More coronavirus deaths in Scotland take UK total to 468
Written by Hit Music Radio News on 26/03/2020
Three more people have died from coronavirus in Scotland, taking the total number of deaths there to 25 and the UK-wide tally to 468.
First Minister Nicola Sturgeon announced the latest figures, adding that the number of positive COVID-19 tests in the country had also increased from 719 to 894 – a rise of 175 in a day.
England, Wales and Northern Ireland are expected to update their own figures later on Thursday.
The UK’s coronavirus numbers as it stands:
- England – 414 deaths and 7,973 confirmed cases
- Scotland – 25 deaths and 894 confirmed cases
- Wales – 22 deaths and 628 confirmed cases
- Northern Ireland – seven deaths and 209 confirmed cases
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The Scottish government hopes to have powers to enforce social distancing in place by the end of today.
Speaking at St Andrew’s House in Edinburgh, Ms Sturgeon said people who break the rules could be subject to prohibition notices and liable for on-the-spot fines and prosecution.
“The police will continue to take a soft approach to enforcement”, but they will have the power to act, she said.
Ms Sturgeon added that safeguards would be in place which would be reviewed every 21 days, and the new legislation would last a maximum of six months.
© Sky News 2020