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, 08:41

  • 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

"It is not an easy one, it is not a certain one, but I do think there is a way through this and I think we'll find it if we work together in the way we have been so far."

Scientist warns that mass vaccination programme is still 'months away'

The first human tests of a potential coronavirus vaccine have begun, but the scientist leading the programme has warned that a mass vaccination programme is still many months away.

So far, only two volunteers have been injected - one with a coronavirus vaccine candidate and one with a meningitis vaccine acting as a control.

Andrew Pollard, director of the Oxford Vaccine Group, said: "The reason we stuck with two volunteers is to make sure there are no unintended effects and we will monitor them very closely over the first few days.

"Then we will move on to some larger groups of individuals over the next few weeks."

"Talented" doctor dies of Covid-19

A "talented, dedicated and respected" consultant neonatologist has died after contracting Covid-19.

Dr Vishna Rasiah, who worked at Birmingham Women's and Children's NHS Foundation Trust, operated as the "clinical lead" for regional neonatal work.

The trust said he was "highly regarded" in the Midlands and Dr Rasiah's wife, Liza, thanked Worcestershire Royal Hospital staff for their "kindness, compassion and care" towards her husband.

Sturgeon on how schools could operate:

"Do we have to take classes and divide them into two, where half of the class is there one week and the other half another week?," she says.

"Or one half in the morning and the other in the afternoon?

"These are the kinds of things we are having to think through."

Sturgeon on lockdown restrictions: "As we lift the lockdown restrictions, we don't know what impact they may have.

"We may have to go back the way sometimes and adapt as we go."

First Minister wants a 'transparent discussion' with the public about the factors that need to be weighed up.

"These are decisions that will impact on the lives of each and every one of us for some time to come," she says.

Ms Sturgeon said the easing of the lockdown measures will be "baby steps".

"I want the Scottish elections to go ahead next year."

 "We are already seeing a decline in hospital admissions, in people being admitted to intensive care, so all of that shows we are heading in the right direction but we have work to do."

"We will not have a situation where one day schools are open and the next they're closed".

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