Coronavirus / No more viral patients in Shetland as lockdown set to continue

THE CORONAVIRUS lockdown should extend for at least another three weeks, first minister Nicola Sturgeon said in the Scottish Parliament today, while no additional positive tests in Shetland were announced.

There were also no people in the Gilbert Bain Hospital with the virus as of midnight last night.

The First Minister said that the existing lockdown has succeeded in slowing the spread of the lethal virus, although 80 more deaths in Scotland were reported in the last 24 hours, making a total of 779 since the pandemic began.

An official announcement by the UK government on the lockdown extension is expected later today.

The latest Scottish figures show a total of 7,102 positive cases confirmed, an increase of 354 compared with yesterday, with 1,799 people in hospital with suspected or confirmed Covid-19.

There were also 196 people in intensive care with confirmed or suspected cases of Covid-19, an increase of one on yesterday’s figures.