Prime Minister Boris Johnson remains “clinically stable” and responds to treatment.
Downing Street says he is in “good spirits” at St Thomas Hospital in London where he is in intensive care.
Johnson’s official spokesperson said, “The Prime Minister remains clinically stable and responds to treatment.
“He continues to be treated in the intensive care unit of St Thomas Hospital. He is in a good mood. ”
PM continues to receive “standard oxygen therapy” and “breathes without any other assistance,” he said.
Downing Street confirmed that the PM does not work during intensive care and thanked the audience for the messages of support.
When asked if anyone had been in contact, the spokesperson said: “The PM is not working, he is in intensive care, he has the possibility to contact those he needs, he follows the advice from his doctors at all times.
“We are extremely grateful for the messages of support that the Prime Minister has received.
“I think the public response to the coronavirus was fantastic throughout the day and this was best illustrated by the applause they gave to NHS staff each week. “
12.58 p.m .: The number of coronavirus deaths increases from 70 to 366
The number of coronavirus deaths in Scotland increased by 70 overnight to 366, with more than 4,500 confirmed cases, said Nicola Sturgeon.
The total number of confirmed cases is up from 336 to 4,565, while there are 210 patients with Covid-19 in intensive care and 1,711 in hospital overall.
It comes as the National Records of Scotland (NRS) released new weekly figures providing more details on deaths from coronaviruses.
Speaking at a Scottish government press conference on Wednesday, the Prime Minister confirmed the figures.
11.51 a.m .: Scottish government responds to ‘serious concerns’ of doctors regarding PPE
The Scottish government has declared protecting front-line healthcare workers “top priority” after doctors raised “serious concerns” about it.
Over 100 doctors signed an open letter asking if the protective equipment provided was adequate for the task.
In response, a government spokesperson said, “We attach the highest priority to the protection of our frontline social and health care workers, and the detailed clinical advice published last week was jointly prepared by High-level expert clinicians in the UK, has been jointly agreed by the Head of Scotland. Doctors and nurses and contains specific details on which PPE to wear, by whom and when.
“As the Secretary of Health announced last week, we have introduced four direct PPE supply lines, a simplified ordering system for all staff who need PPE and a new email address. dedicated for any health or social service worker who has concerns about the supply of PPE to contact us immediately. When we are alerted to any local problem regarding the availability of PPE, we act immediately to resolve them.
“We are convinced that appropriate eye protection must be provided in accordance with the British guidelines for the four countries. We have adequate PPE supplies in place and our new supply line measures ensure that the right equipment reaches the right places with the greatest urgency possible.
“The Secretary of Health had discussions with Andrew Buist and Lewis Morrison of the BMA last week on key issues, including PPE, and will continue to engage with them regularly during this time.”
11:16 a.m .: Glasgow Warriors star returns to NHS as physio to help fight covid-19.
Rugby star Petrus de Plessis has announced his return to the NHS as a physio.
Glasgow Warriors head coach, who has been at the club since 2018, made the announcement on Twitter.
The 38-year-old South African signed up as a respiratory physiotherapist to help fight Covid-19.
He said, “I signed up to return to the NHS as a respiratory physiotherapist. I firmly believe that it is important to have all hands on the bridge to defeat this virus! “
10:16 am: pub tribute to health workers
Grace’s Bar in Glasgow’s Merchant City district paid a striking tribute to NHS workers.
The place, known as the Celtic pub, was closed during the lockdown and wanted to brighten its wooden windows.
Bar owner Paul Kelly said, “We felt the need to mount the windows as a precaution for safety and security and it suddenly struck us that everything we worked for as a team and in the community was in ruins.
“We could have advertised our site, but it was not good either when there are people who are fighting for their lives and others on the front lines who are fighting this virus.
“We are a sports bar, mainly Celtic fans but we have many fans of other teams who visit regularly as well and we will all really miss the place during this closing. “
“However, the message is still the same, we want to help remind everyone to stay home. Easter weekend is supposed to be a holiday, a time of joy and it would be easy to forget our commitments to stay safe, so we wrote this message to remind you that it is more important than never stay home and help this fight. We are all in there. “
9:50 am: half of those diagnosed with covid-19 in the Forth Valley are “fully recovered and back home”
About half of the 243 people with confirmed coronavirus diagnoses in Forth Valley have already fully recovered and have returned home.
Dr. Graham Foster, director of public health for Forth Valley, said it was important to get the message out that people were released when it was safe to do so.
As the number of Scottish and British deaths increases and the Prime Minister himself is in intensive care, more and more people are facing the seriousness of covid-19.
And some are concerned that those who have had the disease will return to their communities.
But Dr. Foster said, “We want to be reassuring that these people are not at high risk of infection and that they don’t need to be treated any differently.
“They will obviously do the self-isolation that everyone does and will obey the same rules as everyone else, but people don’t need to worry about them.
“People have to get used to the idea that the normal path of lust is that you feel bad for a period of time, usually seven days, and then you are safe after that to be released. “
9:27 a.m .: £ 500 emergency grant available for people affected by coronavirus
People in financial crisis caused by the ongoing Covid-19 pandemic can now receive immediate assistance in the form of a cash grant.
The initiative comes thanks to the launch of an emergency grant fund for coronaviruses by the national charity for poverty, Turn2us.
A one-time crisis grant of £ 500 will be approved and paid within three working days of the request, provided they meet the grant fund eligibility criteria.
The grant will not need to be repaid and is intended to be a financial lifeline in times of crisis.
One million people came to Turn2us for help in the past three weeks alone, an increase of 520% and an increase of 1800% among the self-employed.
8:50 am: launch of a “video tour” for Western Isles hospitals
A new “video tour” service will be launched on Wednesday in the western islands, which will allow hospital patients and their friends and family to stay in touch via a video link.
In a statement, NHS Western Isles said that since the closure of local hospitals to visitors in order to control the spread of the coronavirus, staff were working on a new system allowing video connections for hospital patients.
The service will initially be available for calls seven days a week between 2 p.m. and 4 p.m. to patients at Western Isles Hospital in Stornoway, with program rollout at all Western Isles hospital sites in the next two weeks currently at the study. Calls will last ten minutes.
8:46 a.m .: Entrepreneur donates £ 100,000 to finance free meals
Scottish entrepreneur Marie Macklin has donated £ 100,000 to help those in need during the coronavirus epidemic.
She launched a community fund called Lift Up Your Hearts, which aims to offer 20,000 free meals.
The project has partnered with the charity Centrestage and Braehead Foods to prepare and deliver free meals to homes in Kilmarnock and East Ayrshire.
Marie, who founded the urban regeneration company HALO, said: “It is a very proud day not only for me, but for everyone at HALO to see so many people coming together to support the Lift Up Your Hearts campaign which we hope will help the local communities who need it most in these unprecedented times.
“I would like to thank the Braehead Foods team and everyone at Centrestage for their support and dedication to making the first deliveries of these 20,000 meals happen so quickly.
“I am confident that together we will help as many people as possible through these difficult times.”
8:32 a.m .: Scottish football clubs prepare for coronavirus talks
Scottish clubs will have further talks with league officials on Wednesday to clarify the fate of the current season.
A number of clubs have already asked the Scottish Professional Football League to declare the ranking as is.
But Hearts has threatened legal action if they are relegated with eight games to go, and the Rangers have vowed to challenge any attempt to declare Celtic champions.
8:20 am: Doctors raise “serious concerns” about protective gear in an open letter to the Scottish government
More than 100 health professionals have signed an open letter to the Scottish government expressing “serious concern” regarding personal protective equipment.
The open letter states that the virus has caused “upheaval” and that lives have been “turned upside down” with people suffering from “fear and anxiety”.
He added that many people working for the health services were concerned about the adequacy of the protective equipment necessary for the “frontline battle” against an “invisible enemy”.
Doctors wrote, “Healthcare workers get sick and die from Covid-19. We believe it is vital that essential workers receive at least adequate PPE, to protect themselves and, in turn, protect their patients from this new virus. “
7.50am: British strategy against coronaviruses questioned
Questions were asked about Britain’s Covid-19 strategy in the absence of the Prime Minister, who is still in intensive care for the virus.
Concerns have been expressed about the review of the foreclosure measures – and senior officials have admitted that the UK has “a lot to learn” from the extensive German testing program.
Earlier, Foreign Secretary Dominic Raab, who was deputizing in the absence of Boris Johnson, had suggested that the lockdown review announced by the Prime Minister when he announced the restrictions would not go ahead on Monday as planned.
7:35 a.m .: Prime Minister spends second night in intensive care
Boris Johnson spent a second night in intensive care receiving treatment for Covid-19.
Downing Street said the PM’s condition was “stable” on Tuesday evening as they confirmed that he would remain at St Thomas’ hospital for “close surveillance”.
The 55-year-old is said to be in a “good mood”.
7:05 a.m .: report warns that GDP could fall by 25% if the lockdown continues
The Scottish economy could contract by up to a quarter if current lockdown restrictions continue for a period of three months, according to the Fraser of Allander Institute.
The report from the University of Strathclyde’s Economic Research Institute concluded that there would likely be “a long road to recovery” from the “unprecedented” impact on GDP of the coronavirus pandemic.
The estimates are projected over a three-month period of restraint and are not an “exact prediction of growth” in Q2 2020, but “simply an illustration of the magnitude of the shock” for the economy.
The report adds that “it may take several months, if not several years, before we really know the magnitude of the effects of the closure on the Scottish economy.”
7 a.m .: The job market has experienced the biggest drop in permanent starts since the global crash
Appointments to permanent jobs across Scotland in March fell at the fastest rate since the global financial crash, according to research.
Latest figures from the Royal Bank of Scotland show that the country experienced the sharpest drop in job creation last month since April 2009, down 10.7 points from the “unchanged” base rate of 50.
Permanent placements in April 2009 had a score of 33.6, 16.4 points lower than the standard 50.
Temporary billing also fell 19.3 points – the highest rate ever – as the Scottish job market was hit by the coronavirus pandemic.