PEOPLE who break lockdown restrictions and go inside the homes of their family and friends are putting them at risk of “potentially dying”, Nicola Sturgeon has warned.

The First Minister referenced the poor weather forecast for the weekend and said if people are not

willing to gather outdoors, even if it is raining, they should not meet

at all.

Speaking at the Scottish Government’s daily coronavirus briefing in

Edinburgh, she also made a “special plea” to young people, reminding them they are not immune from coronavirus.

Sturgeon said: “If you are not willing to meet outdoors in, all

likelihood, the rain, please do not meet up with people from other households at all – and I cannot emphasise that strongly enough.

“I’m not exaggerating when I say that if you do meet people from

other households indoors you are putting yourself and are putting

them at risk of getting the virus, of becoming ill with it and potentially dying from it.”

She said she knows many young people will be “desperate” to spend more time with friends.

But she warned them: “You are

not immune from this virus, you can get it and it can be very harmful

to you.

“Even if you are not seriously affected yourself, you can still pass it on to other young people.

“They might then pass it on to others who are at greater risk of Covid-19 such as their parents or grandparents and that could have really tragic consequences.”

Sturgeon also gave an update on coronavirus in Scotland, saying 2409 patients have died after testing positive for the disease, up 14 from 2395 on Thursday.

She said 15,582 people have tested positive for the virus across Scotland, a rise of 29 from 15,553

on the previous day.

There are 995 patients in hospital with confirmed or suspected Covid-19, a fall of 26 in 24 hours.

This also marks the first time

since March 30 that this figure

has been under 1000.

Of these patients, 23 are in intensive care, down by five.

Police Scotland’s chief constable, Iain Livingstone, echoed the First Minister’s warning about meeting people indoors.

He told the briefing: “Don’t have house parties if the rain comes on.

“Don’t get your friends round. It is not the time to do that, it is literally putting lives at risk.”

Livingstone said the good weather as lockdown in Scotland eased last weekend had led to people being “demob-happy”. He said “concerning” gatherings at parks, beaches and beauty spots led to more than 2000 police dispersals in 72 hours.

The police chief urged people not to travel to busy places this weekend and pledged “robust” police action on indoor gatherings.