Covid Scotland: When is Nicola Sturgeon's update today? What will she say? How can I watch?

Nicola Sturgeon is set to give an update to MSPs on the Covid-19 situation in Scotland on Tuesday.

Tuesday, 5th October 2021, 12:43 pm

The latest statement from Scotland’s First Minister comes as the Scottish Police Federation revealed injured people are having to be taken to hospital by police officers because of the crisis faced by the ambulance service.

The trade union said it knows of approximately 30 cases in recent months where patients were driven to hospital in police cars because of a lack of available ambulances or long waits for paramedics.

The Scottish Ambulance Service has denied the claims.

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Nicola Sturgeon is set to update MSPs on the Covid-19 situation in Scotland on Tuesday.

As always, Ms Sturgeon will emphasise the importance of following basic guidelines such as wearing face masks and washing your hands in an attempt to curve the rising case numbers.

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Here is everything you need to know about today’s update.

What are the latest case numbers?

The latest Scottish Government figures, published on Monday, showed Scotland had recorded 1,760 new coronavirus cases in the previous 24 hours.

No deaths were recorded in the same period, but most registry offices are closed at the weekend.

The Scottish Government’s daily figures on Monday indicated there were 19,959 new tests, of which 9.4% were positive, up from 7.7% the previous day.

A total of 1,001 people were in hospital with recently confirmed Covid-19, up six in 24 hours, of whom 71 were in intensive care, down four.

The daily figures also showed 4,217,940 people had received their first dose of a Covid-19 vaccination and 3,847,118 had received their second dose.

What will the First Minister say?

Ms Sturgeon is expected to begin Tuesday’s briefing by announcing the latest coronavirus figures and giving a general update on whether the numbers are continuing to drop.

It is likely the First Minister will also discuss the rollout of Scotland’s new vaccine passport app.

Aimed at allowing people to prove their vaccination status, it was launched on Thursday but users encountered problems that left thousands unable to make it work.

Proof of being double vaccinated or an exemption is now required to gain entry to nightclubs and large events, although there is a “grace period” on enforcement for another two weeks after industry backlash to the plans.

On Monday, Deputy First Minister John Swinney suggested the app is now working as intended for most people despite the problems that emerged during the first few days, with work ongoing to fix other issues.

What time is the announcement?

The latest Covid-19 briefing is expected to take place around 2.20pm, however times may change.

How can I watch it?

The announcement will be broadcast on Scottish Parliament TV.

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