Coronavirus claims lives of another 59 people

It takes the death toll of confirmed and suspected Covid-19 cases to nearly 3000.

Another 59 people have died with Covid-19 in Scotland, STV News reported on Thursday.

And West Dunbartonshire councillors have been briefed that the death toll within the local government area has now risen above the 100 mark.

It takes the death toll of confirmed coronavirus patients to 1762, but counting suspected cases the total is nearly 3000.

Speaking at the Scottish Government’s daily press briefing on Thursday, Nicola Sturgeon also said there had been a rise of 215 positive cases, taking Scotland’s total there to 12,924.

She sent her condolences to all those who have lost ones, but also highlighted signs of “progress” in the figures around hospital and intensive care (ICU) admissions.

Just 86 people are being treated in ICUs for the virus – a decrease of three – down from a peak of 221 in mid-April.

Chart: STV News – Source: Health Protection Scotland

And a total of 2954 patients who had coronavirus have been able to leave hospital and go home since the outbreak began, Sturgeon said.

The First Minister also spoke about press reports the UK Government wants to begin easing lockdown measures from Monday.

The FM said while the Scottish Government is considering allowing more frequent outdoor exercise, the other reported moves would “not be safe for us to make yet” in Scotland.

She said while “really significant progress” was being made in curbing coronavirus, the situation “remains fragile”.

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