Coronavirus in Scotland LIVE: 'We'll find a way through this', says Sturgeon

Updates on coronavirus in Scotland and across the world.

By Gary Flockhart
Friday, 24th April 2020, 6:32 am
Updated Friday, 24th April 2020, 11:55 am

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Coronavirus in Scotland updates.

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

Last updated: Friday, 24 April, 2020, 10:54

  • 64 new deaths confirmed by tests since yesterday
  • 9,697 people have tested positive in Scotland
  • 1,710 patients in hospital with suspected or confirmed Covid-19
  • 141 being treated in intensive care

Government apology after site for key workers to book Covid-19 tests crashes

The Department of Health has apologised after the website set up for key workers to book Covid-19 tests stopped accepting applications due to high demand.

The part of the gov.uk website set up for key workers to book coronavirus tests was not accepting new applications by mid-morning on Friday.

The website, which enables people to book tests at a drive through centre or register for a home test, said: "Coronavirus test: applications closed. You can't currently register for a Covid-19 test. Please check back here later."

The Department of Health tweeted: "There has been significant demand for booking tests today.

"We apologise for any inconvenience. We are continuing to rapidly increase availability. More tests will be available tomorrow."

Easing of restrictions depends how quickly infections fall, says Hancock

Easing the UK's lockdown depends on the speed at which the number of new cases of Covid-19 falls and that is as yet "unknown", Health Secretary Matt Hancock has said.

The number of new cases is being tracked through hospital admissions, a new testing study in the community announced on Wednesday, and data that will be gathered from people coming forward for tests under an expansion of the testing programme, Mr Hancock said.

But he suggested there is no prospect of easing the lockdown yet, and that coronavirus cases need to drop substantially before the next phase of isolating infected people and their contacts can be truly effective.

War veteran gets the all-clear after coronavirus battle

A Second World War veteran with a long-standing lung condition has been given the all-clear to go home after spending six days battling Covid-19.

Douglas Moore was admitted to Kettering General Hospital on April 15 after having a fall as well as having a high temperature and a cough.

The 98-year-old, from Wellingborough in Northamptonshire, said he felt "very special" after nurses gave him a round of applause as he was discharged on Wednesday

Transport for London to put 7,000 staff on furlough

Transport for London will place 7,000 staff on furlough from Monday to save an estimated £15.8 million every four weeks, as a result of a huge reduction in passenger numbers because of Covid-19.

Since London entered lockdown on March 23, Tube journeys have fallen by 95% and bus journeys by 85%, meaning the organisation's main source of income has almost disappeared, TfL said.

Googlebox star says weight loss helped him survive Covid-19

Gogglebox star Jonathan Tapper has said he credits his weight loss with helping him survive coronavirus.

The reality TV star and the rest of his family all suffered from symptoms of Covid-19.

He told Lorraine Kelly on ITV's Good Morning Britain: "It wasn't too great. The symptoms of high fever and feeling very weak, mainly, and coughing.

"I literally couldn't move at one point, couldn't walk up the stairs and if I did manage to get half way up, I was really struggling for breath."

The Big Night In watched by 6.7 million

The Big Night In was watched by an average of 6.7 million viewers, the BBC has said.

The fundraising show gave BBC One a 35% share of viewers, with a peak audience of 8.5 million.

The programme, which featured the first new Little Britain sketch in more than 10 years, a lockdown version of The Trip by Steve Coogan and Rob Brydon, and even included a surprise performance from the Duke of Cambridge, raised more than £27 million for charity.

All the money will be split equally between Comic Relief and BBC Children In Need to support local charities and projects in the UK as they deal with the coronavirus crisis.

Third of Covid-19 deaths in care homes, figures suggest

A third of coronavirus-related deaths are happening in care homes, new figures have indicated.

The latest weekly update from the Northern Ireland Statistical and Research Agency (NISRA) records 276 deaths involving Covid-19 up to April 17.

Of these, 60.1% occurred in hospitals, 33.7% in care homes, 5.1% at private addresses and 1.1% at hospices.

The 96 deaths in care homes and hospices involved 44 separate establishments.

The NISRA figures are higher than the number of deaths reported daily by the Public Health Agency (PHA), which by April 17 had reached 212.

The TRNSMT music festival has become the latest event cancelled in the wake of the coronavirus outbreak.

Lewis Capaldi and Liam Gallagher were due to return to the line-up with Courteeners, Ian Brown, Foals, Rita Ora and Snow Patrol confirmed to play over the weekend of July 10-12.

But with Scotland's First Minister Nicola Sturgeon announcing lockdown measures are to continue in some form across the country to stop the spread of Covid-19, the festival at Glasgow Green will no longer go ahead this year.

A statement from festival organisers said: "We are absolutely gutted to announce that due to the comments made by the First Minister of Scotland during the daily briefing on 23rd April, TRNSMT will be unable to go ahead as planned in July 2020."

Doreen Lawrence asked to lead review into impact of covid-19 on BAME communities

Sir Keir Starmer has tasked Baroness Doreen Lawrence with leading a review into the impact of coronavirus on black, Asian and minority ethnic (BAME) communities.

The campaigner and mother of Stephen Lawrence, who was stabbed to death in a racist attack 27 years ago this week, was also appointed as race relations adviser by the Labour leader.

She will investigate why the Covid-19 pandemic seems to be disproportionately affecting people from Bame backgrounds.

Children's nurse dies after testing positive for Covid19

A children's nurse has died after testing positive for Covid-19, her hospital trust has confirmed.

Katy Davis, who had an underlying health condition and had been unwell for a period of time before being admitted to hospital, died on Tuesday at Southampton General Hospital.

A University Hospital Southampton (UHS) spokesman said that the 38-year-old tested positive for the coronavirus on admission to hospital.

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