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Coronavirus in Scotland LIVE as Boris Johnson taken to intensive care

Boris Johnson has been taken to intensive care after his coronavirus symptoms worsened.

The Conservative Leader initially self-isolated after it was revealed he had been suffering from 'mild symptoms'

Downing Street confirmed that his condition got worse since he was taken to St Thomas' Hospital in London on Sunday.

Foreign Secretary Dominic Raab will "deputise where necessary", a Number 10 spokesman said.

The Conservative Party leader is understood to be conscious and has been moved to the ICU at about 7pm as a precaution should he require ventilation to aid his recovery.

The number of confirmed cases currently sits at 3,961 and 222 of those who tested positive have died.

First Minister Nicola Sturgeon said the number of seriously ill coronavirus patients being admitted to intensive care will continue to rise for at least the next two to three weeks.

To tackle the expected influx of patients, she said the number of ICU beds for such patients will be increased to 500 within the next week.

You can follow all the latest news relating to the pandemic on our live blog where we sill keep you up to date with events in Scotland, the rest of the UK and other key developments around the world.

Boris Johnson taken to intensive care

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Boris Johnson has been moved to an intensive care unit as his coronavirus symptoms have worsened.

The Prime Minister initially self-isolated after it was revealed that he had been suffering from ‘mild symptoms’.

However, Downing Street have confirmed that the 55-year-old’s condition has gotten worse since he was taken to hospital yesterday.

Downing Street said Foreign Secretary Dominic Raab would “deputise where necessary” while the Prime Minister was in intensive care with Covid-19.

READ MORE: Prime Minister Boris Johnson taken to intensive care as coronavirus symptoms worsen

'Too early' to make call on lifting lockdown

It is a “mistake” to discuss the UK’s exit strategy from coronavirus lockdown because the number of cases has not yet reached its peak, England’s chief medical officer has said.

Professor Chris Whitty, speaking at the daily Downing Street press briefing, said it was not yet known when the UK would reach the peak of the epidemic following reports it would be this weekend.

He said: “The key thing is to get to the point where we are confident we have reached the peak and this is now beyond the peak, and at that point I think it is possible to have a serious discussion about all the things we need to do step-by-step to move to the next phase of managing this.

READ MORE: ‘Too early’ to make call on lifting UK lockdown as coronavirus cases yet to peak

Repatriation flights to cost passengers up to £1k

Rescue flights for stranded Brits abroad could cost passengers up to £1,000, it has been revealed
Rescue flights for stranded Brits abroad could cost passengers up to £1,000, it has been revealed (Image: PA)

More flights to repatriate UK nationals stranded around the world have been announced by the Government, but travellers will have to pay up to £1,000 for a ticket.

The Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO) revealed details of flights to bring tourists back from India, Nepal, the Philippines and South Africa.

Hundreds of thousands of people around the world are struggling to return to the UK due to coronavirus travel restrictions.

READ MORE: Repatriation flights for stranded Brits abroad could cost up to £1,000 for passengers

UK coronavirus deaths rise to 5,373

A total of 5,373 patients have died in hospital after testing positive for Covid-19 in the UK.

The Department of Health say that a further 439 people with positive symptoms of the bug have died.

The figures, which are accurate as of 5pm on Sunday, shows an increase from 4,934 from the day before.

Confirmed coronavirus cases per Scottish health board

3,961 people have tested positive for coronavirus in Scotland.

As of April 6, 2020, 222 people have died from the virus.

The positive cases for each health board are as follows:

Ayrshire and Arran - 288

Borders - 139

Dumfries and Galloway - 144

Fife - 227

Forth Valley - 231

Grampian - 209

Greater Glasgow and Clyde - 984

Highland - 102

Lanarkshire - 512

Lothian - 577

Orkney - 4

Shetland - 41

Tayside - 499

Eileanan Siar (Western Isles) - 4

222 Scots die and confirmed cases reach 3,961

222 people have now died from coronavirus in Scotland - an increase of 2 deaths overnight.

The number of confirmed cases has risen to - 3961 up 255 from Sunday.

A total of 199 Scots are in intensive care receiving treatment, it has been confirmed.

Of the confirmed positive cases, 1599 people are in hospital which is an increase of 9.

Nicola Sturgeon slams Catherine Calderwood on GMB interview

Speaking on GMB, the First Minister assured the public there ‘is not one rule for her and another for everyone else’.

Speaking to Suzanna Reid and Piers Morgan she said: “The reason Catherine Calderwood resigned last night is because I’m not prepared to have the vital public health message undermined.

“I won’t defend her. People can disagree with my judgement during that day but my decisions are based in good faith.”

READ MORE: Nicola Sturgeon says ‘there isn’t one rule for her and another for everyone else’ as she slams Catherine Calderwood’s actions

'We can all move forward now Scotland’s Chief Medical Officer has gone'

Record Views says Dr Calderwood made the job of Scotland’s police officers even harder as they tell the public to obey rules:

“Her behaviour had been no better than the lockdown bandits who sunned themselves on Troon beach against the guidelines.

“She must have thought it was one rule for them and another for her.”

READ MORE: We can all move forward now Scotland’s Chief Medical Officer has gone

Scots prostitutes risking lives by continuing to work

Prostitutes are continuing to ply their trade from private flats despite the threat posed by the coronavirus pandemic, a Daily Record investigation has discovered.

We found 48 women “available” for bookings on the leading website for sex workers on a single day.

The vast majority of the 1117 women offering sex on the site have stopped seeing customers.

But dozens are putting their health at risk, with one telling our investigator she was unconcerned about the virus – but punters could choose to wear a face mask.

READ MORE: Scots prostitutes risking lives by continuing to work during coronavirus lockdown

Rebel US pastor defies lockdown with huge Palm Sunday service

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A US pastor arrested last week for denying the lockdown and holding services summoned his faithful again for a Palm Sunday service.

As hundreds of worshippers arrived Pastor Tony Spell said they had “nothing to fear but fear itself.”

READ MORE: Rebel US pastor holds huge Palm Sunday service despite coronavirus lockdown

Nearly 80% of people with virus have no symptoms says new study

New research has discovered that around 80% of people infected with the coronavirus do not display any symptoms.

China’s National Health Commission looked at 166 new cases in the 24 hours to the afternoon of April 1.

They found that 130 people – or 78% – had no symptoms.

Although it is a small study sample Tom Jefferson, an epidemiologist and honorary research fellow at the Centre for Evidence-Based Medicine at the University of Oxford, said the findings were “very, very important.”

READ MORE: Nearly 80% of people with coronavirus have no symptoms according to new research

Tiger at Bronx Zoo in New York tests positive for virus

A tiger at the Bronx Zoo in New York has tested positive for coronavirus.

It is believed to be the first known infection in an animal in the US or a tiger anywhere.

The finding raises new questions about transmission of the virus in animals.

There have been reports of a small number of pets outside the United States becoming infected after close contact with contagious people, including a Hong Kong dog that tested positive for a low level of the pathogen in February.

Hong Kong agriculture authorities concluded that pet dogs and cats could not pass the virus to human beings but could test positive if exposed by their owners.

Scotland's chief medical officer has resigned

Scotland’s chief medical officer, Dr Catherine Calderwood, has resigned after being criticised for not adhering to social distancing advice by visiting her second home.

The 51-year-old was pictured visiting a holiday home in Fife with her family over the weekend which led to Police Scotland later issuing her a warning at her Edinburgh home.

Dr Calderwood then confessed that she had also taken a trip to the holiday home with her husband the previous weekend when she appeared at a government briefing alongside the First Minister on Sunday afternoon.

At the press conference Nicola Sturgeon said Dr Calderwood’s advice was critical to the Government and that she was determined that she should stay in her post for that reason.

But in a statement on Sunday night Dr Calderwood said the row was now distracting from the battle against the virus.

She added: “It is with a heavy heart that I resign as Chief Medical Officer.”

READ MORE: Catherine Calderwood quits as Scotland’s Chief Medical Officer after holiday home row

Boris Johnson taken to hospital due to coronavirus concerns

Boris Johnson has been admitted to hospital after showing persistent symptoms of coronavirus 10 days after testing positive for the virus.

The Tory Prime Minister looked unwell last Wednesday when he gave an address to the nation from inside Downing Street.

He has now been taken to hospital after failing to shake off the virus.

A Downing Street statement said: “This is a precautionary step, as the Prime Minister continues to have persistent symptoms of coronavirus 10 days after testing positive for the virus.”

READ MORE: Boris Johnson taken to hospital due to coronavirus concerns

Scots carer dies of suspected Covid-19 as lack of PPE condemned

Health workers are concerned at lack of PPE to help protect them from coronavirus

A Scots carer has passed away in West Dunbartonshire.

They are understood to be the first carer in Scotland to lose their life after contracting the deadly virus.

Their death comes at a time when the Scottish and UK Governments faced mounting criticism for apparently leaving NHS staff without enough proper PPE to keep them protected when treating Covid-19 patients.

READ MORE: Scots carer dies of suspected coronavirus as lack of protective equipment condemned

UK coronavirus deaths rise to 4,934 while USA poised to become worst hit country

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The UK’s coronavirus death toll has risen by 621 to 4,934.

More than 1.21million people have been infected across the world and 65,810 have died

America is shortly expected to overtake both countries in the grim tally of deaths with the USA so far recording 311,957 positive cases with 8,457 fatalities.

READ MORE: UK coronavirus deaths rise by 621 to 4,934 while USA poised to become worst hit country

Tributes paid as NHS midwife dies from coronavirus

Grieving colleagues at the maternity unit at The Princess Alexandra Hospital pay tribute to Lynsay Coventry
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A midwife who died on Thursday after testing positive for coronavirus has been named as Lynsay Coventry.

The 54-year-old is the latest NHS staff member to die during the outbreak and the first serving NHS midwife in England whose death has been publicly confirmed.

A moving picture posted on Facebook shows staff at the maternity unit standing in mourning in tribute to their friend and colleague.

READ MORE: Tributes paid as NHS midwife Lynsay Coventry dies from coronavirus

'Catherine Calderwood should be sacked' Furious Scots slam top doctor

Chief Medical Officer Catherine Calderwood taking questions from journalists
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Outraged Scots are demanding Nicola Sturgeon sack Scotland’s Chief Medical Officer after she flouted her own advice to visit a second home during the coronavirus pandemic.

Dr Catherine Calderwood was pictured visiting a holiday home in Fife with her family over the weekend which led to Police Scotland later issuing her a warning at her Edinburgh home.

Sturgeon hinted that she had refused to accept the doctor’s resignation today.

However, thousands of Scots took to social media today to demand that Dr Calderwood be axed.

READ MORE: Catherine Calderwood should be sacked’ Furious Scots slam top doctor for flouting own coronavirus rules

Chief medical officer reveals she visited second home twice

Dr Catherine Calderwood, Scotland’s chief medical officer, said has visited her second home twice.

Addressing Scotland’s chief medical officer’s trip to her second home, Nicola Sturgeon said: “The chief medical officer made a mistake in travelling away from her home. Whatever her reasons for doing so it was wrong and she knows that.

She added: “All of us, including me, will make mistakes in these unprecedented times we are living in. When we do we must be candid about it and learn from it.”

She said the CMO is learning from her error, and added: “Over the past few weeks, as we have been dealing with this crisis, her advice and expertise has been invaluable to me.”

She added that “not withstanding her mistake on this, she is doing extremely well”.

READ MORE: Dr Catherine Calderwood flouted own advice to make TWO trips to holiday home but still keeps her job

The figures for each health board in Scotland

Ayrshire and Arran - 267

Borders - 130

Dumfries and Galloway - 141

Fife - 200

Forth Valley - 226

Grampian - 194

Greater Glasgow and Clyde - 931

Highland - 99

Lanarkshire - 478

Lothian - 534

Orkney - 4

Shetland - 41

Tayside - 457

Eileanan Siar (Western Isles) - 4

220 Scots die from virus as confirmed cases rise to new high of 3,706

220 people have now died from coronavirus in Scotland - after an increase of two deaths overnight.

The number of confirmed cases has risen to 3,706 - up from 3,345 on Saturday.

A total of 197 Scots are in intensive care receiving treatment, it has been confirmed.

Police warning issued to Scotland's chief medical officer for flouting lockdown rules

Scotland’s chief medical officer has been given a police warning after flouting her own advice to stay at home.

Dr Catherine Calderwood was visited by local officers in Edinburgh this morning and warned about her conduct which saw her travel over 40 miles to her second home in Fife.

The 51-year-old was spotted walking with her family near Earlsferry on Saturday - despite pleading with fellow Scots to stay at home during the COVID-19 lockdown.

Another resident dies at Scots care home amid coronavirus crisis bringing death toll to 14

Another resident has died at tragedy-hit Burlington Court Care Home in east Glasgow as the coronavirus crisis continues.

It brings the devastating toll of deaths to 14 in just over a week.

It is thought a further 10 residents at the 90-bed home are showing symptoms.

None of the patients were tested for Covid-19 as they were not admitted to hospital but their families have been informed of a possible association with the virus.

Glasgow taxi drivers die from coronavirus as safety concerns raised over infection fears

Scots taxi drivers are being urged to stay safe after several Glasgow cabbies became “very ill” with COVID-19.

The Glasgow Taxi Owners’ Association has told how more than one driver has now tragically died after contracting coronavirus in recent weeks.

They have passed on their heartfelt condolences to the friends and families of the dead drivers, who are part of a close knit community.

Concerns have also been raised by the Scottish Taxi Federation who believe their members are having to choose between feeding their families or staying safe at home.

Scotland's chief medical officer apologises after ignoring her own advice to visit second home

Scotland’s chief medical officer has issued an apology after being caught ignoring her own advice by visiting her second home in Fife.

Dr Catherine Calderwood was photographed walking with her family near Earlsferry on Saturday despite Scots being told to avoid unnecessary travel during the lockdown.

The 51-year-old, who lives in Edinburgh but owns the second property, said that while she had reasons for visiting the bolthole, they were not “legitimate” enough to be out of her home.

Coronavirus care home deaths spark fears old and infirm are being denied hospital treatment

An investigation must be launched into why 13 care home residents who died from coronavirus were not taken to hospital, a charity claimed last night.

The deadly outbreak happened at Burlington Court, in Cranhill, Glasgow, sparking fears the victims’ age was a factor in hospital admission.

Scottish Labour’s shadow health spokeswoman Monica Lennon said last night: “If this could happen at one care home, it could happen in others.

“We must make sure a coronavirus timebomb is not being created among some of our most vulnerable people.”

Nicola Sturgeon's mum says she fears coronavirus crisis is taking its toll on SNP leader

Nicola Sturgeon's parents say they are 'worried' about her as the First Minister continues to lead Scotland's efforts against the coronavirus
Nicola Sturgeon's parents say they are 'worried' about her as the First Minister continues to lead Scotland's efforts against the coronavirus (Image: AFP/Getty Images)

Nicola Sturgeon’s mum has revealed she fears for her daughter as the coronavirus crisis grows.

Joan, 67, said she and the First Minister’s dad Robin are worried about the toll Scotland’s lockdown is taking on her.

The former local councillor, from Irvine, Ayrshire, is glued to the daily press briefings where the FM has the grim task of delivering the country’s daily death toll.

The grandmother, whose other daughter Gill is an NHS worker, said she was always looking for signs that Nicola is OK.

Scotland's chief medical officer ignores own advice and visits second home

Scotland’s chief medical officer has ignored her own advice after she was pictured visiting her family’s second home in Fife during the lockdown.

Just days earlier, the 51-year-old tweeted a photo of her family from their main residence in Edinburgh as they clapped for the front-line NHS staff working to stop the spread of Covid-19.

Dr Catherine Calderwood later headed to check on a family home in Fife where she stayed overnight before returning to Edinburgh.

The Government has repeatedly told people to stay at their main residence and not to travel to second homes during the lockdown.

READ MORE: Scotland’s chief medical officer pictured at her family’s second home during coronavirus lockdown

Marianne Faithfull being treated for coronavirus in hospital

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Marianne Faithfull is being treated for coronavirus in hospital.

Her agent Francois Ravard said the 73-year-old is in a stable condition and is “responding to treatment”.

The singer-songwriter is being treated in a London hospital.

Mr Ravard said: “She is stable and responding to treatment, we all wish her well and a full and speedy recovery.

Faithfull’s hits include As Tears Go By, which was written by Mick Jagger and Keith Richards.

In addition to her music career, Faithfull has also acted in films including Girl On A Motorcycle, as well as theatre productions.

Queen to tell UK this generation will prove itself as it tackles crisis

The Queen will acknowledge the "grief" some have experienced during the crisis
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The Queen will use her address to the nation on Sunday evening to say that in years to come, this generation will be judged as “strong as any”.

The broadcast will be a deeply personal message reflecting her experience in other difficult times.

In her televised message, the Queen will also thank frontline NHS staff, care workers and others carrying out essential roles during this “time of disruption”.

READ MORE: Queen to tell UK this generation will prove as ‘strong as any’ as it tackles coronavirus crisis

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