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Infections hold steady as we take another step along the roadmap out of lockdown

LATEST figures from the Scottish Government say the total number of people tested positive for Covid-19 in Dumfries and Galloway remained static overnight at 285. A total of 238,076 people in Scotland have been tested through NHS Scotland labs and UK Government facilities. Of these, say the official figures: 219,885 were confirmed negative 18,191 were positive Of the people who have tested positive: 4,012 inpatients have been discharged from hospital since 5 March 489 were in hospital last night: 8 of whom were in intensive care; plus 15 more people in intensive care with suspected Covid-19 2,480 people have died in Scotland The Government counsels: "This will be an underestimate of the number of cases. Not everyone with the virus will display symptoms and not all those with symptoms will be tested." The figures were released as Nicola Sturgeon outlined dates for further relaxation of lockdown rules in Scotland as per her government's roadmap. People will be allowed to meet up with two other households indoors from 10 July and pubs and restaurants can re-open from 15 July. The First Minister also said the five-mile travel limit will be lifted from 3 July, while beer gardens can re-open from 6 July. Hairdressers and barbers can open from 15 July, as can holiday accommodation. Miss Sturgeon said the move was possible thanks to the "real sustained progress" made in suppressing coronavirus and added the changes depended on keeping the virus under control, and could be reversed if there were to be a fresh outbreak. Although the tourism sector will not open fully until 15 July, "it is intended" that self-contained holiday accommodation – for example holiday cottages and lodges, or caravan facilities where there are no shared services - can open from 3 July. Schools are expected to fully reopen on August 11, subject to further advice from Education Secretary John Swinney based on latest infection figures. Gillian Brydson, Chief Education Officer at Dumfries and Galloway Council, has pledged to write to parents before the weekend about the school situation. Tourism secretary Fergus Ewing has previously promised a campaign to reassure areas with low infection rates that the return of tourism is safe. For more on the Covid-19 figures see: https://www.gov.scot/publications/coronavirus-covid-19-daily-data-for-scotland/ For more on the changes outlined by the Scottish Government roadmap see: https://www.gov.scot

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