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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Nicola Sturgeon comments on review of lockdown measures

First Minister praises Scottish public

Once again let me thank all of youfor your effort and your sacrifice.

Nicola Sturgeon

First Minister addresses the nation - the key points

First Minister Nicola Sturgeon.

Key points from the First Minister's briefing:

  • Overwhelming majority of Scots "sticking with" lockdown restrictions
  • Review of lockdown "unlikely" to result in lifting of restrictions
  • Sturgeon said lockdown measures appear to be working
  • 6,067 positive cases
  • 9 new deaths
  • 575 deaths in total

Scottish NHS and care staff launch PPE petition

NHS staff and carers have launched an online petition.

The petition launched by NHS and care staff raises concerns that the personal protective equipment (PPE) which is currently used by staff in hospitals and care homes is not robust enough to protect them from the virus.

“At present, with current PPE we believe that the risk of becoming infected and/or passing infection between patients as a consequence of inadequate protection is simply too great,” it states. 

Entitled “Healthcare workers in Scotland must be given the correct PPE”, it has been posted on the ipetitions website. 

Read the full story here.

406 carehomes in Scotland have residents with coronavirus

Health Secretary Jeane Freeman has confirmed that 406 Scottish care homes have reported at least one case of suspected of confirmed coronavirus.

It comes as care workers and medical professionals raise concerns about the poor quality and low supply of Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) for frontline staff in Scotland and across the UK.

Prince William says Britain is "at its best" in a crisis

Prince William praised the community spirit of the nation.

Prince William has said the Covid-19 pandemic has shown that Britain is “at its best when we’re in a crisis”.

Speaking to a group of charities that are supporting vulnerable people during the outbreak on Sunday, the Duke of Cambridge praised the nation’s community spirit. 

"I think Britain is at its best, weirdly, when we're in a crisis,” he told Jacky Crawford, of the Moorlands Community Charity in East Yorkshire.  

Vulnerable people have not received letters from the Scottish government

Many people in the government's vulnerable category have not yet received letters explaining how they can shield themselves from coronavirus.

The Scottish government promised that it would contact the more than 130,000 vulnerable people in Scotland with a letter explaining how they should be protected.

But BBC's Good Morning Scotland said several people had got in touch with the show to say they have yet to receive their letter.

Sir Jackie Stewart pays tribute to Stirling Moss

Jackie Stewart has paid tribute to Moss.

The legendary racing driver Sir Stirling Moss died of coronavirus over the weekend. 

"There was no one more glamorous than he was," Sir Stewart told the BBC, "He was a gentleman in the fullest sense. 

Explaining Moss's impact, Sir Stewart said "He has done so much for British motorsport, and the country as a whole.

"I was lucky enough to become good friends with him. We will miss him terribly."

Virologist says UK wasted precious time to prepare for outbreak

Dr Mohammed Maneer, of the University of Lancaster, told the BBC that the UK missed vital opportunities to prepare for the coronavirus pandemic. 

"Locking down is only one measure," Dr Maneer told interviewers.

After the virus spread from China in January, "we had those two months to prepare," he explained, "to acquire all that PPE we needed".

He said that continuing to allow such a "massive influx" of people into the UK in the weeks before the lockdown was a "big factor" in why the country was facing such a large number of cases.

Police Scotland arrest 35 people for breaking lockdown

Police have fined more than 500 people.

Officers in Scotland have arrested 35 people for breaking lockdown restrictions over the Easter weekend. 

Police Scotland have issued more than 500 fines to people, including four who had to be rescued from Crammond Island on Sunday after being cut off from the tide.

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