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Gatherings of more than 500 people should be cancelled from next week, the Scottish government is advising.
First Minister Nicola Sturgeon said this was to free up emergency services, including police and ambulance crews, to deal with coronavirus.
She said it was not necessary to close schools and universities yet, but added that would remain under review.
There have now been 60 cases confirmed in Scotland – a rise of 24 from Wednesday.
NHS Lothian has the highest number of cases with 11. NHS Greater Glasgow and Clyde has 10.
During First Minister’s Questions on Thursday, Ms Sturgeon said the scientific advice suggested that cancelling mass gatherings “will not in itself have a significant impact on reducing the spread of the virus”.
However, she explained the primary reason for the move was to reduce pressure on frontline workers.