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Concern as coronavirus cases hit three-month high in Scotland

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A three-month high in coronavirus cases in Scotland is « undoubtedly a concern », Nicola Sturgeon has said.

The First Minister said she feels « a greater sense of anxiety today » than at any time « probably for the last couple of months ».

She warned Covid-19 was still « immensely dangerous for some people » and urged people to « continue to make sure you are not doing anything that gives the virus the chance to spread ».

In the last 24 hours, 160 new cases of Covid-19 have been recorded, the highest total since May 16 and an increase on the 123 announced on Sunday.

It brings the total number of cases since the start of the pandemic to 20,478. With no deaths in almost a week, the number of fatalities remains at 2,494.

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The majority of new cases are in the central belt, with 69 in the Greater Glasgow and Clyde health board area and 27 in Lanarkshire.

Speaking during the daily coronavirus briefing in Edinburgh, Ms Sturgeon said the « quite high » numbers of new cases were « partly a result of greater numbers of people being tested » and she stressed the proportion of people testing positive was still below one per cent.

But she added: « The number of cases we are seeing right now is a reminder to all of us the virus is still a very real risk, it is a development that concerns me and it is one we are taking very seriously.

« We mustn’t lose sight of how important it is if we are to keep schools open, build economic recovery and retain a bit more normality in our lives that we do continue to suppress the virus and push as close to elimination of it as we possibly can. »

Pubs reopen in Scotland after coronavirus lockdown – In pictures

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Barman Dejah Hajdukovic serves a whisky at The Piper’s Rest pub in Edinburgh as pubs, bars and restaurants reopen

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Some of the first customers enjoy a drink at The Piper’s Rest pub in Edinburgh

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Crieff Hydro Hotel CEO, Stephen Leckie and his sons, Richard and Charlie play the bagpipes alongside daughter Louisa on the snare drum and highland dancer Ella Rose as they give a special welcome back to guests as they open for the first time since March.

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A member of staff places a safety sign on the door of The Scotsman’s Lounge pub

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George McDonald, from Clemiston, is the first customer to be served at The Scotsman’s Lounge pub

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George McDonald, from Clemiston, is the first customer to be served at The Scotsman’s Lounge pub

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George McDonald, from Clemiston, is the first customer to be served at The Scotsman’s Lounge pub

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Crieff Hydro Hotel CEO, Stephen Leckie and his sons, Richard and Charlie play the bagpipes alongside daughter Louisa on the snare drum and highland dancer Ella Rose as they give a special welcome back to guests as they open for the first time since March.

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People wait for opening outside The Scotsman’s Lounge pub in Edinburgh as pubs, bars and restaurants across Scotland reopen

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Ivor Birnie (left) and John Lynch, some of the first customers to be served at The Scotsman’s Lounge pub

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Crieff Hydro Hotel CEO, Stephen Leckie and his sons, Richard and Charlie play the bagpipes alongside daughter Louisa on the snare drum and highland dancer Ella Rose as they give a special welcome back to guests as they open for the first time since March.

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John Lynch, one of the first customers to be served at The Scotsman’s Lounge pub in Edinburgh

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Bill Day, aged 70, one of the first customers to be served at The Piper’s Rest pub in Edinburgh

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Barman Matthew Williams serves drinks at Scotts in South Queensferry

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Barman Dejah Hajdukovic serves a whisky at The Piper’s Rest pub in Edinburgh as pubs, bars and restaurants reopen

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Some of the first customers enjoy a drink at The Piper’s Rest pub in Edinburgh

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Crieff Hydro Hotel CEO, Stephen Leckie and his sons, Richard and Charlie play the bagpipes alongside daughter Louisa on the snare drum and highland dancer Ella Rose as they give a special welcome back to guests as they open for the first time since March.

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A member of staff places a safety sign on the door of The Scotsman’s Lounge pub

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George McDonald, from Clemiston, is the first customer to be served at The Scotsman’s Lounge pub

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George McDonald, from Clemiston, is the first customer to be served at The Scotsman’s Lounge pub

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George McDonald, from Clemiston, is the first customer to be served at The Scotsman’s Lounge pub

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Crieff Hydro Hotel CEO, Stephen Leckie and his sons, Richard and Charlie play the bagpipes alongside daughter Louisa on the snare drum and highland dancer Ella Rose as they give a special welcome back to guests as they open for the first time since March.

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People wait for opening outside The Scotsman’s Lounge pub in Edinburgh as pubs, bars and restaurants across Scotland reopen

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Ivor Birnie (left) and John Lynch, some of the first customers to be served at The Scotsman’s Lounge pub

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Crieff Hydro Hotel CEO, Stephen Leckie and his sons, Richard and Charlie play the bagpipes alongside daughter Louisa on the snare drum and highland dancer Ella Rose as they give a special welcome back to guests as they open for the first time since March.

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John Lynch, one of the first customers to be served at The Scotsman’s Lounge pub in Edinburgh

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Bill Day, aged 70, one of the first customers to be served at The Piper’s Rest pub in Edinburgh

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Barman Matthew Williams serves drinks at Scotts in South Queensferry

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Ms Sturgeon said not all of the new cases were linked to larger outbreaks, saying the rise of cases in Greater Glasgow and Clyde « seems to reflect a number of small clusters, rather than one or two more significant outbreaks ».

A cluster in Hawick in the Scottish borders had increased to 15 people, she added, with a mobile testing unit in place in the town, and there are now 188 cases linked to the 2 Sisters food processing plant in Coupar Angus.

On Monday, Scotland took more steps out of lockdown, with the opening of gyms and indoor swimming pools and the resumption of youth groups such as Cubs and Brownies and mother and baby groups.

The First Minister said « many people » had been looking forward to gyms and pools reopening, adding that the move would be a « major relief for people who work in the leisure centre ».

She added: « The reopening is a further welcome step in getting back to normal, it is important for wider health and wellbeing.

UK stays alerts during Coronavirus – In pictures

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People wearing PPE sit on bench’s at Earl’s Court Station

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Worlds End Nurseries in Chelsea opens for business. Customer Nika Kucifer is shown flowers by Janson Lotery

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Prime Minister Boris Johnson addressing the nation about coronavirus (COVID-19) from 10 Downing Street, London.

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Coronavirus Covid-19 Colour Coded Alert System

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A sign is pictured explaining that the road has been narrowed to aid social distancing when using Camden High Street

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Commuters on the Jubilee line

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Phil Spencer, Cheshire coach of the year 2019 photographed in action at the Bowdon Lawn Tennis Club coaching 9-year-old club member Gigi Welch on the first day the prime minister is allowing family members to enjoy unlimited outdoor activities and various sports played with social distancing on May 13, 2020 in Bowdon

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A golfer plays the first hole while wearing a face mask at West Essex Golf Course

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Pedestrians and cyclists make their way across London Bridge following prime minister Boris Johnson’s advice for people to return work if possible but not use public transport.

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Two men wear face masks on the London Underground Jubilee line

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Key workers in Birmingham city centre, as the UK continues in lockdown to help curb the spread of the coronavirus

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Coronavirus-themed street art by mural artist and illustrator KMG in Camden

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Traffic is seen on the M25 motorway during the morning rush hour near Heathrow Airport i

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A member of staff take a trolley from customers for disinfection at a garden centre in Caerphilly, Wales, as minor changes to lockdown restriction begin across Wales

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Commuters on the Jubilee line

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A woman wearing a protective face mask and gloves is seen walking past a mural,

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Pedestrians pass heavy traffic passing over Tower Bridge in London,

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Commuters wait to board a train at Canning Town underground

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A satellite image shows Trafalgar Square in London

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A member of staff hands over a coffee from behind a plastic protective screen at a branch of Pret a Manger in central London

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A general view of Old Compton Brasserie in an empty Soho

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Cyclists exercise in The Meadows in Edinburgh as the UK continues in lockdown to help curb the spread of the coronavirus

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A general view of Gerrard Street in an empty Soho

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A man wearing a protective face mask is seen at Westminster tube station,

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Workers carry a pane of glass on a construction site near Guildford

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Commuters wearing PPE (personal protective equipment), including a face mask as a precautionary measure against COVID-19, wait to catch a red London bus in the morning rush hour

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Traffic crosses Waterloo Bridge

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Pedestrians and cyclists make their way across London Bridge

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Commuters on the Jubilee line

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People wearing PPE sit on bench’s at Earl’s Court Station

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Worlds End Nurseries in Chelsea opens for business. Customer Nika Kucifer is shown flowers by Janson Lotery

Nigel Howard

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Prime Minister Boris Johnson addressing the nation about coronavirus (COVID-19) from 10 Downing Street, London.

PA

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Coronavirus Covid-19 Colour Coded Alert System

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A sign is pictured explaining that the road has been narrowed to aid social distancing when using Camden High Street

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Commuters on the Jubilee line

Nigel Howard

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Phil Spencer, Cheshire coach of the year 2019 photographed in action at the Bowdon Lawn Tennis Club coaching 9-year-old club member Gigi Welch on the first day the prime minister is allowing family members to enjoy unlimited outdoor activities and various sports played with social distancing on May 13, 2020 in Bowdon

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A golfer plays the first hole while wearing a face mask at West Essex Golf Course

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Pedestrians and cyclists make their way across London Bridge following prime minister Boris Johnson’s advice for people to return work if possible but not use public transport.

Daniel Hambury

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Two men wear face masks on the London Underground Jubilee line

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Key workers in Birmingham city centre, as the UK continues in lockdown to help curb the spread of the coronavirus

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Coronavirus-themed street art by mural artist and illustrator KMG in Camden

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Traffic is seen on the M25 motorway during the morning rush hour near Heathrow Airport i

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A member of staff take a trolley from customers for disinfection at a garden centre in Caerphilly, Wales, as minor changes to lockdown restriction begin across Wales

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Commuters on the Jubilee line

Nigel Howard

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A woman wearing a protective face mask and gloves is seen walking past a mural,

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Pedestrians pass heavy traffic passing over Tower Bridge in London,

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Commuters wait to board a train at Canning Town underground

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A satellite image shows Trafalgar Square in London

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A member of staff hands over a coffee from behind a plastic protective screen at a branch of Pret a Manger in central London

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A general view of Old Compton Brasserie in an empty Soho

Daniel Hambury

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Cyclists exercise in The Meadows in Edinburgh as the UK continues in lockdown to help curb the spread of the coronavirus

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A general view of Gerrard Street in an empty Soho

Daniel Hambury

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A man wearing a protective face mask is seen at Westminster tube station,

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Workers carry a pane of glass on a construction site near Guildford

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Commuters wearing PPE (personal protective equipment), including a face mask as a precautionary measure against COVID-19, wait to catch a red London bus in the morning rush hour

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Traffic crosses Waterloo Bridge

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Pedestrians and cyclists make their way across London Bridge

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Commuters on the Jubilee line

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« But it also obviously brings risks, there is no getting away from that, and that is why we have delayed this until now. »

Ms Sturgeon added: « The figures we are seeing just now for new cases demonstrate very clearly that this virus is still present across the country, it will spread rapidly if it gets the chance. »

Concluding the briefing, Ms Sturgeon issued a plea for people to « think very carefully about how you’re living your life at the moment » as she revealed anxiety about the « fragile » state of coronavirus suppression.

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Reflecting on the past seven months, she said: « There have been some really dark moments along the way since the start of March and, more recently, there have been moments of greater hope and optimism.

« I have always tried to be frank with you about my assessments and feelings about the situation that we are in, which is why I feel able to say to you today – and feel that it is important I say to you – that I feel a greater sense of anxiety today than I have done any time probably for the last couple of months.

« We are in a fragile position; we have substantially lifted the lockdown restrictions but in doing so we’ve allowed this virus opportunities to spread. »

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