The first patient in Scotland has died after contracting coronavirus, Scotland’s Chief Medical Officer Catherine Calderwood has confirmed.
Dr Catherine Calderwood said: "I am saddened to report that a patient in Scotland who has tested positive for Coronavirus has died in hospital.
"I offer my deepest sympathy to their friends and family at this difficult time."
She said the patient had been being treated by Lothian Health Board, and was an older person who had had pre-existing health conditions.
"No further information will be available to protect patient confidentiality," Dr Calderwood added.
As of Friday, a further 208 people have tested positive for the deadly coronavirus, bringing the total number of UK cases to 798.
The Department of Health updated figure on Friday afternoon, hours after Sir Patrick Vallance said at least 60% of the population needs to contact COVID-19 in order to develop "heard immunity."
British Prime Minister Boris Johnson warned "many more families are going to lose loved ones before their time" on Thursday afternoon as the UK moved from "contain" to the "delay" phase over the coronavirus outbreak.
He also told the country that people with even mild cold symptoms must self isolate immediately.
Confirmation of the first death in Scotland came after the SPFL announced the postponement of all fixtures from Friday, with this Sunday's Old Firm clash between Rangers and Celtic at Ibrox among those affected.
In addition, the Wales v Scotland Six Nations game in Cardiff on Saturday has been postponed, while the Aye Write literary festival in Glasgow this month has been cancelled along with Radio 1's Big Weekend in Dundee – which was due to take place in May.
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