Nicola Sturgeon news briefing RECAP: Today’s Covid-19 updates from Scotland

Updates on Covid-19 in Scotland.

By Gary Flockhart
Wednesday, 9th September 2020, 7:24 am
Updated Wednesday, 9th September 2020, 1:21 pm

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Coronavirus in Scotland: The latest updates on Wednesday

Last updated: Thursday, 10 September, 2020, 11:22

  • 159 new coronavirus cases in Scotland in past 24 hours
  • 63 of new confirmed cases in Greater Glasgow and Clyde area
  • New cases reported again in all mainland healthboard areas

9,864 new Covid-19 cases in England in a week

A total of 9,864 new people tested positive for Covid-19 in England in the week to September 2, according to the latest Test and Trace figures.

This is an increase of 43% in positive cases on the previous week, and is the highest weekly number since Test and Trace was launched at the end of May.

Nicola Sturgeon news briefing LIVE: Conor Matchett from The Scotsman asks about plans on furlough, given there is "no clear movement" from the UK government following calls to extend the job retention scheme. Ms Sturgeon replies: "I don't have an alternative to furlough."

Nicola Sturgeon news briefing LIVE: First Minister was clear she was not suggesting the “increase in cases we are seeing is anyone’s fault”, saying that this “absolutely is not” the case.

Nicola Sturgeon news briefing LIVE: “We all need to think about our own behaviour. I know how hard it must be to hear this after six months – I certainly take no pleasure in saying it after six months – but letting our guard down does allow the virus to spread.”

Nicola Sturgeon news briefing LIVE: “We had always known that opening up the economy and society again, which we have to try to do for obvious reasons, gives the virus more chance to spread.”

Nicola Sturgeon news briefing LIVE: “It is not an exaggeration to say Scotland is currently at a very dangerous point, so too is the UK as a whole and many other countries from across the world.

Nicola Sturgeon news briefing LIVE: Asked if she should phone Matt Hancock and create the same rules and guidance on either side of the border, First Minister replies: “Look, we’ll make the decisions we think are right for Scotland.”

Nicola Sturgeon news briefing LIVE:

Nicola Sturgeon made a fresh plea for the UK Government to continue its job retention scheme.

The plea came as a new report from the Royal Bank of Scotland found that recruitment for new jobs was still declining, with demand for permanent staff falling in every sector of the economy apart from IT.

Ms Sturgeon said the report “demonstrates the ongoing need for exceptional support for businesses during what are, after all, exceptional times”.

The First Minister, speaking at her daily coronavirus briefing, said if the furlough scheme ends in October, as currently planned, it “will put many jobs at risk”.

She added: “By removing an important source of economic support for businesses, it would narrow the options available to us in controlling the spread of the virus in the next few months.

“The bottom line here, unfortunately, is this pandemic will not end next month, so it stands to reason the economic impact of the pandemic will not end next month either, so we continue to urge the UK Government to maintain support for jobs and employment for as long as that is needed.”

Nicola Sturgeon news briefing LIVE: The First Minister said if the furlough scheme ends in October it “will put many jobs at risk”.

Nicola Sturgeon news briefing LIVE: ‘No time for complacency’

Nicola Sturgeon said new cases of Covid-19 were being reported again in all mainland healthboard areas.

The First Minister added that the average number of new cases over the past seven days increased to 155 a day, up from 52 three weeks ago.

“We have seen roughly a trebling of daily cases over that period,” she said.

Meanwhile the latest statistics from the National Records of Scotland showed that up until Sunday September 6, there had been 4,231 deaths where coronavirus was either confirmed or suspected as a contributing factor.

That included just two deaths in the most recent week, Ms Sturgeon said.

She added: “For the first time since the start of the pandemic there were no Covid deaths registered at all last week.”

She said this was “positive news” but was “not a cause for complacency”.

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