Scotland records no coronavirus deaths for sixth day in a row

EDINBURGH, SCOTLAND - JUNE 18: Members of the public and railway staff wear face masks in Waverley Station on June 18, 2020 in Edinburgh, Scotland. First Minister Nicola Sturgeon announced phase 2 of lifting coronavirus restrictions, as of Monday it will be mandatory to wear face masks on all public transport, including taxis and private hire cars., (Photo by Jeff J Mitchell/Getty Images)
First Minister Nicola Sturgeon announced the good news that Scotland has recorded no deaths from coronavirus for nearly a week (Picture: Getty)

 

Scotland has recorded no deaths from coronavirus for the sixth day running, Nicola Sturgeon has announced.

A total of 2,472 patients have died in Scotland after testing positive for coronavirus.

The death total previously remained unchanged on June 21, June 15, June 8 and June 7.

The First Minister said 18,170 people have tested positive for the virus in Scotland, up by 14 from 18,156 the day before.

There are 867 people in hospital with confirmed or suspected Covid-19, an increase of 66. Of these patients, 15 were in intensive care, down by one.

The positive news from Scotland comes as all four nations prepare to take the next steps out of lockdown.

Boris Johnson is set to make a major announcement tomorrow on reopening pubs, restaurants, hotels and hairdressers from July 4 in England.

The Prime Mnister will discuss the next steps with senior ministers and government scientists today before outlining the plan for the hospitality sector in Parliament tomorrow, in what is being billed as Independence Day for much of the UK’s economy.

On Sunday, the PM said the progress made in the fight against coronavirus during three months of lockdown mean ‘it will be possible to open up more’.

‘The disease is increasingly under control and I just want people to reflect on that important fact,’ he added in a Downing Street interview.

Guidance will be published for each sector on how businesses can reduce the spread of Covid-19 when they reopen.

British Prime Minister Boris Johnson joins a socially distanced lesson during a visit to Bovingdon Primary School, following the announcement of a GBP 1 billion plan to help pupils catch up with their education before September after spending months out of school during the coronavirus lockdown, in Bovingdon, Hemel Hempstead, Hertfordshire, Britain June 19, 2020. Steve Parsons/Pool via REUTERS
Boris Johnson is meeting senior ministers and government scientists to discuss the next lockdown move (Picture: Reuters)

 

And the public are expected to be warned that the newest relaxation of rules will be the first to be reversed if there are widespread breaches that prompt the virus to spread uncontrollably.

A No 10 spokesman said: ‘The reason we are able to move forward this week is because the vast majority of people have taken steps to contain the virus.

‘The more we open up, the more important it is that everyone follows the social-distancing rules.

‘We will not hesitate to put the handbrake on to stop the virus running out of control.’

The two-metre rule, which places severe constraints on the hospitality sector, looks increasingly likely to be reduced to one-metre from next month – so long as mandatory face coverings and other protective measures are kept in place.

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