There have been no registered Covid-19 deaths in Scotland for three days in a row, the latest figures show.
Nicola Sturgeon described the statistics as an enormous ‘sense of relief’ yet said it was ‘coupled with anxiety’.
Posting on Twitter this afternoon she urged the country to continue to ‘follow the rules’.
Today, Edinburgh University academic Professor Devi Sridhar – an expert in public health who sits on the Scottish government’s Covid-19 advisory group – said the continuing decline in new cases of the disease was promising.
She told the BBC that as long as cases stayed at a low level, and contact tracing was effective: "I think for me that's pretty much a Covid-free Scotland.
“At that point the risk to people's daily lives becomes negligible.
"I think Scotland is on track to eliminate coronavirus by the end of the summer by looking at the rate of the decrease.”
Covid-19 figures released on Sunday showed the total number of people who have died under the measurement remains at 2,482.
Eight more people tested positive for the virus and 452 people are in Scottish hospitals with confirmed or suspected cases.
There were five people in intensive care with confirmed cases of Covid-19 and eight with suspected cases.
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