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In addition to the virtual first minister’s questions, which started last Thursday, the Scottish parliament’s presiding officer, Ken Macintosh, has just announced a new virtual members’ question time this Friday, where up to 19 MSPs will have the chance to put questions to four cabinet secretaries most deeply involved in the Covid-19 response, including the health secretary, Jeane Freeman.
Mackintosh said that Holyrood’s governing body was continuing to discuss arrangements for chamber and committee business in the coming weeks:
I know that members share my view that we must strike a balance between enabling our parliament to continue to function effectively during this uncertain and difficult time, while ensuring we don’t put others at undue risk. In exploring new technologies and extending virtual scrutiny arrangements to more and more members and to different formats, I believe we can successfully strike that balance.
The Department of Health and Social Care has announced that 778 people have died across the UK after contracting coronavirus in the past 24 hours.
As of 5pm on 13 April, of those treated in hospital in the UK who tested positive for coronavirus, 12,107 have died.
As of 9am 14 April, 382,650 tests have concluded, with 14,982 tests on 13 April.
302,599 people have been tested of which 93,873 tested positive.
As of 5pm on 13 April, of those hospitalised in the UK who tested positive for coronavirus, 12,107 have sadly died. pic.twitter.com/xK3AdMiVZC