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

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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Job Retention Scheme to be extended until June, the Treasury confirmed

The Job Retention Scheme, which allows companies to furlough staff and have the government cover up to 80% of the cost of their salaries, will be extended by a month to June, the Treasury has announced. 

It follows confirmation that the coronavirus lockdown will go on for at least another three weeks.

Hebridean farmer paints his sheep with messages of support for the NHS

Farmers on a Hebridean island have shown their appreciation for the NHS during the Coronavirus pandemic by spray painting sheep with messages of support.

847 new coronavirus deaths in UK

A further 847 people have died with coronavirus in the UK, taking the total to 14,576. 

This is down on yesterday's figure, which was 861. 

Of the 13,943 people tested yesterday, 5,599 tested positive. 

There have been a total of 108,692 positive tests for the virus. 

Further ‘waves’ of coronavirus will hit the UK, leading doctor warns

Britain could suffer 40,000 deaths in first coronavirus outbreak and may be hit by up to ten waves of the infection before the population achieves herd immunity, former World Health Organisation official warns MPs.

Professor Anthony Costello, of University College London's Institute for Global Health, told a committee of MPs that the "harsh reality" is that "we were too slow with a number of things".

"If we're going to suppress the chain of transmission of this virus in the next stage we all hope that the national lockdown and social distancing will bring about a large suppression of the epidemic so far - but we're going to face further waves," he said.

Tributes paid to Edinburgh NHS worker who died with Covid-19

Tributes have been paid to an NHS worker who died after contracting the coronavirus.

Jane Murphy, 73, worked at the Edinburgh Royal Infirmary as a clinical support worker.

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.

Drones banned from flying within two miles of NHS Louisa Jordan

New airspace restrictions have come into force around the temporary NHS Louisa Jordan in Glasgow.

All aircraft including drones are banned from flying within two nautical miles (2.3 miles) of the hospital.

The restrictions apply to a height of 2,000 feet (0.3 miles) above sea level.

Scottish government hoping to publish the number of Covid-19 cases in care homes as 'soon as possible'

The Scottish government ishoping to publish the number of Covid-19 cases in care homes as 'soon as possible' Nicola Sturgeon said. 

The government will then aim to keep that data regularly updated, she said. 

More support needed to care homes

More support is needed for care homes in Scotland, said Health Secretary Jeane Freeman. 

From this weekend onwards, PPE from the national stockpile will be delivered directly to care homes. 

Anyone working in a care home who has symptoms will be tested. If they are self-isolating because a family member has symptoms then the family member will be tested.

More than 18,000 business support grants awarded in Scotland

More than 18,000 business support grants have been accessed in Scotland, the First Minister says. 

This totals £215 million in support so far. 

Government has duty to support mental health of care workers, says FM

Nicola Sturgeon has said the government has a 'long term duty' to care for the mental health of NHS and other health workers. 

"Our care workers are dealing right now with the most stressful, difficult and challenging situation imaginable," she said at the Scottish Government press briefing on coronavirus.

"That has a toll on mental health that will not go away when the crisis is over."

"We have a longer term duty to make sure support is in place for mental health of care workers," Ms Sturgeon added.

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