Coronavirus claims lives of another 59 people in Scotland

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

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Another 59 people have died with Covid-19 in Scotland.

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.

A total of 1587 people are in hospital overall in Scotland with confirmed or suspected Covid-19 – a drop of 45 overnight.

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.

Proposals mooted include allowing unlimited exercise, beer gardens to open and encouraging more people back to work.

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”.