Scotland is “not far away” from eliminating coronavirus, the country’s first minister has predicted.
Nicola Sturgeon was speaking as she announced there have been no deaths from confirmed cases of the virus in the past 24 hours.
This was the first time the figure had been zero on a weekday since 20 March.
Ms Sturgeon said the statistic was “really significant” and a further sign of the progress that has been made.
But she again warned against complacency because the virus “has not yet gone away” and is “on the rise again” in some other countries.
Ms Sturgeon said: “Suppressing the virus, driving it as far as we can towards total elimination, has to be our overriding priority.
“We have made exceptional progress over the past three months, and the figures today highlight that.
“But it has only been possible because the vast majority of us have stuck to the rules.”
The first minister stressed that elimination was different from eradication, and was about “getting it to the lowest possible levels we can in a country”.
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