VIRUS: NINE MORE DEATHS TAKE TOTAL TO 2103

BBC Scotland has published a reminder of Sunday’s main headlines:

  • UK’s daily figure for coronavirus deaths drops to 170 – the lowest since the day after lockdown began – although the figure does not include those from Northern Ireland due to “technical issues”
  • However, the overall death toll remains the highest in Europe, now standing at 34,636
  • Latest figures show 2,103 patients in Scotland have died after testing positive for Covid-19, an increase of nine
  • Testing and tracing technology is to be trialled in NHS Fife, NHS Lanarkshire and NHS Highland from tomorrow
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  • Health Minister Jeane Freeman says 600 existing NHS staff have been trained for ‘track and trace’ and is confident another 1400 will be in place by the end of May amid criticism of sluggish recruiting
  • The Scottish government is to introduce new powers – as a “last resort” – to intervene in failing care homes
  • Ms Freeman insists “all the proper clinically-led standard protocols were covered and followed” following the outbreak at the Nike conference in Edinburgh in late February
  • Author Neil Gaiman is criticised after travelling more than 11,000 miles from New Zealand to his house in Skye

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