Nicola Sturgeon announces 44 new cases of coronavirus in Scotland as no deaths have been recorded

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There have been 44 new confirmed cases of coronavirus in the past 24 hours, Nicola Sturgeon confirmed.The new figure brings the total number of positive cases in Scotland since the start of the epidemic to 19,921.

Sturgeon announced that there had been no new hospital deaths for positive cases in the past 24 hours, with the total number of deaths remaining at 2,492.

243 are currently being treated in hospital and one in intensive care.



New advice has been issued on face masks

The announcement was made during the daily coronavirus briefing held at St Andrew’s House.

The latest figures come as new policies are announced on wearing face masks in school amid an increase in cases.

High school students in Scotland will be required to wear face masks from Monday August 31.

The Scottish government confirmed this morning that it will implement the guidelines after a review of security measures.

Education Secretary John Swinney told the BBC Good Morning Scotland: “We recommend the guidelines to be published later today, namely that from August 31, young people over 12 years old in high schools should usually wear face coverings when moving into schools and hallways, and in common areas where physical distancing is difficult. ”

The Scottish government’s decision, which is not binding at this stage, is based on new advice to be released by the World Health Organization (WHO), Swinney said.

The updated guidance did not include the use of coatings in the classroom, where social distancing measures are already in place.

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