No new coronavirus death in Scotland for day 16 but 18 new confirmed cases

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There have now been new overnight deaths in Scotland from the coronavirus for a sixteenth day, as 18 new positive cases are announced today. The total number of positive cases is now 18,645, according to the latest figures released by the Scottish Government.

The number of patients receiving treatment for confirmed or suspected cases of the virus in hospital is 260 – three of whom are currently in intensive care.

The figures come as Scots are told to avoid visiting a large area in northern England after an increase in coronavirus cases.

The non-essential travel warning also applies to anyone in the affected areas, including Manchester, who planned to travel to Scotland.

First Minister Nicola Sturgeon announced the move after a meeting of the Scottish Government’s Resilience Committee.

Meanwhile, Scotland’s chief prosecutor is urged to consider whether the Scottish government’s management of care homes during the coronavirus crisis has violated public health legislation.

The Scottish Conservatives wrote to Lord Advocate James Wolffe QC, saying the ministers’ actions had “had dire and devastating consequences for the residential care home sector”.

It also emerged on Friday that two other Scots had tested positive for the coronavirus after a cluster was identified in the Greater Glasgow and Clyde area.

This brings the total to 13 and an incident management team (IMT) contacts anyone who may be affected.

The cases are linked to Inverclyde locations; M&D Green Pharmacy in John Wood Street, Port Glasgow and Amazon in Gourock.

Health chiefs have also confirmed that a case has been linked to the Sitel call center in Lanarkshire.

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