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

Last updated: Saturday, 25 April, 2020, 15:53

  • 47 new deaths in Scotland
  • Number of patients in hospital is 1,748
  • 10,051 have tested positive
  • Total deaths reaches 1,231 


 

Britain becomes fifth country to pass 20,000 Covid-19 deaths

The UK has become the fifth country to pass 20,000 deaths in hospital from Covid-19, behind the US, Italy, Spain and France.

The US hit the 20,000 mark on April 11, according to data from the European Centre for Disease Prevention and Control.

Italy reached 20,000 on April 13, Spain on April 18 and France on April 20.

The figures for each country are problematic to compare as each government has its own counting criteria.

Instead, Saturday's figures can be seen as a symbolic milestone, as it proves the Government has definitively missed its best case scenario of deaths of 20,000 or below.

In reality, deaths in the UK from coronavirus probably topped 20,000 several days ago.

The figure does not include deaths in care homes, which the World Health Organisation (WHO) estimates could account for half of all deaths in Europe.

Cyber criminals target online whisky auction

The final phase of a record-breaking online whisky auction has been postponed indefinitely after being targeted in a cyber attack.

The first part of Richard Gooding's The Perfect Collection, consisting of more than 1,900 bottles, sold for more than £3.2 million earlier this year.

The second phase, made up of 1,958 lots, went up on the Whisky Auctioneer website on Monday April 10.

Highlights included one of the world's most sought-after whiskies, the Macallan 1926 Fine and Rare 60 Year Old, which was expected to fetch more than £1 million.

Bidding was due to close at 7pm on Monday but was postponed for 48 hours, initially attributed to "abnormal excessive loads on the website which caused some technical issues".

Nine-year-old to run from London to Paris - in his garden

A nine-year-old boy inspired by Captain Tom Moore's fundraising efforts will be running from London to Paris in his garden.

Josh Hall, from Blean, Kent, is running 341km (around 211 miles) over the course of two months to raise money for the NHS.

Josh started the challenge on April 16, and will be running 6km (3.7 miles) per day over three 2km (1.2 mile) sessions in the garden and local green areas.

He will be using a rowing machine to cover the distance that would be the Channel and the Seine river.

Key health workers can continue to access tests through local NHS testing centres

Health and social care workers will continue to access tests primarily through local NHS testing centres.

Other workers can apply to be tested at one of the four drive-through sites in Scotland at Glasgow, Edinburgh and Aberdeen airports and at Inverness campus and the target time for results arriving is 48 hours.

Applications for these sites, run by private contractors on behalf of the UK Government, can be made on the UK Government booking website.

Tests for Scotland were still available on Saturday, after spots for regional drive-through sites in England and Northern Ireland had run out by 10am.

In Scotland, these sites can be used by people who live in a 90-mile radius, while a "limited number" of home testing kits are available.

Other workers now eligible for the tests include undertakers, essential workers in the supply of energy, water and chemicals, teachers who are continuing to work, those in financial services and journalists.

Inquiry into impact of Covid-19 on Welsh economy launched

 A group of MPs has launched an inquiry into the consequences of the Covid-19 pandemic on the economy in Wales.

The Welsh Affairs Committee, which scrutinises the impact of the UK Government's policies on the country, said the coronavirus outbreak was the most "challenging" period for Wales since devolution.

There have been 774 deaths and 8,900 people who have tested positive for the virus.

47 more Covid-19 deaths in Scotland as total rises to 1,231

A total of 1,231 patients have died in Scotland after testing positive for Covid-19, a rise of 47 from 1,184 on Friday, the Scottish Government has confirmed.

The number of people who have tested positive for the virus north of the border is 10,051, up 354 from Friday's figure of 9,697.

The figures published on the Scottish Government's website confirmed 1,748 patients are in hospital with confirmed or suspected Covid-19, a rise of 38 from 1,710 previous day, while 140 of these patients were in intensive care, down one.

Ewan McGregor backs children's charity in video message

Star Wars actor Ewan McGregor has given his support to a new campaign from a children's charity in a video message.

The Perth-born actor is backing the new campaign from Children's Hospices Across Scotland (Chas), called Share Your Joy, which encourages people to upload uplifting messages on social media which will be shared with children and families in isolation.

As part of the campaign McGregor is backing the charity's drive on May 4, often referred to as Star Wars day, which encourages people to share stories about their favourite sci-fi, fantasy, cartoon or musical hero, by digging out their favourite "geeky" t-shirt.

In a video promoting the campaign, McGregor, who plays Obi-Wan Kenobi in the Star Wars series, donned his own Scotland shirt, written in the film's font.

Scottish Government urged to routinely test frontline workers

Frontline hospital and care workers in Scotland should be routinely tested for Covid-19 regardless of whether or not they are showing symptoms, the Scottish Greens have said.

The party has written to Health Secretary Jeane Freeman urging her to introduce the policy, arguing it will "better protect" such staff, prevent people isolating needlessly and reduce anxiety around symptomless workers passing on the virus.

Scottish Greens parliamentary co-leader Alison Johnstone said the additional testing capacity currently not being used could be turned over to these tests.

In a paper outlining the proposal, the party said its analysis of Scottish Government figures indicates an average of 1,186 tests have been carried out daily since April 5.

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