Coronavirus in Scotland RECAP: No changes to Covid-19 alert levels as 34 deaths and 754 new cases are registered

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Coronavirus in Scotland LIVE: The latest updates on Tuesday

Last updated: Tuesday, 01 December, 2020, 13:46

  • Sturgeon says there will be no "immediate" change to alert levels
  • 34 deaths registered in Scotland in last 24 hours
  • 754 people have tested positive for Covid-19
  • Callers worried about being lonely this Christmas, says Samaritans

Push for cross-party support to end homelessness

Thirty organisations have teamed up to call on political parties to get behind a 10-year plan to end homelessness.

The 30 groups, which include charities, experts and people with lived experience, are asking MSPs and candidates in next year’s Scottish Parliament elections to support a new route map.

Published by Everyone Home Collective, the group hopes all parties will support five key actions over two parliamentary terms: prioritising prevention; providing more homes; ending rough sleeping; no evictions into homelessness; and a systems change.

Maggie Brunjes, chief executive of Homeless Network Scotland, said: “Homelessness is not inevitable, or an unsolvable problem. The causes are predictable and we know who is most at risk – we can end homelessness in Scotland over two parliaments.

“Scotland already has a robust policy environment in place that we want to see strengthened and ramped up over the next decade to get everyone home.

“Sustaining the cross-party accord on tackling homelessness that underpins the current approach in Scotland, and continuing this into the next parliament and beyond, would provide consistency and stability.

“It would enable everyone to build on progress so far and complete the infrastructure that will consign homelessness to history.”

Callers worried about being lonely this Christmas, says Samaritans Scotland

Samaritans Scotland has said spending Christmas without loved ones is one of the biggest concerns among callers to its helpline.

The charity said in a survey of 1,439 volunteers, 27% of them handled calls from people worried about being separated from families and loved ones over the festive period.

In the survey, from August to October, 395 volunteers said they had talked to callers concerned about Christmas or the winter period.

Other callers were concerned about loved ones who were already feeling lonely as a result of restrictions, and the impact of colder weather and shorter days.

Volunteers also said people felt concerned about their financial situation, with many questioning if they will be able to pay bills and buy presents.

Samaritans is encouraging people to look out for those who may be feeling lonely this festive season.

Lewis Hamilton to miss Sakhir Grand Prix after testing positive for coronavirus

Lewis Hamilton will miss this weekend’s Sakhir Grand Prix in Bahrain after testing positive for coronavirus.

The seven-time Formula One world champion is in isolation after his positive result was announced on Tuesday morning.

An F1 statement said: “The FIA, Formula One and Mercedes Team can today confirm that during mandatory pre-race PRC testing for the Sakhir Grand Prix, Lewis Hamilton has tested positive for Covid-19.

“In accordance with Covid-19 protocols, he is now isolating. All contacts have been declared. The procedures set out by the FIA and Formula One will ensure no wider impact on this weekend’s event.”

Cabinet Office Minister Michael Gove said he considered a scotch egg to be a starter, after Environment Secretary George Eustice said the snack would constitute a “substantial meal”.

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Michael Gove said the Welsh Government lifted restrictions “too expansively” and that he was confident there will not be another lockdown in England.

Why there is no briefing on Tuesday, and how First Minister will update Scotland instead

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Why there is no lunchtime coronavirus briefing on Tuesday, and how First Minister will update Scotland instead

There will be no lunchtime coronavirus briefing from the First Minister on Tuesday, with Nicola Sturgeon instead due to give an afternoon update from Holyrood on where each local authority area in Scotland sits in the five-level system.

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Aberdeen and Aberdeenshire are expected to move to level three when Scotland’s Covid-19 alert levels are reviewed.

Latest Covid-19 figures for England released

North-west England had 629 deaths involving Covid-19 registered in the week ending November 20 – the highest number for the region since the week ending May 1, according to the ONS.

In Yorkshire and the Humber, 481 Covid-19 deaths were registered in the week to November 20: again, the highest for the region since the week to May 1.

Some 306 Covid-19 deaths were registered in the West Midlands, while 289 were registered in the East Midlands: in both cases, the highest since the week to May 15.

Deaths increased week-on-week in every region of England except Eastern England.

More than 74,500 deaths involving Covid-19 in the UK

More than 74,500 deaths involving Covid-19 have now occurred in the UK, new figures show.

A total of 71,719 deaths have so far been registered in the UK where Covid-19 was mentioned on the death certificate, according to the latest reports from the UK’s statistics agencies.

This includes 65,006 deaths in England and Wales up to November 20 (and registered up to November 28), which were confirmed by the ONS on Tuesday.

Since these statistics were compiled, a further 2,525 deaths are known to have occurred in England, plus 89 in Scotland, 132 in Wales and 64 in Northern Ireland, according to additional data published on the Government’s coronavirus dashboard.

Together, these totals mean that so far 74,529 deaths involving Covid-19 have taken place in the UK.

Why there is no briefing on Tuesday, and how First Minister will update Scotland instead

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Why there is no lunchtime coronavirus briefing on Tuesday, and how First Minister will update Scotland instead

There will be no lunchtime coronavirus briefing from the First Minister on Tuesday, with Nicola Sturgeon instead due to give an afternoon update from Holyrood on where each local authority area in Scotland sits in the five-level system.

Hospitality trade calls for ‘seat at the table’ to discuss Covid-19 measures

The hospitality trade needs a “seat at the table” when coronavirus restrictions are developed, MSPs have been told.

A group representing several large hospitality companies told Holyrood’s Economy Committee both operators and customers have been left confused by the different rules in Scotland’s tier-based system.

The Scottish Hospitality Group said some staff in Dumfries and Galloway have been subjected to a “torrent of abuse” from people who had travelled from the central belt only to find they could not be served in pubs or restaurants.

Stephen Montgomery, a spokesman for the group, said there have been similar cases in the Scottish Borders and other areas in Level 2.

Giving evidence to MSPs on Tuesday, he said: “We are faced with so many different tier systems that from one week we’re open, next week we’re not, we don’t know where we are.”

He said the Scottish Government should “give us a seat at the table and discuss the issues that they have and allow us to discuss the issues that we have”.

Mr Montgomery added: “There’s confusion from an operator point of view and from a customer point of view, which is more important.”

We’ll find out shortly if any part of Scotland will see a change in their local Covid restrictions. You can watch and follow Nicola Sturgeon’s statement right here

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