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

Last updated: Thursday, 01 January, 1970, 01:00

  • 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

Jason Leitch: testing "is not the panacea everybody thinks it is"

Speaking to BBC Scotland, the National Clinical Director said: "We should test those who are sick, for surveillance and we should test key workers."

He said testing "is not the panacea everybody thinks it is", explaining that an antibody test will need to be developed before mass screening becomes viable. 

Boris Johnson will not return to work immediately

The Prime Minister was discharged from hospital yesterday.

Boris Johnson has been discharged from hospital but won't immediately return to work, a spokesperson for No. 10 has confirmed.

A No10 spokesman said: “The Prime Minister has been discharged from hospital to continue his recovery, at Chequers.

“On the advice of his medical team, the PM will not be immediately returning to work. He wishes to thank everybody at St Thomas’ for the brilliant care he has received. 

“All of his thoughts are with those affected by this illness.” 

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Edinburgh's deserted Royal Mile.

These photos show an eerily quiet Edinburgh over the Easter weekend.

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Crammond Island closed after people flout lockdown rules

Edinburgh Council have shut the path to Crammond Island "until further notice", after four people had to be rescued from it when they were cut off by the tide.

Police Scotland said the three men and one woman were all fined for breaking lockdown restrictions, despite pleas for people to stay at home from the First Minister and Scotland's Chief Constable, Iain Livingstone,  on Friday.

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Crammond Island closed after people flout lockdown rules

Edinburgh Council have shut the path to Crammond Island "until further notice", after four people had to be rescued from it when they were cut off by the tide.

Police Scotland said the three men and one woman were all fined for breaking lockdown restrictions, despite pleas from the First Minister and Scotland's Chief Constable, Iain Livingstone  on Friday.

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Scotland's Men's Sheds helping protect NHS workers

Plastic face shields are a key piece of personal protective equipment.

The Kinross and District Men’s Shed (KDMS) is set to produce 800 plastic face shields for health workers in Scotland. 

KDMS is using 3D printers to make the Polyatic Acid face shields, and has already completed around 300 - with a further 500 newly ordered. 

The masks help stop wearers from touching their faces, and prevents exposure to Covid-19, which can be spread through coughs and sneezes. 

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Is Scotland's curve flattening?

Professor Jason Leitch

Speaking at the daily press conference yesterday, the national clinical director, Professor Jason Leitch, said that the indicators in Scotland are “perhaps beginning to show flattening.

But he warned: “I use my words very, very carefully.

“The peak has never been going to be a single day - it’s never going to be a Tuesday and then suddenly everybody gets back to work and we open up everything again. That’s not how this is gong to work.

The official figures for deaths in Scotland has seen smaller rises in recent days - just 24 on Sunday, after an increase of 48 on Friday.

“There are some early signs that the lead indicators may be flattening off or not accelerating as they were," Leitch said.

"But let me be very clear that’s a fragile place. It’s exceptionally fragile and if we remove the social distancing or the other measures too early that will crumble.” 

Scottish death toll stands at 566

Yesterday the Scottish government confirmed that 566 people who tested positive for coronavirus had died from the disease.

5,912 people in Scotland had tested positive by Sunday, out of 31,114 who were tested.

1,755 people across Scotland have been hospitalised with confirmed or suspected coronavirus - and 221 of them were receiving treatment in the country's IUCs.

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