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Nicola Sturgeon clapping key workers on Thursday evening.

Coronavirus in Scotland LIVE: Latest updates on COVID-19 on Friday 17 April

Last updated: Friday, 17 April, 2020, 20:00

Key Events

  • 837 patients who tested positive have died in Scotland
  • Lockdown extended for 'at least' three weeks
  • 7,409 positive cases
  • 7 fewer patients in ICU
  • Police officers across Scotland now to be given face masks
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The NHS hero, who died yesterday after being diagnosed with COVID-19 has been praised by her colleagues for her hard work in the health service

Hunt for coronavirus vaccine given boost by the launch of UK Government taskforce

Twenty-one new research projects combating coronavirus will receive Government funding from a £14 million investment.

This follows the Government's £250 million pledge to develop a vaccine.

Where Scottish and English police differ on Covid-19 lockdown restrictions

Police chiefs south of the border have issued guidance to forces on the “reasonable” excuses for leaving home during the Covid-19 lockdown – but this has not been adopted in Scotland.

Scottish woman unable to claim benefits is denied furlough scheme despite pleading with former employer three times

A woman who recently landed a new job with better career prospects and a higher wage has found herself with zero income since the coronavirus lockdown.

Jaimelee Rattray, an experienced legal PA from Glasgow, is one of many workers caught in a web of financial hardship

Jaimelee Rattray, an experienced legal PA from Glasgow, is one of many workers caught in a web of financial hardship due to not qualifying for the coronavirus Job Retention Scheme or universal credit.

She said: “The situation is desperate. I’ve fallen into this strange limbo where I don’t have any way of receiving any income.

When will we have a coronavirus vaccine? Latest update on UK vaccine progress

There are more than 20 vaccines currently in development.

Here is where you can find out all you need to know

Facebook is adding a new ‘reaction’ in the wake of the coronavirus pandemic

Facebook is adding a care reaction to the social network as a way for people to share their support with one another during the coronavirus pandemic.

An animation of a smiley face cuddling a heart will join the existing six reactions, which users can place on posts, comments, images and videos across the platform.

Scottish Open in East Lothian postponed as European Tour cancels two other events

The scheduled second staging of the $7 million Rolex Series event at the East Lothian venue has been put on hold by the European Tour as three more tournaments were added to a growing list of postponements and cancellations.

Read more HERE

What is proning? Position some coronavirus patients should lie in explained

A technique called proning has made headlines after mother-of-two Stacey Fresco, who had hours to live, was saved using the risky technique.

Find out what you need to know about proning here.

Highland OAP inspired by Captain Tom Moore who aimed to raise £10k for NHS reaches nearly £120,000

90-year-old Margaret Payne has smashed her target of raising £10k for the NHS after a slew of donations took her total to nearly £120,000. 

Margaret aims to climb the equivalent of local mountain Suilven......2,398 feet .. in stairs at her home in Ardvar, to help raise the funds. 

When she hit her target yesterday, she said it was "amazing", we are sure she is delighted to see her total now! 

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