Coronavirus in Scotland RECAP: 'Lockdown is working' says Nicola Sturgeon | 80 new deaths | Over 7,000 positive cases

Updates from Scotland and around the world amid the ongoing Covid-19 pandemic.

By Conor Marlborough
Thursday, 16th April 2020, 8:50 pm
Updates on coronavirus in Scotland.
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Coronavirus in Scotland RECAP: latest updates on Scottish Covid-19 cases

Last updated: Thursday, 16 April, 2020, 20:45

  • Confirmed Covid-19 deaths in Scotland reach 779
  • 7,102 people have tested positive for the virus
  • Ministers set to approve lockdown extension
  • First Minister confirms lockdown must stay in effect for three more weeks
  • Nicola Sturgeon asks country to keep making sacrifices to save lives

UK NHS staff deaths due to Covid-19 has risen, confirms Health Secretary

The official number of NHS staff who have died after contracting Covid-19 has risen to 27, the Health Secretary confirmed this morning. This updated figure is an increase from Saturday, when he said there had been 19 deaths during the pandemic.

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Police officers across Scotland now to be given face masks

The officers will wear the masks as they respond to incidents where it is not possible to stick to the social distancing measures

Aldi to begin online delivery for the first time in the UK to help those in need

Aldi is to sell food online in the UK for the first time in a bid to help vulnerable people in the face of the coronavirus pandemic.

The German discount supermarket said it will start selling food parcels on its website from Friday.

It said the parcels will be delivered to homes and have been designed to support vulnerable people and those who are self-isolating.

Poundstretcher staff say stores should close after describing conditions as 'a joke'

Staff at Poundstretcher say stores across the country are a high health risk and should be closed after describing the working conditions as a “joke.”

The Scotsman spoke to employees in the Central Belt following reports they had been sent “DIY instructions” to make protective kit for the money-saving stores during the coronavirus pandemic.

Scottish Government confirms it will try to shed more light on work they are doing for future lock down strategy

The First Minister stated that the Government will try to shed more light on what they are looking to do going forward over the next week or so but explained that the virus is likely to be with us  "for some time to come". 

Adding that she hoped a vaccine and treatments would arrive at some point in the near future, Ms Strugeon stated that in the meantime Scotland would need to find a "better balance" of measures than the ones we have now. 

"We have to consider if, and to what extent, we can continue to suppress the virus, and minimise the harm it can do while restoring as much normality as possible to our everyday lives. That will not be easy and these decisions will be complex."

The First Minister confirmed spread is slowing but added that we cannot risk lifting lock down

Ms Sturgeon added: "We are not yet confident that transmission has slowed sufficiently to ease up on them. Our advice is clear, if we were to lift any of these restrictions now, we would risk an immediate and potentially exponential resurgence of the virus and that could result in our NHS being quickly overwhelmed, it could result in even more cases in our care homes and it would also mean much more loss of life. 

"It could of course also lead to the reintroduction of even more stringent restrictions in future with substantially more damage to the economy as a result."

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