Coronavirus in Scotland RECAP: 575 deaths as confirmed cases reach 6,067

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Key Events

  • 5,912 people in Scotland test positive for coronavirus
  • 575 people have died
  • UK death toll reached 10,612
  • Prime Minister recovering at Chequers after discharge from hospital
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BREAKING: French President Emmanuel Macron said the France's lockdown measures will remain in place until May 11 

Foreign Secretary Dominic Raab speaking at Downing Street daily press conference

He has confirmed the UK’s coronavirus lockdown will not be lifted this week. 

“We don’t expect to make any changes to social distancing measures in place,” he said. 

The Scientific Advisory Group for Emergencies (SAGE) will brief the government this week ahead of a formal decision

Medics should contact government if "concerned" about PPE

Medical professionals have complained about the PPE they are being supplied with.

The First Minister has responded to criticism from medical and care workers over the poor quality and short supply of personal protective equipment (PPE).

Ms Sturgeon told reporters there is an email address for health and care staff to contact if they do not have what they need.

The address is [email protected] 

Ms Sturgeon called on anyone concerned that health and social care workers do not have what they need to use that e-mail address. 

Scotland's ICU capacity "trebled"

NHS Scotland has trebled its intensive care bed capacity, according to Health Secretary Jeane Freeman.

"Boards now have a surge capacity, that means they have the beds ready, the ventilators and the trained staff of 585 beds. They can be resourced immediately," she said.

Scotland can lift restrictions before rest of UK if it chooses - Downing Street

Michael Gove's daughter tested for coronavirus

Following reports that Michael Gove’s daughter tested negative over the weekend after the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster began self-isolating, the No10 spokesman said the test was carried out in consultation with Chief Medical Officer for England Chris Whitty, and was necessary because Mr Gove is a leading figure in the government’s coronavirus response.

UK still far short of testing target

Testing is still below target

Fewer than 19,000 tests for coronavirus were carried out across Great Britain in the latest 24 hour period - still far short of 100,000 target by the end of the month, or the 25,000 goal within a month set by the Prime Minister on 25 March. 

The No10 spokesman pointed to progress in the opening of 20 drive through testing centres and pop-up ‘mega labs’ at Milton Keynes and Manchester, and the fact that 43,000 NHS staff and their families have now been tested. 

Boris Johnson tests negative for Covid-19

The Number 10 spokesman has confirmed that Boris Johnson tested negative for coronavirus before being discharged from hospital. 

The spokesman told journalists that the Prime Minister spoke to Dominic a Raab, who is deputising during his absence, over the weekend. 

Scottish government launch helpline for vulnerable people

Ms Sturgeon says that, from tomorrow, vulnerable Scots who do not have other means of getting support, can call 0800 111 4000 to get help.

She explained that the helpline was designed to give vulnerable people access to resources, including food and medicine, social workers for children, and emotional support.

Those who call the helpline will be connected with their local authority to help get them what they need.

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