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Scottish Government to launch FACTS coronavirus public awareness campaign

© Fraser Bremner/Scottish Daily Mail/PA WireFirst Minister Nicola Sturgeon
First Minister Nicola Sturgeon

Nicola Sturgeon has introduced a new public awareness campaign on coronavirus as Scotland moves into phase two of the road map out of lockdown.

The Scottish Government’s messaging has changed from a simple “Stay at home” to “Stay safe, Protect others, Save lives” to reflect the changes.

And that will be accompanied by the acronym FACTS, to remind people of how they can keep safe going forward.


Face coverings in enclosed spaces

Avoid crowded places

Clean your hands and surfaces regularly

Two-metre distancing

Self-isolate if you have symptoms


Professor Jason Leitch will front a TV campaign to explain FACTS, with Scots urged to remain careful despite restrictions being eased.

Ms Sturgeon recapped the latest changes made to lockdown in Scotland at her media briefing on Friday afternoon.

She announced on Thursday the country was moving to the second phase of a four-part plan for lifting the restrictions.

While she stressed the “virus hasn’t gone away”, she added: “There is no doubt the virus in Scotland is now firmly in retreat.

“That is why the changes to the rules and the guidance I announced yesterday, though significant, were also careful, because we know we have to keep the virus in retreat.”

A total of 2,470 patients have died in Scotland after testing positive for coronavirus, up by six from 2,464 on Thursday, Ms Sturgeon said.

The First Minister said 18,104 people have tested positive for the virus in Scotland, up by 27 from 18,077 the previous day.

There are 904 people in hospital with confirmed or suspected Covid-19, a decrease of 25 in 24 hours.

Of these patients, 19 were in intensive care, down by four.