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Scotland has reported no new deaths of people who had tested positive for coronavirus for the second day in a row.

It comes after First Minister Nicola Sturgeon declared Scotland was working towards “total elimination” of COVID-19, having noted that Friday’s low figures were significant because it was a weekday rather than a weekend.

Weekend figures are often low because of a delay in reporting, but Saturday’s update still makes for positive reading.

Official figures stated there were only 15 new cases of coronavirus in Scotland, which took the total number of positive tests in the country to 18,228.

Of those who have tested positive in Scotland, 4,045 have been discharged from hospital since 5 March.

There are currently 456 people in Scottish hospitals with confirmed COVID-19, five of whom are in intensive care, while 11 are in intensive care with suspected coronavirus.

EDINBURGH, SCOTLAND - JUNE 17: Nicola Sturgeon MSP First Minister arrives for Covid-19 social distancing First Ministers Questions at the Scottish Parliament Holyrood on June 17, 2020 in Edinburgh, Scotland. (Photo by Fraser Bremner - Pool/Getty Images)
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There have been no new COVID-19 deaths reported in Scotland for two days running

For the UK as a whole, the Department of Health reported 100 coronavirus deaths across all hospitals, care homes and the wider community in the 24 hours preceding 9am on Saturday.

That took the government’s overall total to 43,414.

There were also 890 new positive test results across the UK, taking that total to 310,250 from more than nine million tests carried out.

The figure for the number of people tested has been “temporarily paused to ensure consistent reporting” across all methods of testing.

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