The Chief Medical Officer for Scotland has warned that in the worst case scenario, up to 80 per cent of the population could be infected with coronavirus.
Our science correspondent Thomas Moore looks at how dangerous it could be and who is most at risk.
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In This Story: Scotland
Scotland is a country in Western Europe which forms part of the United Kingdom. Its government was joined with that of England’s through the 1707 Acts of Union. A devolved government now administers many of the affairs of the country, though ultimate authority still resides with Westminster. Scotland has a distinct legal system and national sporting associations. 5.2 million people live in Scotland and the largest city in the country is Glasgow, though the capital is Edinburgh where the government sits at the Scottish Parliament opposite Holyrood Palace.