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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, 10:40

  • 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

Further 58 coronavirus deaths in Scotland

A further 58 coronavirus-related deaths have been registered in Scotland since yesterday, bringing the total number to 837. 

There have been 307 more confirmed cases, bringing the total to 7409. 

There are now 189 people in intensive care, seven fewer than yesterday. 

There remain 1799 people in hospital. 

Scottish Open postponed

The Aberdeen Standard Investments Scottish Open, due to be held at The Renaissance Club in July, has been postponed due to the ongoing threat posed by the coronavirus.

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.

Decisions have also been made to cancel the BMW International Open in Germany and the French Open in the last week of June and first week of July respectively.

Scotrail struggling to process 'tens of thousands' of refund requests

Scotrail has pleaded for patience from the public as it struggles to process tens of thousands of refund requests due to lockdown. 

Denmark loosens lockdown restrictions

Denmark is to allow some healthcare and beauty clinics to reopen from Monday.

The country began to relax lockdown restrictions earlier this week with the reopening of schools for young children.

Now businesses including hairdressers, dentists, tattoo parlours and beauty salons will be allowed back to work. The measures also include optometrists, spa clinics, chiropractors and driving instructors.

Further easing of restrictions will depend on companies keeping to social distancing guidelines. 

Medical students at Aberdeen University are graduating two months early today so they can join the fight against Covid-19

Temporary mortuary under construction in Prestwick Airport hangar

A temporary mortuary to deal with deaths linked to coronavirus is being set up in a Prestwick Airport hangar. 

The mortuary will be put into use if local funeral directors cannot cope with an increase in deaths during the pandemic. 

The three Ayshire Councils are working together to manage the facility. 

China's economy shrinks for first time in decades

China's GDP fell 6.8 percent year-on-year in the first quarter of 2020, the first contraction since at least 1992, when official quarterly records began. 

Figures showed the drop was greater than the 6.5 percent predicted by analysts in a Reuters poll, and undid the 6 percent gains made in Q4 last year. 

A reminder from National Clinical Director Jason Leitch to contact your GP or call 999 if you need medical help for conditions not related to coronavirus

Minute's silence for transport workers who have lost their lives in the pandemic

Princess Sofia of Sweden joins hospital staff to work on coronavirus wards

Princess Sofia of Sweden has started work at a hospital in Stockholm after an intensive three-day training course. 

The 35-year-old former model started work at the Sophiahemmet Hospital yesterday. 

Sweden has come under some scrutiny for its approach to the crisis, with no strict lockdown orders in place and citizens instead advised to practise social distancing.

As of Wednesday, 1,203 people had died from nearly 12,000 confirmed cases of Covid-19 in Sweden, a total  higher than that of its other Nordic neighbours.

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