Nicola Sturgeon LIVE: First Minister holds coronavirus briefing

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Coronavirus in Scotland LIVE: Monday, November 7, 2020

Last updated: Monday, 07 December, 2020, 13:05

  • John Swinney urged to ‘end uncertainty’ over Highers
  • Level 4 restrictions to be lifted on Friday
  • 1 new death reported in last 24 hours
  • 677 new cases of Covid-19 confirmed on Monday

Changes to care home visitor and new resident rules proposed

Care homes will be allowed to admit visitors and new residents earlier after a positive coronavirus test under new Scottish Government plans.

Previously, 28 days had to pass before people could be allowed into care homes, but Health Secretary Jeane Freeman has said that will now be reduced to 14 days, provided public health officials give the green light.

She told the coronavirus briefing in Edinburgh: “We hope that this provides further support to care home residents, to staff and to families, to return to closer visiting, safe visiting, and allow some of the issues that have been raised in the past inevitably as a result of what we had to do in the early stages of the pandemic to be positively addressed now.”

The move comes as a pilot of testing for visitors is due to start this week in 14 homes across the country ahead of a full rollout next week.

Level Four restrictions to be eased across Scotland

The toughest coronavirus restrictions in place in Scotland will be eased this week, First Minister Nicola Sturgeon has confirmed.

Speaking at the coronavirus briefing in Edinburgh, the First Minister clarified that the 11 local authorities in Level 4 will be moved to another level as planned.

Ms Sturgeon said the changes will be announced on Tuesday and come into effect on Friday, with the cabinet making a final decision in the next 24 hours as to what level each council is placed into.

She said: “Our decisions will be based on the trajectory of the virus in each local authority area, as well as the need to protect capacity in the NHS and we will also consider the social and economic harms that come from the restrictions.”

The First Minister added that the Scottish Government will continue to take a “cautious and careful approach” to changes to the levels.

Sturgeon on vaccine supplies

Supplies of the Covid-19 vaccine arriving in Scotland is “positive news”, Nicola Sturgeon has said.

The jab arrived in Scotland over the weekend ahead of the beginning of plans to inoculate the most vulnerable in the country this week.

Ms Sturgeon said there will be logistical problems with distributing doses of the vaccine.

She said: “This is obviously extremely positive news.

“As we’ve said before, the use of vaccination, in time, should enable all of us to return to conditions which are much, much more like normal life.

“But vaccination is a major logistical exercise and it will take time to work our way through the vaccination programme.”

The First Minister said there was still the need to be cautious over the festive period and continue to follow the restrictions.

Sturgeon confirms latest coronavirus figures

Scotland has recorded one death from coronavirus and 677 positive tests in the past 24 hours, Nicola Sturgeon said.

It brings the death toll under this measure – of people who first tested positive for the virus within the previous 28 days – to 3,917.

Ms Sturgeon said 100,783 people have now tested positive in Scotland, up from 100,106 the previous day.

The daily test positivity rate is 6.7%, up from 5.2% on the previous day.

Of the new cases, 178 are in Greater Glasgow and Clyde, 114 in Lothian and 103 in Lanarkshire.

There are 974 people in hospital confirmed to have the virus, up 23 in 24 hours.

Of these patients, 59 are in intensive care, down three.

FM: 677 new cases of coronavirus confirmed by tests

FM: 677 new cases of coronavirus confirmed by tests

FM confirms one new death from Covid-19

William and Kate meet frontline ambulance workers in Edinburgh

The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge thanked frontline workers from the Scottish Ambulance Service for their efforts during the coronavirus pandemic as they kicked off their country-wide tour.

William and Kate met the ambulance staff in Newbridge, near Edinburgh, during their first engagement after they set off on their 1,250-mile morale-boosting festive trip on the royal train.

It coincided with the announcement that the duke and duchess have become joint patrons of NHS Charities Together.

FM visits Edinburgh’s Western General

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