Nicola Sturgeon: coronavirus death toll in Scotland rises by 1

Nicola Sturgeon has confirmed the latest coronavirus figures for Scotland.

Speaking at her daily press briefing, the First Minister confirmed that one more person has died from the virus in the last 24 hours.

It brings the total death toll of people who tested positive for Covid-19 to 2,363.

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Confirmed cases of the virus have now reached 15,418, an increase of 18 on the day before.

Nicola Sturgeon has confirmed the latest coronavirus figures for Scotland. (Photo by Jane Barlow-WPA Pool/Getty Images)

The number of patients in hospital with confirmed or suspected coronavirus stands at 1,046 - 27 fewer than yesterday.

27 people are now being treated for the virus in Scotland’s intensive care units.

Since March 5, 3,695 people treated in hospital for Covid-19 have recovered and been discharged.

It comes after the country officially entered the first phase of the Scottish government’s lockdown easing plan, allowing people to participate in outdoor non-contact sports like tennis and golf.

Some businesses have also been cleared to reopen, including most outdoor work, and some elements of fast food restaurants.

Ms Sturgeon reiterated her call for people to stick to the new restrictions, to prevent a second wave of coronavirus transmissions.

“The virus has been suppressed,” she said, “but it has not gone away.”

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