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Nicola Sturgeon rebels from No10 as she warns 'we won't threaten people back into office'

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Nicola Sturgeon insisted there are still concerns that the return of workers to the workplace could result in a new surge of coronavirus cases. The First Minister warned the Scottish Government must be “very mindful of the cumulative impact forcing people to head back to the office could have on both the transport network and the public health system. The comments came hours after Transport Secretary Grant Shapps insisted “it is safe now” to end the work from home strategy in place since the start of the lockdown and head back to the workplace.

Ms Sturgeon said: “Our judgement so far has been, and remember I’ve said it often in the past, we have to look at individual decisions.

“But we have to be very mindful of the cumulative impact of everything we’re doing.

“The numbers involved, if we simply get back to everybody going back to offices or call centres as normal, and the pressure on our public transport system and the physical distancing would create, right now, too high a risk of the virus spreading very quickly.

“That would then compromise our route out of lockdown, perhaps take us backwards and it would also significantly compromise the ability to keep schools safely open.”

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During her daily coronavirus update, the First Minister also announced no new COVID-19-related deaths have been recorded in the past 24 hours.

Over 2,490 Scots have died across the nation Scotland after testing positive for coronavirus.

Ms Sturgeon said a total of 20,107 people have so far tested positive for COVID-19 in Scotland, up by 51 from 20,056 the day before.

Two of these new cases are in the Grampian health board area, 14 in Greater Glasgow and Clyde, three in Lanarkshire and 10 in Tayside.

There are 255 people in hospital with confirmed or suspected Covid-19, a decrease of two in 24 hours.

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