Another death linked to coronavirus has been confirmed in Scotland.

The number in Ayrshire has been revised from seven to six, and no reason has been given as of yet.

Across Scotland the total number of patients suffering from COVID-19 is now 195, according to official figures.

Two people have died having become infected.

The updated numbers follow new advice from the UK and Scottish Governments to avoid non-essential travel and social interaction.

First Minister Nicola Sturgeon said: “We need your help to slow the spread of the infection.

"That is why we are advising everyone in Scotland to restrict their social contact and to stay at home as much as possible.

"We are strongly advising those who are over 70 or have an underlying health condition to stay at home."

There are reports across Ayrshire of a drop in attendance at schools.

Southcraig School in Ayr has been deep cleaned as a precaution.

A South Ayrshire Council spokesman said the move was just a “precaution” and “nobody had contracted coronavirus” related to the school.

Ayrshire College campuses in Ayr and Kilwinning have suspended all face-to-face teaching taking effect from Friday.

The Scottish Grand National, due to take place in Ayr, has been cancelled.

And all forthcoming jury trials at Ayr and Kilmarnock Sheriff Courts have been postponed.

For those under the age of 70, underlying health conditions refers to all those eligible for the flu vaccine.

The Scottish Government have said those who have compromised immune systems will be contacted with specific advice in the coming days.

Health Secretary Jeane Freeman began updating the Scottish Parliament today on the Scottish Government’s plans to build up and scale up capacity in Scotland’s NHS.