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Coronavirus in Scotland LIVE as 447 die and confirmed cases reach 4957

447 people have now died from coronavirus in Scotland   - an increase of 81 deaths overnight.

The number of confirmed cases has risen to 4,957 up 392 from Wednesday.

A total of 212 Scots are in intensive care receiving treatment, an increase of 2 it has been confirmed.

Of the confirmed positive cases, 1,781 people are in hospital which is an increase of 10.

The figures come as Nicola Sturgeon urges people to stay at home during the Easter weekend.

She told Scots to enjoy nice weather from home and not to travel away from home unless it is essential.

It comes as Boris Johnson  spent a third night in intensive care in St Thomas' Hospital in London after being admitted on Sunday night.

Oliver Dowden, the Culture Secretary, confirmed there was no deterioration in the  Tory  leader's condition as of 7am on Thursday.

Mr Johnson has so far been able to avoid being put on a ventilator, the sign of the most serious complications from Covid-19.

Meanwhile Scotland's Chief Medical Officer resigned on Monday after flouting lock down rules.

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Raab not spoken to Johnson

Dominic Raab has admitted he hasn’t spoken to Boris Johnson since he went into intensive care.

Raab, who is deputising for the Prime Minister while he is in St Thomas’ Hospital in London, told the press conference he hasn’t spoke to Johnson.

The Tory Party leader was placed in intensive care earlier this week after he was admitted to hospital on Sunday evening.

Social distancing is working

Sir Patrick Vallance said it is important to continue with the measures in place.

He said: “The measures that everybody has taken, the difficult things that we’ve all had to do, are making a difference, they’re making a big difference.

“We know that the social distancing is working and we know that people are doing what they’re supposed to do and we need to keep doing that.

“And the reason we need to keep doing that is because it stops the transmission of the virus in the community and we know that that is already happening.”

He added: “The message is clear which is the social distancing we’re doing is breaking transmission, it’s stopping the hospital admissions, beginning to see that flattening off, still unbelievably busy but beginning to see that flatten off, it’s preventing more people going into intensive care and it will prevent deaths.”

Too early to lift lockdown

(Image: PA)

Dominic Raab said at the press conference it was still “too early” to lift the lockdown restrictions in place across the UK.

He added: “It’s been almost three weeks and we’re starting to see the impact of the sacrifices we’ve all made.

“But the deaths are still rising and we haven’t yet reached the peak of the virus. So it’s still too early to lift the measures that we put in place.

“We must stick to the plan and we must continue to be guided by the science.”

Deaths to rise for next two weeks

Sir Patrick Vallance, the Chief Scientific Officer, speaking at the press conference said he expects the death toll in the United Kingdom to rise for next two weeks.

Raab gives Boris Johnson update

Foreign Secretary Dominic Raab, speaking at the Downing Street daily briefing, said: “Can I start with an update on the Prime Minister - he’s still in intensive care but he continues to make positive steps forward and he’s in good spirits.”

Mr Raab said 243,421 people have been tested for the virus, 65,077 have tested positive, and the number of people admitted to hospital with coronavirus symptoms now stands at 16,784.

“And of those who have contracted the virus, 7,978 have sadly died and our thoughts and our prayers are with their family and friends,” Mr Raab said.

Starting to see impact

Dominic Raab has said we are starting to see an impact of social distancing.

However, he admitted the UK has hit the peak of the virus yet.

He said: “We haven’t seen the peak of the virus yet.”

A total of 7,978 patients have died in hospital after testing positive for coronavirus in the UK as of 5pm on Wednesday, Dominic Raab has said, up by 881 from 7,097 the day before.

UK Government conference underway

Dominic Raab has started the press conference by thanking carers and NHS workers across the country for their help during the crisis.

The Foreign Secretary is also urging people to stay at home during the Easter holiday weekend.

Nicola Sturgeon warns lockdown will not be lifted soon ahead of COBRA meeting

Nicola Sturgeon has warned Scots that the lockdown is unlikely to be lifted ahead of a COBRA meeting this afternoon.

Boris Johnson’s deputy will lead a COBRA summit with the Welsh, Scottish and Northern Irish governments ahead of an April 16 deadline to review restrictions across the UK.

But the First Minister doesn’t think there will be ‘any possibility’ of ending the strict measures currently put in place to fight coronavirus.

Shocking video shows how single cough spreads coronavirus across a supermarket

While most supermarkets have strict social distancing measures, a terrifying video shows just how far coronavirus can spread across the aisles.

A new study suggests that remaining two metres apart from people may not be enough to stop the spread of the virus.

Researchers from Aalto University have revealed that a single cough can spread Covid-19 across an entire supermarket.

Parents of tiny Scots cancer tot 'terrified' she could die as coronavirus cancels life-saving transplant

On the day of Adeline Davidson's transplant doctors discovered she had a temperature
On the day of Adeline Davidson's transplant doctors discovered she had a temperature (Image: Mercury Press & Media Ltd.)

The parents of a three-year-old girl battling a super rare cancer are terrified their daughter could die after her life-saving transplant was cancelled due to the coronavirus pandemic.

Adeline Davidson, from Inverness, was due to receive a stem cell transplant from an anonymous donor at the end of February after doctors diagnosed her with blood disease myelodysplasia, which affects only one in 250,000 children, a year ago.

But on the day of the transplant, doctors at Glasgow Royal Children’s Hospital discovered Adeline had a cold and told parents Steph, 26, and Jordan, 28, they needed to delay the treatment for three days so she was 100 per cent well enough to start it.

In those few days, news broke that Covid-19 was spreading across the UK, so medics were forced to once again shelve the little girl’s pioneering transplant in order to prepare for the virus’ impact on Scottish hospitals - and have now told her worried family this will now go ahead in late summer at the earliest.

Breakdown of cases per health board in Scotland

As of 9am today (Thursday, April 9) 447 Scots we tested positive for COVID-19 have died. The number of confirmed cases has reached 4,957.

The number of case per health board in Scotland:

Ayrshire and Arran - 362

Borders - 167

Dumfries and Galloway - 163

Fife - 288

Forth Valley - 280

Grampian - 236

Greater Glasgow and Clyde - 1251

Highland - 137

Lanarkshire - 607

Lothian - 747

Orkney - 4

Shetland - 43

Tayside - 667

Eileanan Siar (Western Isles) - 5

Residents die at care home in East Lothian after 'significant outbreak of coronavirus'

An East Lothian care home has suffered a significant outbreak of coronavirus with several elderly residents reportedly dying from the virus.

Tranent Care Home in East Lothian, which cares for people with dementia, is currently trying to manage the outbreak after numerous patients became infected.

The care home wouldn’t confirm how many residents have died but it is reported to be a significant number.

Glasgow granny reunited with family around the world from hospital ward as virtual visiting

Margaret Smith with loving daughter Jennifer (R)
Margaret Smith with loving daughter Jennifer (R) (Image: NHSGGC)

A 92-year-old in hospital in Glasgow was virtually reunited with her family around the world in a touching moment that brought a smile to everyone’s face.

Margaret Smith was admitted to Glasgow Royal Infirmary just before Christmas, with her daughter Jennifer, who lives in London, regularly flying up to be with her.

But since the coronavirus hit the UK, the pair haven’t been able to see each other after it meant NHS Greater Glasgow and Clyde had to restricted visiting in March.

Now thanks to NHS staff, the pair are able to meet up via Factime after 100 iPads were supplied to wards in greater Glasgow hospitals.A 92-year-old in hospital in Glasgow was virtually reunited with her family around the world in a touching moment that brought a smile to everyone’s face.

Margaret Smith was admitted to Glasgow Royal Infirmary just before Christmas, with her daughter Jennifer, who lives in London, regularly flying up to be with her.

But since the coronavirus hit the UK, the pair haven’t been able to see each other after it meant NHS Greater Glasgow and Clyde had to restricted visiting in March.

Now thanks to NHS staff, the pair are able to meet up via Factime after 100 iPads were supplied to wards in greater Glasgow hospitals.

Celtic fans rally round to help care home with PPE

A team of generous Celtic fans answered the call of a care home after they made a plea for personal protective equipment (PPE) to help against the coronavirus outbreak.

St Joseph’s Care Home in Robroyston, Glasgow were running dangerously low on PPE for staff and the vulnerable elderly residents they care for.

The home currently have 10 residents in isolation.

As demand for supplies increases, priority has had to go to NHS buildings leaving charities such as St Joseph’s – run by the Little Sisters of the Poor – in desperate need.

447 Scots die from coronavirus as confirmed cases reach 4,957

447 people have now died from coronavirus in Scotland - an increase of 81 deaths overnight.

The number of confirmed cases has risen to 4,957 up 392 from Wednesday.

A total of 212 Scots are in intensive care receiving treatment, an increase of 2 it has been confirmed.

Of the confirmed positive cases, 1,781 people are in hospital which is an increase of 10.

Former Rangers star puts in 12 hour-shifts as NHS driver

John Macdonald on his shift working for the NHS in Scotland
John Macdonald on his shift working for the NHS in Scotland (Image: Daily Record)

Former Rangers player John Macdonald has been putting in 12-hour shifts as an NHS driver to help those on the frontline.

John, who won the 1981 Scottish Cup and the Scottish League Cup in 1982 and 1984, has been working at Glasgow’s Queen Elizabeth hospital as a driver and porter.

He told the Daily Record: “I’ve been driving essential doctors to people’s houses. I’m an out-of-hours driver for NHS 24.

“They tell us who to go and see and I drive the doctors around to people’s houses.”

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Scots carers to be given 'full and proper' PPE after union talks with Government ministers

Scots carers will now be given ‘full and proper’ personal protective equipment after union bosses held discussions with Scottish Government ministers.

GMB Scotland confirmed that all carers will be given the PPE, which include masks, ‘as soon as possible’ for each time they visit a care home.

Officials at the union slammed the Scottish Government for failing to take swift action on providing the equipment amid the coronavirus crisis.

It is thought that at least 50 people have died at Covid-19 hit care homes across Scotland since the outbreak.

Scots prison officers given emergency pay fund to cover staffing crisis

Scottish prison officers are being offered emergency pay worth up to £1750 to cover a staffing crisis during the coronavirus outbreak.

The “exceptional payment” fund covers additional hours worked over a 12-week period.

Details of the special pay deal, seen by the Record, also show prison officers are being offered an extra £20 per shift to escort prisoners with suspected coronavirus to hospital.

Absence rates are already running high with about one in four unable to work in Scottish jails. The number includes the usual absences from maternity leave and sickness.

Doddie pleads with government

Scots rugby legend Doddie Weir has demanded that people living with Motor Neurone Disease are added to the most vulnerable persons list during the coronavirus pandemic.

The former Scotland international, who has been living with MND since 2017, released a video plea on Twitter on Wednesday.

In the video, the 55-year-old asks Tory Health Secretary Matt Hancock why people with the degenerative and terminal condition are not included on the list of extremely vulnerable people.

READ MORE: Doddie Weir pleads for people with MND to be included on government’s coronavirus high risk list

Why is coronavirus fatal for some but not others?

Idris Elba and Prince Charles (R) both tested positive for coronavirus
Idris Elba and Prince Charles (R) both tested positive for coronavirus (Image: PA)

The world has been brought to its knees by coronavirus, with over 82,000 people around the world sadly losing their lives.

Recent figures have shown more than 1.4million are confirmed has having the virus, with a further 308,000 recovering from the deadly bug.

While the debates over government lockdowns and testing rages on, what is clear is that Covid-19 does not discriminate and affects patients in dramatically different ways.

For example, Hollywood megastar Idris Elba had no symptoms at all at the age of 47, while Prince Charles, 71, was only affected by the virus mildly, according to The Mirror.

And our own Prime Minister Boris Johnson is about to spend his third night in intensive care, aged 55.

READ MORE: Why coronavirus can be fatal for some people but leaves others with no symptoms at all

Boris Johnson’s condition ‘improving’

British Prime Minister Boris Johnson
British Prime Minister Boris Johnson (Image: Getty)

Boris Johnson’s condition is reportedly ‘improving’ as he spends his second day in intensive care.

The Prime Minister was taken into an ICU unit at St Thomas’ Hospital on Monday evening after his coronavirus symptoms had worsened.

News of his deteriorating ill health came more than a week after the 55-year-old began experiencing ‘mild symptoms’ of Covid-19.

Chancellor Rishi Sunak said that the Prime Minister is now sitting up in his bed as his condition continues to improve.

READ MORE: Boris Johnson’s condition ‘improving’ as he continues coronavirus battle in intensive care

Scottish nurses passes away from coronavirus

Janice Graham sadly died from coronavirus at the Inverclyde Royal Hospital
Janice Graham sadly died from coronavirus at the Inverclyde Royal Hospital (Image: Internet Unknown)

A nurse has become the first NHS worker in Scotland to die from coronavirus.

Janice Graham was a health care support worker and district nurse from Inverclyde and sadly passed away at Inverclyde Royal Hospital on Monday after contracting the deadly bug.

The 58-year-old was described as having a “razor sharp wit” and will be sorely missed.

Louise Long, chief officer of Inverclyde Health and Social Care Partnership said: “We are saddened to confirm a member of staff has passed away due to Covid-19.

“Our thoughts are with Janice’s loved ones at this difficult time.

READ MORE: First Scots NHS worker Coronavirus death as nurse sadly passes away

Fifteen residents die at care home since outbreak

The Castletroy Residential Home in Luton where 15 residents have died
The Castletroy Residential Home in Luton where 15 residents have died (Image: Google Maps)

A care home has seen 15 of its residents die during the coronavirus pandemic.

Five of the cases at Castletroy Residential Home in Luton, Bedfordshire, had tested positive for Covid-19.

The other ten residents who died have not been tested for coronavirus, a Public Health England (PHE) spokeswoman said.

READ MORE: Fifteen residents die at single care home during coronavirus pandemic

COBRA meeting to discuss lockdown due tomorrow

The Chancellor has refused to be drawn on the lockdown and when we may see rules lifted.

However, Sunak has revealed a COBRA meeting is due to take place tomorrow to discuss approaches to the review of measures put in place since the end of March.

He says the priority is to stop the spread of the virus and get to the other side of the peak.

New cases in the UK 'not accelerating out of control'

Professor Angela McLean, Deputy Chief Scientific Adviser, says new cases in the UK are not accelerating out of control, despite today’s shocking figures.

£750m fund set up for UK charities

Charities struggling during the coronavirus pandemic will be given a £750 million bailout to keep them afloat, the Chancellor has announced.

Rishi Sunak said charities, including those supporting domestic abuse victims and hospices, will receive cash grants to ensure they can meet increased demand as a result of the virus.

Some £360 million direct from Government departments will go to charities providing key services, while smaller charities will benefit from £370 million, including through a grant to the National Lottery Community Fund.

The Government has also pledged to match the public’s donations to the National Emergencies Trust, guaranteeing a minimum of £20 million.

It will match fund whatever the public decides to donate to the BBC’s Big Night In charity appeal on April 23.

Sunak says: “For those charities on the frontline, shutting up shop at this moment would contravene their entire reason to exist.”

Boris Johnson still in intensive care, but improving

Sunak opens up by reiterating the Government’s strategy to tackle coronavirus, while confirming today’s tragic increase of 938 deaths across the UK.

He goes on to reveal Boris Johnson remains in intensive care, however his condition is improving and the PM is even sitting up and engaging with his clinical team.

Sunak added: “The news about the PM reminds us how indiscriminate this disease is.

“Nearly everyone will know someone who has been affected - friends, family, neighbours, colleagues.

“This is a terrible virus that respects no boundaries of status or geography or vocation.”

Sunak said all Britons are taking part in a “collective national effort” to protect vulnerable people and public services and to save lives.

UK coronavirus deaths rise by 938

A further 938 people have died since testing positive for coronavirus in the UK.

The Department of Health confirmed this afternoon that a total of 7,097 patients have died as of 5pm on Tuesday.

This figure has increased from 6,159 recorded the day before.

Chancellor Rishi Sunak set to begin today’s Covid-19 press conference

Chancellor Rishi Sunak is set to begin today’s Covid-19 press conference from Downing Street in around 10 minutes time.

He’ll be giving the daily update on the government’s plans to tackle to virus after Boris Johnson spent a second night in intensive care.

We’ll be bring you all the live updates as they happen.

Scots students entitled to help with £5m emergency funding

First Minister Nicola Sturgeon has announced a £5 million package of emergency financial support to help students facing hardship as a result of the outbreak.

The extra funds will be available to any university and college students now struggling - including those attending private institutions.

The £5 million includes an additional £2.2 million for Scotland’s Higher Education (HE) Discretionary Fund specifically to address coronavirus related hardships, which will be available to colleges and universities immediately.

University and college students will be able to apply for any emergency discretionary payments directly to their own institutions.

Other details of the emergency package include:

More information on the funding can be found on the Student Information Scotland (SIS) website here.

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