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The First Minister announced on Wednesday that two more people had died after testing positive for coronavirus.

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These are the first deaths recorded since July 16, and Ms Sturgeon called them a ‘devastating loss’.

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There were also 67 more positive cases across the country reported yesterday.

Several high schools and primary schools have now confirmed that pupils have tested positive for the virus.

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Coronavirus in Scotland LIVE: Follow here for all Thursday’s updates

Key Events

  • The First Minister confirmed there were no recorded deaths from the virus in the past 24 hours. 
  • 68 people tested positive for the virus. 
  • Police Scotland will now have the power to break up house parties of more than 15 people. 
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FM: Police will use new powers sensibly, proportionately and sparingly

FM: “I am not party to clinical decisions made” and will be waiting for analysis by Public Health Scotland in November on whether people were transferred to care homes with Covid.

FM: I’m not going to stand here and advice parents individually when to keep their children off school.

FM: Covid related reasons come down to whether the child has Covid symptoms. 

FM: Parental judgement on whether a child is ill. 

FM on crowded schools: From Monday in communal and corridors, there is the requirement for face coverings.

FM on football stadia: Trial event at a rugby match rather than a football match not preferential treatment.

FM: “The virus doesn’t care about the shape of a ball.”

FM: The learning from controlling spectators from rugby will be applied to football. 

FM: “Bare with us…it’s not about preferring rugby over football…its about trying to keep people as safe as possible.” 

FM: Apologises for anyone who has had difficulty booking a test, but they are working through issues. Stresses that testing is higher than ever.

FM: From tomorrow, police will have the power to break up house parties of more than 15 people.

FM: A runny nose, if not accompanied by other Covid symptoms, does not warrant a test.

FM: Almost 17,500 young people aged between 2 and 17 were tested. Of those, only 49 tested positive.

FM: Understands parents concern at returning to school, but these stats “reveal the bigger picture.” 

FM: More than 5,000 people in Tayside have been tested and no evidence of wider transmission.

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