ANOTHER 48 patients who had tested positive for coronavirus have died in the last 24 hours, the First Minister has revealed. 

Speaking at the Scottish Government’s daily briefing, Nicola Sturgeon said this brings the total deaths in Scotland to 495.

She said there were 318 new positive cases, taking the total up to 5275 cases. Of those 1832 are  in hospital, and 207 are in intensive care. 

Also speaking at the briefing, Police Scotland chief constable Iain Livingstone said officers have issued more than 500 fixed penalty notices to those not adhering to lockdown rules.

The chief constable thanked people who were following the guidance adding that his officers would "explain legal instructions, encourage compliance and when needed enforce the law".

He added: "Since emergency powers came into effect two weeks ago, we have been required to take enforcement action in limited situations.

"Thus far, across the whole of the country, we have issued more than 500 fixed penalty notices.

"This has typically been during incidents where people do not comply with legal instructions even after being spoken to by officers, for example house parties or other gatherings in public where those involved refuse to disperse."

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