ANOTHER six Scots have died from coronavirus overnight, bringing the country’s death toll to 2,415.
There have now been 15,603 cases in Scotland, an increase of 21 since yesterday.
There are currently 646 people in hospital with the bug, including 16 in intensive care. There are also four Scots in intensive care with suspected Covid-19.
Since March 5, 3,795 people have recovered from coronavirus and been discharged from hospital.
The Scottish Government revealed the figures this afternoon.
Meanwhile, an expert has predicted Scotland’s coronavirus-linked deaths could hit zero by the end of the month.
But he insisted it won’t mean the killer bug is gone for good, even if numbers do return to levels seen in previous years by the end of June.
Professor Carl Heneghan said a consistent drop in fatality rates suggests the landmark moment will be within weeks.
Coronavirus deaths in Scotland could be at zero by the end of June
And he warned that flare-ups are likely in the coming months due to outbreaks in hospitals and care homes.
It comes as the R-number of the virus – which indicates how many people an average infected person will pass it on to – has gone back above 1 in certain areas in England.
Research by Public Health England and Cambridge University suggests the reproduction rate is 1.01 in the North West and 1.0 in the South West.
It also warned that there is some evidence the value has risen in all regions, saying it was probably due to increasing mobility and mixing between households in public and work settings since lockdown has been eased south of the border in recent weeks.
And Nicola Sturgeon has said planned anti-racism protest are “not safe” – as organisers move the event to Glasgow Green to accommodate the expected 11,000 crowd.
It comes as Humza Yousaf said the demos, being staged in the wake of George Floyd’s death, should be policed with “common sense”.
Meanwhile, hundreds of patients were found to have Covid-19 after being admitted to hospital for other conditions, the Scottish government has confirmed.
A total of 908 patients were found with the infection and 218 of them died.
It is not clear at this stage if they acquired the infection in hospital, or in their community prior to admission.
Labour called for an inquiry, while the Conservatives demanded an urgent statement from the health secretary, after The Herald revealed the figures.
The Scottish government insisted it was being transparent but said it was necessary to properly validate figures before they were released.