Nicola Sturgeon announcement RECAP: First Minister give covid briefing as cases soar | Controversial Manchester travel ban lifted after Andy Burnham row | Humza Yousaf blames Euro 2020 football fans for covid spike

Live updates on Covid-19 from Scotland, the UK, and around the world.

By Katharine Hay and Rachel Mackie
Tuesday, 29th June 2021, 3:47 pm
Nicola Sturgeon, the First Minister of Scotland.
Nicola Sturgeon, the First Minister of Scotland.

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Covid Scotland LIVE: Nicola Sturgeon to make coronavirus announcement as cases soar | Humza Yousaf says football fans could be to blame for increase | Hong Kong latest location to ban UK travellers

Last updated: Tuesday, 29 June, 2021, 15:27

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FM wishes Andy Murray luck at Wimbledon.

Reminds people of the rules for watching games in their home - 6 people.

FM: If cases continue to rise, we will see pressure on our NHS and our worry is that will set us back on the work being done to help the NHS catch up with backlog.

FM: Asks people to continue to follow the health advise.

FM: “Having come so far, let’s redouble our efforts... just to get there, and get there as safely as possible.”

FM: No vaccine gives 100% protection.

FM: There are still a lot of people who don’t have both doses of the vaccine.

FM: Not withstanding this increase in cases, we remain hopeful that restrictions will continue to be lifted in July and August, those these will be kept in review.

FM: This is a critical moment - can’t stress this enough.

Most new cases are in people under the age of 44.

Back in January, close to 13% of people who tested positive were admitted to hospital.

It is now at 3%.

More of those who are admitted are being discharged quite quickly.

Delta variant far more transmissible.

Vaccines breaking the link between cases and serious illness.

FM: We’re very much in a race jut now between the virus and the vaccines.

FM: We are very confident that the vaccines will ultimately win this race.

FM: If over the next few weeks, the virus gets ahead, we will see more hospitalisations and deaths.

FM: Virus running faster than it ever has done before.

FM: Confirms change in travel restrictions with Manchester, Bolton and Salford as there is no really a difference in case numbers.

FM: Faster increase than any other time this year in cases.

Number of reported cases higher than any other point in the pandemic.

Fundamental point of context - at the start of the year we were in stricter lockdown.

Far few restrictions in place now. Without vaccinations, the cases would be much higher.

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