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

Last updated: Tuesday, 14 April, 2020, 12:13

  • 6,358 confirmed cases of coronavirus in Scotland
  • A total of 615 deaths of people who tested positive for the disease
  • Panel of scientists set to review lockdown measures
  • OBR says 35% drop in GDP a "possible outcome" from 3 month lockdown

Confusion over PPE diversion claims

There is some confusion over the Scottish government's response to claims that personal protective equipment bound for care facilities in Scotland is being diverted to England.

Earlier today, National Clinical Director, Professor Jason Leitch, said the claims were "rubbish" in an interview with Good Morning Scotland.

But in her daily press conference, First Minister Nicola Sturgeon seemed to contradict Professor Leitch, saying she took the claims seriously.

She said her ministers were investigating the claims, and that her Health Secretary, Jeane Freeman had contacted Matt Hancock for clarification.

FM: It would be "unconscionable" if PPE is being diverted to England

Ms Sturgeon said her ministers are "urgently" investigating claims that PPE is being diverted to England instead of Scotland.

The First Minister said she did not think this was being orchestrated by NHS England, but said her government was "seeking assurances" from Westminster.

Scottish Health Secretary Jeane Freeman told reporters that Health Secretary Matt Hancock had cancelled their planned call today.

She said she had written to him about the claims, and made clear to him tha she did not have her permission to centralise supplies of PPE in the UK.

First Minister on care home infections

Care homes are a cause of concern for us."

Nicola Sturgeon

The Scottish government is set to publish data on deaths in care homes tomorrow.

It comes after reports that more than 400 care facilities in Scotland have confirmed cases of Covid-19

Nicola Sturgeon briefing - the key points

Key points:

  • 615 confirmed deaths
  • 6,358 confirmed infections
  • 1,798 hospitalisations
  • 196 people in ICU

OBR suggests 3 month lockdown scenario could leave 2 million unemployed

The Office for Budget Responsibility has released results of a "coronavirus scenario" that show the possible effects of a 3-month shutdown.

The figures suggested one possible outcome was a 35% fall in GDP, and more than 2 million people left unemployed.

The OBR insists that these figures are not a forecast, but one of a number of possible outcomes.

Updates to follow.

First Minister to speak soon

Nicola Sturgeon is expected to speak at a press conference at 12:30pm.

Stay here for live updates.

Shetland care home hit by multiple coronavirus deaths

A number of residents at the Wastview Care Centre in Shetland have died from Covid-19.

The Care Inspectorate, which oversees the Scottish care sector, did not give an exact number, but said its thoughts were with the families of those affected.

According to yesterday's government update, Shetland had 45 cases of coronavirus - an increase of two from Sunday.

UK Government to publish "possible effects" of 3 month shut down

The Office for Budget Responsibility stressed that the report would not be a forecast, simply a possible outcome.

It is predicted to outline an extremely difficult economic scenario for the UK.

First Minister set to address the nation

Ms Sturgeon is set to hold a press conference at 12:30pm today.

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