Five new cases of coronavirus have been confirmed in Scotland, bringing the total to 11.

The Scottish government said two of the new Covid-19 cases were in Fife, with one each in the Grampian, Forth Valley and Lothian health board areas.

The first Scottish case of the virus was confirmed in Tayside on Sunday.

The country’s chief medical officer has previously warned that there could be a “rapid rise” in the number of cases in the coming days.

Dr Catherine Calderwood also said Scotland remained “very much” in the containment phase of its response to the outbreak, and urged people to continue to follow basic hygiene advice and – crucially – wash their hands for 20 seconds.

Asked about the potential impact on major events, Dr Calderwood said: “The emerging scientific advice is that large-scale gatherings, particularly those in the open air probably don’t make a big impact on the transmission of the virus in the community.

“We have the rugby at Murrayfield, Scotland v France, going ahead this weekend and I am absolutely sure that that is the right thing to do.”

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Coronavirus in Scotland

Health boardConfirmed cases
Tayside1
Ayrshire & Arran1
Forth Valley2
Greater Glasgw & Clyde1
Grampian3
Fife2
Lothian1

Source: Scottish government

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