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Nine more deaths

Lockdown to remain ‘to stop virus spreading out of control’

Nicola Sturgeon: ‘we must stay at home’

First Minister Nicola Sturgeon said lifting the lockdown restrictions too early would risk the coronavirus ‘spreading out of control.’

As she announced nine further deaths from coronavirus, taking the total in Scotland to 575, she said she understood the frustrations people were experiencing from staying at home.

The policy will be considered this week, but “that review is not likely to result in those restrictions being lifted in the near future,” she said at her daily briefing.

“They will not be in place for a second longer than is necessary but if they are lifted too early… then we risk the virus spreading out of control and overwhelming the NHS and taking many more lives.”

The latest data shows 6,067 have proved positive (+155 on yesterday), of which 1797 (+42) are in hospital and 211 are in intensive care (-10).

A number of nations have announced they are preparing to ease their lockdown restrictions in the coming days. Spain and Italy – the two European countries worst-hit by the pandemic – have re-started some industries while Germany is considering opening schools from Monday. 

Millions of Spanish workers returned to their jobs on Monday after Madrid lifted the curbs on non-essential industries. Builders, cleaners, construction, factory and shipyard employees were allowed back to work, as police handed out millions of masks on the country’s metro, train and bus networks. 

Austria, Denmark and the Czech Republic are also set to loosen their lockdowns. 

However, French president Emmanuel Macron announced that the country’s lockdown would last until at least 11 May.

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