Scotland records no coronavirus deaths for sixth day in a row as daily toll continues to fall

SCOTLAND has seen NO new coronavirus deaths for the past six days – but Nicola Sturgeon has cautioned against 'acting recklessly'.

In total, 2,472 Scots have lost their lives to the deadly virus – but over the past week, the death toll has plummeted.

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Despite that, the First Minister hasn't yet set a concrete date for the reopening of pubs, bars and cafes, although a review is expected in early July.

The country began moving into phase two of its road map to ease restrictions on Friday.

Over the coming weeks, shops will start to reopen, work will resume in certain industries, and some of the rules about meeting other people will be relaxed.

However, today Ms Sturgeon warned moving too quickly could lead to further spikes of the virus, pointing to new outbreaks in China, Germany and South Korea.

Speaking during the Scottish Government's daily coronavirus briefing, she said some 18,170 people have now tested positive for the virus in Scotland, up 14 from 18,156 on Sunday.

There are 867 people in hospital with confirmed or suspected Covid-19, an increase of 66 on Sunday, while 15 people are in intensive care, down by one.

Ms Sturgeon said: "The virus hasn't gone away, there are already countries – China and Germany, for example – that are right now dealing with spikes in cases as a result of significant outbreaks.

"And health officials in South Korea have said they think the country is now experiencing a second wave."

She added: "I know that when numbers of cases and deaths here are continuing to fall it is very tempting for all of us to think it is all over and we should just now quickly get back to normal.

"We are trying to get back to normal and we want to do that as quickly as possible but let me reiterate my strong view that acting recklessly now would be a serious mistake.

"We must continue to be cautious and all of us must continue to adhere strictly to the public health advice.

"That will help us continue progress and avoid a resurgence of the virus now."

Ms Sturgeon said Scotland is making good progress in tackling coronavirus, adding she intends to set out more indicative dates when lockdown measures could be eased later in the week.


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