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Coronavirus in Scotland LIVE as confirmed cases rise to 1059 and 33 people die

A total of 1059 people in Scotland have tested positive for coroanvirus - with 33 deaths.

The new figure is an increase of 165 cases and eight deaths overnight.

Earlier, Prime Minister Boris Johnson confirmed he has tested positive for the deadly virus and is suffering from 'mild symptoms'.

The increase comes as Scotland's chief medical officer revealed the rate at which the coronavirus infection is being spread is higher than had been expected.

Prime Minister Boris Johnson and First Minister Nicola Sturgeon announced lockdowns to prevent the spread of the deadly virus that has already claimed the lives of 422 in the UK.

In a statement to the nation, Johnson said: "We will beat the coronavirus and we will beat it together.

"And therefore I urge you at this moment of national emergency to stay at home, protect our NHS and save lives.

"We are accelerating our search for treatments. We are pioneering work on a vaccine. And we are buying millions of testing kits that will enable us to turn the tide on this invisible killer."

The First Minister announced the action in Scotland to protect the resilience of the emergency services until the impact of the virus has lessened substantially.

The Scottish Government had previously warned that up to 80% of the population could become infected, with potentially 4% of this group requiring hospital treatment.

We will keep you up to date with the latest developments both here and abroad in the battle to contain the virus.

Dad, 27, dies after self-isolating at home just 10 days after new baby born

27-year-old dad-of-two Thomas Davies pictured with his newborn son Morgan
27-year-old dad-of-two Thomas Davies pictured with his newborn son Morgan (Image: North Wales Live)

A healthy young dad was found dead in his home after showing coronavirus symptoms just 10 days after welcoming a newborn son.

Pub worker Thomas Davies, 27, tragically passed away on Thursday.

The dad of two started to feel unwell last Friday.

He started to cough before aches and cold sweats followed.

He appeared to be better on Wednesday after self-isolating at home with his family.

But on Thursday he was found dead by his shocked partner Rhiannon Elias, also 27.

Paramedics dressed in protective clothing later took his body away.

READ MORE: Healthy young dad dies after self-isolating at home just 10 days after new baby born

Mass graves fear if local services swamped with bodies

The bodies of pandemic victims are stored in a warehouse in Italy as the country struggles to deal with the numbers of people dying
The bodies of pandemic victims are stored in a warehouse in Italy as the country struggles to deal with the numbers of people dying (Image: AFP via Getty Images)

Experts say mass graves may have to be used if local death services are swamped with bodies during the coronavirus outbreak.

Earlier this week we told how a leading funeral director in Glasgow revealed how the pandemic has already caused a backlog for Scottish undertakers with mortuary space running out.

Services are being delayed because they cannot take place until deaths have been registered - and face-to-face registry office appointments are unavailable following the government ‘s COVID-19 lockdown.

Now academics say a major increase in mortality rates, coupled with staff absences, would lead to a bottleneck in funeral services and overfilled mortuaries.

Limited cemetery space could also be a major problem, with mass graves a possibility.

However, the researchers acknowledge this would be “highly controversial and would upset and anger many communities”.

READ MORE: Mass graves fear if local services swamped with bodies during coronavirus outbreak

Piper plays Sunshine On Leith to thank coronavirus heroes

An Edinburgh neighbourhood was serenaded with the sound of the pipes during last night’s applause for NHS staff and other heroes working through the crisis.

Nicola Keanie captured the moment the piper played along to The Proclaimers’ Sunshine On Leith.

What a moment!

UK death toll in biggest one-day jump since outbreak started

The UK has suffered its biggest one-day jump in deaths since the outbreak began.

Another 181 people have died after testing positive for coronavirus with the grim death tally in the UK up from 578 to 759 – an increase of 31% on the total yesterday.

It took 13 days for the number of deaths in the UK to go from one to just above 100. It took a further eight days to reach the latest total of 759.

READ MORE: UK death toll rises by 181 in biggest one-day jump since coronavirus outbreak started

Self-isolating kid calls police on mum for not letting him out to play

A Scots kid ordered to spend 12 weeks in isolation called the police on his mum for not letting him out to play.

Alfie Bell is in the highest risk category for coronavirus due to complex health issues, so he and his mother Stephanie are facing three months of self-isolation in Fallin, Stirling.

Medical staff told Stephenie her son should only be allowed to play on his trampoline in the garden for five minutes twice a day.

But Alfie decided the restrictions were too much and called 999 from his room to report his mother to the police.

READ MORE: Self-isolating Scots lad, 7, calls police on mum for not letting him out to

Warning over virus fine text scam

People have been warned not to fall for a bogus text message saying they have been fined for stepping outside during the coronavirus lockdown.

The latest in a series of scams related to the virus claims to be from the Government, telling the recipient their movements have been monitored through their phone and they must pay a fine or face a more severe penalty, the Chartered Trading Standards Institute (CTSI) said.

“The list of new scams associated with the Covid-19 coronavirus pandemic grows by the day,” said CTSI lead officer Katherine Hart.

“I am appalled and infuriated at the ways unscrupulous individuals exploit this situation.

“We see new scams daily, and I would urge people to seek advice before replying to any messages they receive.

“Anyone who receives this text should ignore it. It is simply another ruse to steal the payment details of users.”

“In all of these cases, do not click or tap any links that these messages ask you to.”

Police can order members of the public to go home or leave an area, have the power to disperse a group, using “reasonable force”, and can make arrests if someone refuses to comply.

Those who ignore the tougher restrictions could be hit with a £60 fine initially - reduced to £30 if paid within 14 days - and another for £120 for a second offence.

UK Health secretary contracts coronavirus hours after Prime Minister

Health secretary Matt Hancock has tested positive for the coronavirus- just hours after the Prime Minister confirmed he had also contracted it.

Matt Hancock confirmed he is also self-isolating having shown mild symptoms of the virus on Wednesday.

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Lost dog causes a stir at Scots hospital after wandering in during coronavirus lockdown

Little Redgie was found in Queen Elizabeth Hospital
Little Redgie was found in Queen Elizabeth Hospital

A “cheeky” lost dog found it’s way into the Queen Elizabeth Hospital during the coronavirus lockdown.

Little ‘Redgie’ was luckily spotted by staff at the Glasgow hospital who came to his assistance – and provided him with some digestive biscuits.

Ambulance worker Amy Baldock took to Facebook to share a picture of the pup stating: “We’ve found this cheeky monkey wandering like a rocket at the Queen Elizabeth Hospital.

“We think he’s called Redgie. Police have been notified and are coming for him, he’s been on the digestive biscuits.

“He’s well looked after, his owners must be so worried.”

Scots cop shouts at man claiming to have coronavirus in Perth high street

A Scots cop can be heard shouting ‘you’re killing people’ at a man claiming to have coronavirus as he walked the streets in Perth.

The officer furiously tells the man to go home and self isolate after he made the shocking claim on Perth High Street.

Officers can be seen patrolling the area when a man in a dark top and grey joggers approaches an officer on a bike.

In the alarming clip he tries to approach the officer who asks him to take a step back and keep his distance.

The man can be heard claiming to have a deadly virus.

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Number of cases per health board

As of 2pm today, March 27, the number of coronavirus cases per health board in Scotland is as follows:

Ayrshire and Arran - 75

Borders - 28

Dumfries and Galloway - 47

Fife - 41

Forth Valley - 81

Grampian - 45

Greater Glasgow and Clyde - 299

Highland - 33

Lanarkshire - 140

Lothian - 139

Shetland - 24

Tayside - 107

Seven items you should take to hospital if you are admitted with coronavirus

If you find yourself going into hospital with coronavirus, there are a list of important things you should pack in an emergency bag.

A top health chief has shared his advice on hospital admission amid the current pandemic.

On Twitter, Dr Varney wrote: “I had a really good question earlier this week about what to put in a hospital emergency admission bag on @bbcwm.”

He then listed seven essential items, which include:

  1. Repeat prescription printed out
  2. Next of kin details
  3. Slippers
  4. Pyjamas
  5. Dressing gown
  6. Phone charger
  7. Headphones

33 Scots die as number of confirmed coronavirus cases hits 1059

Thirty-three people have died in Scotland from coronavirus - an increase of eight overnight.

And the number of confirmed cases has risen to 1059 which is an increase of 165 since yesterday.

First Minister Nicola Sturgeon updated the country in a statement today in Parliament.

72 patients are in ICU.

Full story here:

Boris Johnson tests positive for coronavirus

The British Prime Minister has tested positive for coronavirus.

Boris Johnson says he has mild symptoms and is self-isolating.

He will continue to run Government.

Full story here:

Staff at Scots care home where patient died fear catching virus over lack of equipment

Staff at a Scots care home where a patient has died from Covid-19 fear catching the virus because of a lack of personal
protection equipment (PPE).

Several other residents at Cumbrae Lodge Care Home in Irvine, Ayrshire, are exhibiting symptoms and workers are terrified they will pick up coronavirus and become ill themselves or pass it on to their unsuspecting families.

They are not alone. We have already told this week how nurses, doctors and radiographers at the Beatson cancer centre in Glasgow had raised concerns about a lack of PPE following the news that specialist nurse Pauline McIlroy, 56, had collapsed at work with the illness.

National Services Scotland is now dealing with the procurement of all PPE, rather than individual health boards.

Last night, the GMB union reacted with fury at the apparent lack of protection for their workers.

One official has written to Four Seasons Care Homes, owners of Cumbrae Lodge, “with great concern and urgency”.

In the letter, the GMB official says: “I’m utterly shocked and hugely disappointed that a care provider of Four Seasons’ size and experience would allow a care home to run in a ‘business as usual manner’ at this most dangerous time.

“These workers are literally being sent into battle with no protection.”

The letter continued: “They are putting themselves and their family members at risk by coming to work. No employee should ever knowingly be put at risk in the workplace and no employee should ever arrive at work healthy and well, ultimately to leave unhealthy and ill due to unavailability of sufficient PPE.”

'Eat beans to beat coronavirus' as boss at Glasgow firm tells staff to ignore scare stories

A company boss told staff eating beans would help them avoid coronavirus – and that the global pandemic was “blown out of proportion” by the media.

Shokat Mobarik of Glasgow-based Premier Housewares also informed staff the infection was a “small” health problem.

Last night, MSPs hit out at the claims as they called on firms to stop forcing workers to turn up for work.

Labour’s Monica Lennon said: “There are bad bosses then there are coronavirus cranks and clowns.

Police spy on coronavirus lockdown rebels from the sky

Police are spying on coronavirus lockdown rebels from the air using drones and helicopters.

Confusion over the exercise rules is leading to some members of the public being warned to return home.

The rules are stricter in England than in Scotland where you can use a car to go somewhere to exercise as long as it is a short distance.

READ MORE: Police spy on coronavirus lockdown rebels from the sky as exercise rules broken

Liam Gallagher says NHS concert will go ahead with or without Noel

Liam Gallagher has announced that he will be hosting a gig to raise money for the NHS with or without his brother Noel.

Yesterday the Oasis front man took to Twitter to publicly demand that his brother reunite with him for an Oasis gig to raise money for the NHS as they are working around the clock to tackle the coronavirus pandemic.

But today, Liam said that the show will go on with or without him.

READ MORE: Liam Gallagher says NHS gig will go ahead with or without Noel

Prince Charles pictured for first time since testing positive

The Duke of Rothesay has been seen for the first time since testing positive for coronavirus.

Clarence House posted a video in their Instagram Stories of heir to throne Charles joining in with the round of applause for the NHS from Birkhall, his private home on the Balmoral estate in Scotland.

The prince, 71, clapped along as he stood indoors smartly dressed in an open necked shirt, and jacket with a handkerchief in his pocket.

READ MORE: Prince Charles pictured for first time since testing positive for coronavirus

Hero Scots nurse goes viral with coronavirus fightback song

A hard-working NHS nurse has lifted spirits by performing a special coronavirus-themed song online.

Anne-Marie Cossar penned the ditty to the tune of Gerry Cinnamon’s festival anthem ‘Belter’.

The deputy charge nurse in the Dumfries and Galloway critical care unit, belts out the catchy tune wearing her blue scrubs and playing the guitar.

And the virus had better watch out as Anne-Marie sings “We’re going to pull together to kick Corona’s a**e out the door”.

READ MORE: Super-talented Scots nurse goes viral with brilliant coronavirus fightback song

Army spotted at SEC in Glasgow amid plans to create temporary NHS hospital

Army experts have been pictured at the SEC in Glasgow amid plans to turn the conference and events facility into a temporary emergency hospital.

The Army and the NHS believe the Glasgow complex, which boasts a helipad, is the perfect place for a makeshift hospital.

A Ministry of Defence spokesman said: “The Army have gone along today to provide advice to NHS Scotland and the Scottish Government about potentially setting up an NHS Facility there.

“It would not be a Field Hospital but an NHS Facility run by NHS Scotland with support from the Army.”

READ MORE: SEC sized up by Army and NHS as temporary emergency hospital to deal with coronavirus crisis

Clap for our Carers

Thousands of people across Scotland have paid tribute to NHS staff and carers for their work during the coronavirus pandemic.

People took to their windows, doorsteps, gardens and balconies to thank staff who are working so hard to prevent the spread of the deadly virus.

The ‘Clap for our Carers’ took place at 8pm with people from across the United Kingdom commending health service workers.

READ MORE: Thousands of Scots thank NHS heroes for their work during coronavirus crisis

Lockdown rule breakers nailed by police in Glasgow park

A group of people who gathered in a Glasgow park have been handed anti-social behaviour tickets by police officers for breaching lockdown rules.

Under the guidelines two or more people are not allowed to gather unless they are a family group within a household.

People are also only allowed to go out to exercise or if it is a necessity.

The group that gathered in Pollok Park had breached the rules and were carpeted by cops.

READ MORE: Lockdown rule breakers slapped with anti-social behaviour tickets by police in Pollok Park

Self-employed forced to wait till June for bailout

Self-employed workers will have to wait until June to get a £2500-a-month government bail out to help them through the coronavirus pandemic.

Chancellor Rishi Sunak won plaudits last night for the much-delayed announcement of support for millions of self-employed.

But he was criticised for the three-month wait for cash that many fear will see thousands of low wage self-employed workers slip into poverty.

READ MORE: Self-employed workers to wait until June to get government bailout over Covid-19 crisis

115 more dead in past day as UK total rises to 578

A further 115 people have died in the United Kingdom after testing positive for coronavirus, bringing the total number of deaths to 578, the government has revealed.

The number of confirmed cases rose to 11,658 on Thursday from 9,529 on Wednesday.

107 of the latest victims were in England, bringing the number of reported confirmed deaths there to 521.

The people who died in England were aged between 32 and 102, the NHS said.

All but two patients, who were aged between 71 and 86, had underlying health conditions, and their families have been informed.

READ MORE: UK coronavirus death toll jumps to 578 as pandemic claims a further 115 victims

Scots travel shop donates socks to nurses

A Scots travel retailer, which has seen sales plummet by 95%, has donated 5,000 pairs of specialist socks to help nurses fighting the coronavirus outbreak.

Trtl has given the compression socks to acute nurses at Glasgow Royal Infirmary, Royal Alexandra Hospital (Paisley) and Queen Elizabeth University Hospital in Govan - with each hospital getting around 1,000 pairs.

Another 1,000 will go to the Royal Edinburgh Hospital and 500 pairs each to Dundee’s Ninewells and Aberdeen Royal Infirmary.

READ MORE: Scots travel shop donates £125k worth of socks to help nurses fighting coronavirus

First named Scots victim is dad with no underlying health issues

The first Scottish victim of coronavirus to be named was a “happy and smiling” dad with no underlying health issues.

Danny Cairns, 68, from Greenock, is understood to have died this morning at Inverclyde Royal Hospital after contracting coronavirus.

The popular grandfather and dad to three sons was well known locally and started Wemyss Bay Bible Club, where he used to live, with his wife Eunice, 63.

READ MORE: First named Scots victim of coronavirus is Greenock dad with no underlying health issues

Self-employed hit by lockdown to get 80% of average yearly earnings

Chancellor Rishi Sunak said the UK Government support package for self-employed people would provide them with 80% of their average yearly earnings using their income from the past three years.

The Chancellor said the move - worth up to a maximum of £2,500 a month - would cover 95% of self-employed workers.

READ MORE: Self-employed to get 80% of their average earnings during coronavirus crisis

UK donates £210 million to virus vaccine fund

The UK has become the largest contributor to the international coalition to find a coronavirus vaccine after donating £210 million in new aid funding.

Prime Minister Boris Johnson announced the funding during a virtual summit of G20 leaders, Downing Street said.

Johnson said: “While our brilliant doctors and nurses fight coronavirus at home, this record British funding will help to find a vaccine for the entire world.

“UK medics and researchers are at the forefront of this pioneering work.

“My call to every G20 country and to governments around the world is to step up and help us defeat this virus.

“In the meantime, I want to repeat to everyone that they should stay at home, protect the NHS and save lives.”

Police granted new lockdown powers to prosecute Scots

If people do not comply with the new rules they could be “liable to an on-the-spot fine and, ultimately, if necessary, prosecuted”, Nicola Sturgeon said.

She stressed she hoped they will not have to be used, adding: “They are there to make sure we can ensure the right things are done to help us delay the spread of the virus.”

READ MORE: Police granted new lockdown powers to prosecute Scots

Health board coronavirus figures for Scotland

Positive cases in Scotland have increased by 175 to a total of 894.

Three more deaths have also been confirmed, taking the total to 25.

A total of 11,487 Scottish tests have concluded. Of these:

The health board cases figures are as follows:

Ayrshire and Arran - 74 cases

Borders - 23 cases

Dumfries and Galloway - 39 cases

Fife - 40 cases

Forth Valley - 75 cases

Grampian - 31 cases

Greater Glasgow and Clyde - 258

Highland - 29

Lanarkshire - 114

Lothian - 111

Shetland - 24

Tayside 76

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