of nine on the day before.

The number of patients in hospital with confirmed or suspected coronavirus stands at 880 - 15 more than yesterday.

23 people are now being treated for the virus in Scotland’s intensive care units.

Ms Sturgeon called the trend in the figures “clear” and positive”.

A total of 4,119 Scots deaths linked to Covid-19, NRS figures show.

A total of 4,119 people have died in Scotland with confirmed or suspected coronavirus, according to the National Records of Scotland (NRS).

Forty-nine deaths relating to Covid-19 were registered between June 15 and June 21, down 20 on the previous week - the lowest weekly total since mid-March.

A total of 39 excess deaths - deaths above the five-year average - were recorded in this week.

Forty-one percent of all registered deaths involving Covid-19 in this week occurred in care homes, and the number of deaths in care homes fell for the eighth week, by 15 to 20.

The statistics are published weekly and account for all deaths registered in Scotland where Covid-19 was mentioned on the death certificate.

They differ from the lab-confirmed coronavirus deaths announced daily by the Scottish Government because they include suspected or probable cases of Covid-19.

Coronavirus-hit Skye care home will not have registration suspended

An application to suspend the registration of a coronavirus-hit care home has been dropped following improvements, a court has heard.

David Logan, appearing on behalf of petitioners Social Care and Social Work Improvement Scotland, which has been pursuing legal action against the operators of Home Farm on Skye, said an inspection in the last 48 hours found residents are no longer seriously at risk in terms of their health.

The case against the home's operators HC-One was launched in March after it emerged 10 residents had died at the care home amid the outbreak.

Mr Logan, appearing via video link to the hearing at Inverness Sheriff Court, said questions remain over who will operate the home in the long-term and said that must be established before further decisions are made.

Coronavirus tests which give results in minutes to be trialled by NHS

Coronavirus tests which could give results in minutes rather than days will be tried out in the NHS as part of a research programme.

Researchers from Manchester University NHS Foundation Trust and the University of Manchester will assess the effectiveness of tests, which could be quicker, more convenient and more accurate, as part of a £1.3 million national programme.

The Covid-19 National DiagnOstic Research and Evaluation Platform (CONDOR) - funded by the National Institute for Health Research, UK Research and Innovation, and Asthma UK and British Lung Foundation - will evaluate how new diagnostic tests perform in hospitals, general practices and care homes.

Tests being used to detect Covid-19 at the moment can take 72 hours to give results.

John Swinney: Scotland could be well into phase four of lockdown by August

Scotland could be "very significantly" into the final phase of easing lockdown by the time pupils go back to school in August, the Education Secretary has said.

John Swinney said there has now been a "sustained reduction" in levels of Covid-19 across the country, which enabled him to announce on Tuesday plans for children to return to the classroom full-time from August 11.

His change in stance came after the Scottish Government's initial plans for blended learning - which could have seen youngsters in school for as little as one day a week in some areas - had come under fire from parents.

Ten days ago, Mr Swinney said it was "unlikely" schools would return to normal within the next academic year.

John Swinney: The virus will have to be at a 'very, very low level' to reopen schools safely

Scotland's Education Secretary, John Swinney, has said that the nation’s schools can reopen normally in August because there has been a “sustained reduction in the level of infection within our society”.

However, he warned that the virus would need to be at a "very, very low level" to reopen schools safely.

Mr Swinney was speaking on BBC's Good Morning Scotland radio programme this morning.

Love Record Stores Day takes over £1 million in revenue

Love Record Stores Day has delivered a massive boost to music retailers in the UK - taking over £1 million in revenue.

Taking place online on Saturday (June 20), Love Record Stores Day was held to replace the rearranged Record Store Day 2020 — which has been postponed twice this year due to the Covid-19 crisis.

“We had really high hopes for our #LoveRecordStores event, but things exceeded even our most ambitious expectations,” said Jason Rackham, one of the organisers behind the campaign.

Spit guards 'not effective' in combating Covid-19

Spit hoods placed on the heads of suspects to reduce the risk of police officers being infected with coronavirus do not offer "effective" protection, their manufacturers said.

Amnesty International has urged the Police Federation to retract a recommendation that every officer should carry the hoods during the pandemic and suspend roll-out following the admission.

In March, the Police Service of Northern Ireland (PSNI) said it would deploy the equipment in custody suites where it questions suspects.

Organisations which represent officers had called for them to protect their members from infection.

Spit guards 'not effective' in combating Covid-19

Spit hoods placed on the heads of suspects to reduce the risk of police officers being infected with coronavirus do not offer "effective" protection, their manufacturers said.

Amnesty International has urged the Police Federation to retract a recommendation that every officer should carry the hoods during the pandemic and suspend roll-out following the admission.

In March, the Police Service of Northern Ireland (PSNI) said it would deploy the equipment in custody suites where it questions suspects.

Organisations which represent officers had called for them to protect their members from infection.

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