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Coronavirus map LIVE: Birmingham lockdown imposed as national R rate surges to 1.7

3.45pm update: Sturgeon says Scots could be working from hoime for ‘some time’

First Minister Nicola Sturgeon said: “Working from home remains the default position and I think we have to be prepared for that being for some time.

“It comes down to these trade-offs, there is only so much interaction with each other we can absorb without allowing the virus to run out of control, even with Test and Protect and the app.

“It’s about how do we allow the things that really matter, like kids in school, to go ahead without overwhelming ourselves to the point where we have to go back to everything being closed down.”

She accepted the situation is “really difficult” for companies, but said business leaders “understand the reasons why we are where we are”.

3.10pm update: Manchester council leader issues ‘full lockdown’ warning

Sir Richard Leese, leader of Manchester City Council, said: “Over the past few months guidance has been confusing and I appreciate the frustration that many people must have felt.

“But there can be no confusion about what the end result will be if the number of Covid-19 cases do not start to go down – a full lockdown in Manchester.

“I am determined that we will avoid this, but this can only be achieved through the actions of every resident, business and community.

“This is our Manchester, and as a city we will always pull together in times of crisis.”

In Manchester, a ban on two households mixing indoors is currently in place after the weekly infection rate increased to 71.6 per 100,000 people.

2.45pm update: Netherlands’ cases continue to surge with 1,270 new infections reported

Dutch authorities have reported 1,270 new confirmed coronavirus cases in the country – close to previous record highs set in early April.

On Wednesday, regional health authorities said the Netherlands’ testing capicity is now stretched to its limies.

Just 24 hours earlier, the National Institute for Health (RIVM) warned cases had risen by 50 percent from the week before.

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