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Coronavirus in Scotland LIVE: The latest updates on Friday
Last updated: Friday, 30 October, 2020, 12:31
- Face coverings mandatory for teachers and senior pupils in Level 3 areas
- 28 Covid deaths in Scotland reported on Friday
- 1,281 new cases of coronavirus reported
- BA owner records £5.1bn loss due to Covid-19
Coronavirus cases in England continue ‘to rise steeply’
Cases of coronavirus in England have jumped 47% in one week, according to new data.
The Office for National Statistics (ONS) infection survey found cases “continued to rise steeply”, with an average of 51,900 new cases per day of Covid-19 in private homes between October 17 and 23.
This is up 47% from 35,200 new cases per day for the period from October 10 to 16, according to the ONS estimates.
Overall, around one in 100 people had Covid-19 over the course of the latest week.
John Swinney: Keeping schools and childcare open is highest priority
John Swinney spoke about new guidance for schools on dealing with coronavirus – which will require senior pupils and teachers in parts of Scotland to wear face coverings inside classrooms.
This will apply from Monday in parts of Scotland which have been placed in Level 3 in the new five-tier system of restrictions.
Speaking at the daily coronavirus briefing, the Deputy First Minister said the Scottish Government had asked for updated advice on schools and childcare.
He said: “Keeping schools and childcare open is of the highest priority to the Scottish Government.
“I understand this is frustrating for other sectors who are having to close temporarily or to face restrictions, but I want to be pretty straightforward about the choice we have made here.
“Bluntly, if we are to successfully suppress the virus and save lives, we cannot open up every sector and keep schools open at the same time. That is the hard choice we face and we have chosen to put schools and childcare first.
“We have done that because we know that closing schools increases inequality and potentially causes long-term harm to children and we are determined to avoid doing that.”
Fire hits coronavirus intensive care ward
An investigation is under way after a fire inside a hospital’s Covid-19 intensive care ward.
Three fire engines attended University Hospital Hairmyres in East Kilbride, South Lanarkshire, after the alarm was raised at 9.45pm on Thursday.
NHS Lanarkshire said the 13 patients in ward one where the fire started, which is a coronavirus intensive treatment unit, and from the adjacent wards were moved to other parts of the hospital.
Firefighters extinguished the blaze, which was on the first floor of the building, and left the scene after making it safe.
NHS Lanarkshire said emergency patients are currently being diverted to the most appropriate hospitals due to the damage and disruption caused by the fire.
There are no reports of any injuries.
Coronavirus in Scotland: 28 deaths registered as country sees more than 1,000 new cases in 24 hours
A total of 28 deaths have been recorded in the last 24 hours as Scotland sees 1,281 new cases since yesterday.
Coronavirus in Scotland: 194 new cases in Lothians as country registers 28 deaths in 24 hours
A total of 194 people have tested positive in the Lothians in the last 24 hours as Scotland records 28 new deaths.
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28 further Covid deaths in Scotland
Scotland has recorded 28 deaths from coronavirus and 1,281 positive tests in the past 24 hours, John Swinney said.
The Deputy First Minister said the death toll under this measure – of people who first tested positive for the virus within the previous 28 days – has risen to 2,819.
Mr Swinney said 62,812 people have now tested positive in Scotland, up from 61,531 the previous day.
The daily test positivity rate is 6%, down from 7.1% on the previous day.
Of the new cases, 496 are in Greater Glasgow and Clyde, 258 in Lanarkshire, 194 in Lothian, and 89 in Tayside.
There are 1,170 people in hospital confirmed to have the virus, up by 18 in 24 hours.
Of these patients, 83 are in intensive care, a decrease of three.