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No new confirmed Covid-19 deaths in Scotland in the last 24 hours; First Minister declares face to face teaching a priority

By Scott Maclennan

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First Minister Nicola Sturgeon.
First Minister Nicola Sturgeon.

There were no new deaths in Scotland in the last 24 hours among those with a confirmed case of Covid-19, according to First Minister Nicola Sturgeon.

Overall there were just 29 new cases nationwide and the number of those in hospital with the virus fell by 94, though three new patients were admitted to hospital with the virus.

A total of 3909 people have been discharged from hospital since March 5 after contracting the virus and recovering.

At today's Scottish Government briefing the First Minister also spoke out about education, saying the aim is to have the “maximum” amount of face to face teaching time for pupils when they return in August.

"I hope to leave you in no doubt today about the priority that I and the whole government attaches to making sure that our young people do not lose out on education or have their life chances damaged as a result of this crisis that we are living through," she said.

“I want to be very clear that it is our expectation that by the time school starts on August 11, and obviously with the necessary safety guidelines, councils will have put in place arrangements that absolutely maximise the time that young people spend in a school environment having face-to-face learning.

“In this period, the period right now, the Scottish Government will be scrutinising council plans very closely and, where we conclude that all possible steps have not been taken to maximise face-to-face teaching and learning, we will ask councils to reconsider and revise the plans.”

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