Nicola Sturgeon was forced to backtrack during her daily briefing after the virtual press conference fell victim to a massive technical error live on-air. The First Minister had appeared to update Scotland on the latest coronavirus figures and discuss the “cautious” easing of certain restrictions. However, when Channel 4 News reporter Ciaran Jenkins tried to ask a question, he ran into a major difficulty.
He said: “First Minister, is it just on my screen that you’ve disappeared?”
Ms Sturgeon laughed: “I’ve no idea because I can’t see your screen.”
Mr Jenkins tried to reach out to other broadcast journalists on the video call.
He asked: “Can anyone else chip in? Can anyone else see the First Minister or is it just me?”
Sturgeon suffers embarrassing on-air gaffe as live press briefing cuts out – ‘We lost you’
Channel 4 News reporter Ciaran Jenkins tried to ask a question.
The reporter added: “We’ve lost you, we’ve lost video to the First Minister.”
The SNP leader tried to move proceedings along, saying: “I can still hear you, if you can still hear me.
“I’m not sure what’s happened to the video, whether that’s just on your screen or whether it’s more of a broadcasting issue.”
Mr Jenkins told her: “I think if we can’t see you on this feed, we’re not going to be able to see you on the recording.”
‘We’ve lost you, we’ve lost video to the First Minister.’
Ms Sturgeon decided to try a different tactic: “I’ll tell you what, can I make a suggestion that I go onto newspaper questions, for whom the video is not as important.
“Then we can try to resolve the issue, and come back to broadcasters shortly.”
After she received an affirmative, the First Minister moved on.
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As for updates on key statistics, Ms Sturgeon confirmed that the total number of COVID-19 related deaths in Scotland had risen by one to 2,448.
As of nine o’clock this morning, there have been 15,755 cases confirmed of the virus through NHS laboratories.
That’s an increase of 25 from yesterday.
A total of 964 patients are in hospital with confirmed or suspected COVID-19.
That represents a total reduction of 19 from yesterday, including a reduction of seven in the number of confirmed cases.