A total of 2,415 patients have died in Scotland after testing positive for coronavirus, no change on Saturday’s figure. It is the first time the death total has remained the same since March 20. Northern Ireland has also reported no new deaths from COVID-19. The news comes in contrast to the US which has been nudging towards 110,000 deaths.
The Scottish Government figures also show that 15,621 people have tested positive for COVID-19, an increase of 18.
Of those who tested positive, 646 were in hospital on Saturday evening, 16 of whom were in intensive care, while nine others were in intensive care with suspected Covid-19.
Meanwhile Northern reported another six confirmed cases of coronavirus bringing the total recorded since the outbreak began to 4,796.
There has been 109,497 deaths from COVID-19 in the US as the number of confirmed cases soars towards two million with 1,909,077 infections, according to the latest Johns Hopkins University data.
Coronavirus latest: US deaths near 110,000 as global cases nudge towards seven million
US coronavirus cases mapped
Meanwhile, a Reuters tally estimates the number of COVID-19 cases around the world has almost reached seven million.
About 30 percent of those cases are from the United States, although the fastest growing outbreak is in Latin America, which now accounts for roughly 16 percent of all cases.
Globally, deaths from the novel coronavirus are approaching 400,000, Reuters reports.
The United States accounts for about one-quarter of all fatalities but deaths in South America are rapidly rising.
The number of deaths linked to COVID-19 in just five months is now equal to the number of people who die annually from malaria, one of the world’s most deadly infectious diseases.
There are fears Brazil, which has recently seen their death rapidly climb, may overtake the United Kingdom to have the second-largest number of deaths in the world.
The global death toll is believed to be higher than the officially reported 400,000 as many countries lack supplies to test all victims and some countries do not count deaths outside of a hospital.
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3.20pm update: Scotland to follow the rest of the UK by introducing a quarantine for travellers
People arriving in Scotland from abroad will have to quarantine for 14 days or face a £480 fine, the Justice Secretary Humza Yousaf has announced.
All arrivals will be required to fill out forms detailing where they will be isolating and give their contact details.
Border Force officers will be carrying out spot checks, with fines of up to £480 for giving false information or flouting the quarantine rules.
People believed to be repeatedly breaching the quarantine can be reported to the Procurator Fiscal for criminal prosecution, with fines of up to £5,000, although Mr Yousaf said this would be done “as a last resort”.
3pm update: Scientist who advises UK Government warns still “awful long way to go” before the coronavirus pandemic is brought to an end
Professor John Edmunds, who attends meetings of the Government’s Scientific Advisory Group for Emergencies (Sage), said there was a risk the disease will “come back very fast” if the UK “relaxed its guard”.
Prof Edmunds told BBC One’s The Andrew Marr Show: “It’s definitely not all over, unfortunately. There’s an awful long way to go.
“And if we relax, then this epidemic will come back very fast. So I think we do need to be really cautious.”
Asked about a recent report which estimated the R value – the number of people an infected person passes the virus on to – is 1.01 in the north-west and one in the south-west of England, he said: “It does look like the overall reproduction number is going up, and going up a little bit, only very, very marginally and perhaps a little bit in other settings.
“It is creeping close to one in some places. I think we can’t rule that out. But it might be even at around one in some regions.
“But I would stress that overall the assessment is it probably is still below one, probably everywhere, you know, on average.”
2.20pm update: No new coronavirus deaths have been reported in Scotland
Scotland has records no COVID-19 deaths for the first time since lockdown began, Scottish Government figures show.
2pm update: Saudi Arabia has more than 100,000 coronavirus cases as number of infections soar
The Saudi Ministry of Health reported 3,045 new cases on Sunday, taking the total to 101,914, with 712 deaths.
The number of new daily cases exceeded 3,000 for the first time on Saturday.
12.45pm update: Don’t celebrate victory over coronavirus too soon, Pope Francis says during Sunday blessing
Pope Francis warned Italians to not let their guard down against coronavirus now that infection rates have fallen as he addressed several hundred people in St. Peter’s Square for his Sunday blessing.
he said: “Be careful. Don’t cry victory too soon.
“We still have to follow the rules. Thank God, we are leaving the worst part, but always by obeying the rules that the authorities have stipulated.”
US Senator Scott said the United States has evidence China has interfered in the global bid to thwart the spread of COVID-19. He said in the BBC interview: “We have got to get this vaccine done.
“Unfortunately, we have evidence that communist China is trying to sabotage us or slow it down.
“China does not want us … to do it first, they have decided to be an adversary to Americans and I think to democracy around the world.”
Asked what evidence the United States had, Scott declined to give details but said it had come through the intelligence community.
11am update: Malaysia records no new coronavirus deaths
Malaysian health officials reported 19 new coronavirus cases on Sunday, taking the cumulative total to 8,322.
But the nation’s death toll remains at 117 after no new deaths were recorded
10.30am update: Malaysia to lift most coronavirus restrictions on businesses on Wednesday
Prime Minister Muhyiddin Yassin announced in a televised address the nation’s COVID-19 outbreak was under control and Malaysia would begin a new recovery phase until August 31.
A ban on travel between its states will be lifted on Wednesday after a lockdown of nearly three months although Malaysia’s international borders will remain closed.
Malaysia has reported 8,303 cases with 117 deaths, with the pace of infections slowing in recent days.
Mr Hancock previously insisted one of the key aspects of relaxing restrictions was to ensure the R rate remained below one.
Ms Ridge said: “You have always said, along with the Prime Minister, that you would be guided by the science.
“And the R rate, the rate of infection, is something you’ve talked about a lot, the need to keep that below one.
“But at the start of this week, a model from Cambridge University and Public Health England has said, ‘the R has risen in all regions and it’s above 1 in some regions,’ and that ‘these increases may result in the decline of the national death rate being arrested by mid-June.’
“If that is the case, why are you pushing with easing the lockdown?”
9.30am update: Churches and other places of worship set to open from June 15
Churches and other places of worship are set to open for private prayer from June 15, the Government has announced.
Individuals are expected to be able to “reflect and pray” while adhering to social-distancing rules – but worship groups, weddings and other services will still not be permitted.
A Number 10 spokeswoman said: “The Prime Minister recognises how important it is, at this unprecedented time, for people to have the space to reflect and pray, to connect with their faith, and to be able to mourn for their loved ones.
“The PM is so grateful to people of all faiths and none, who have followed the social distancing guidelines, and in doing so, protected their communities.
“We plan to open up places of worship for individual prayer in a safe, Covid-secure way that does not risk further transmission.”
The Bishop of London, Dame Sarah Mullally – who chairs the Church of England’s Recovery Group, welcomed the Government’s announcement that church buildings can open for private, individual prayer.
She said: “This is the start of the journey for church buildings to open up safely in line with Government advice, and we look forward to their detailed guidance on enabling this first step to happen.”
9am update: Russia reports 8,984 new cases of COVID-19 as death toll rises by 134
Russia has reported 8,984 new cases of the novel coronavirus in the last 24 hours on Sunday, pushing the total number of infections to 467,673.
Officials said 134 people had died during the same period, bringing the official nationwide death toll to 5,859.
8am update: China will strengthen international cooperation in future COVID-19 clinical vaccine trials, says nation’s science and technology minister
Developing “a vaccine is still the fundamental strategy in our effort to overcome the new coronavirus,” Science and Technology Minister Wang Zhigang told a news conference in Beijing.
But he warned vaccine development is very difficult and takes time.
Mr Wang added: “The rigour of vaccine development has been compared by some scientists to a dance involving precise steps and rehearsals.”