LiveCoronavirus in Scotland RECAP: 1,297 new positive cases along with seven additional deaths
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The First Minister has announced that a tiered system of restrictions will be introduced in Scotland once the current temporary restrictions around bars, pubs and restaurants are lifted.
At her daily press briefing, Ms Sturgeon said that they intended to work as closely with the other UK Governments, though specific public health concerns will be specific to the devolved nations.
On Tuesday, 1,297 people have tested positive, 537 patients are in hospital and seven people have died from the virus.
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Coronavirus in Scotland LIVE: Follow here for all Tuesday’s updates
Last updated: Tuesday, 13 October, 2020, 15:30
- 1,297 new positive cases in the last 24 hours, and seven additional deaths
- 500 grant for low income workers self isolating
- Another Covid death has been reported at the Western General hospital.
- Nicola Sturgeon urges people to ‘cut others some slack’ as Covid is ‘here to stay’.
- A three tier system will be introduced in Scotland in a few weeks.
Cristiano Ronaldo tests positive for Covid-19
Juventus forward Cristiano Ronaldo has tested positive for coronavirus, the Portuguese Football Federation has confirmed.
The 35-year-old is said to be “doing well, without symptoms, and in isolation”, with no further positive tests reported in the squad ahead of Wednesday’s Nations League match against Sweden.
The PFF confirmed in a statement: “Following the positive case, the remaining players underwent new tests this Tuesday morning, all with a negative result, and are available to Fernando Santos for training this afternoon, in Cidade do Futebol.
“The game (against Sweden), counting for the qualification phase of the Nations League, is scheduled for Wednesday, at 19:45, in Alvalade.”
BGT Christmas special halted after crew members test positive for coronavirus
Filming on a Britain’s Got Talent Christmas special has been halted after crew members tested positive for coronavirus.
Production on the festive edition of the talent show has now been postponed after at least three crew members tested positive before the first day of filming.
A Britain’s Got Talent spokeswoman said: “As a result of a positive Covid-19 result received yesterday we have implemented our protocols and a number of crew members are self-isolating at home.
“As a result, we are unable to continue filming our BGT Christmas Special today and have taken the decision to postpone.
“The safety of all those involved in the show is our number one priority and we follow extensive Covid-19 related procedures to adhere to all government guidelines.”
New time-limited national lockdown should be ‘last resort’, says WHO envoy
Dr David Nabarro, the World Health Organisation special envoy on Covid-19, has said a new time-limited, national lockdown to stem the spread of the disease should only be considered as a “last resort”.
Documents released on Monday showed the Government’s Scientific Group for Emergencies (Sage) recommended a so-called “circuit-breaker” in September.
However Dr Nabarro told BBC Radio 4’s The World At One: “I can understand why the scientific community is saying ‘This is scary, the only way to deal with this is some kind of time-limited widespread movement restrictions’.
“These kinds of decisions represent what we would call the last resort in trying to control this virus. We ask every government to look at every possible option to avoid these major restrictions on people’s economic and social activity.
“Our reason for this is simply we are also seeing so many side-effects of these total lockdowns in different parts of the world.
“Even though the UK is a relatively prosperous country there are people whose lives are really badly affected by these lockdowns.”
£500 grant for low income workers self isolating
Social Security Secretary Shirley-Anne Somerville addressed the new self-isolation payment, which will be put in place this week.
The £500 benefit is aimed at ensuring those on low incomes will be able to self-isolate without endangering their own financial wellbeing.
The fund, which is being operated by local authorities, opened for applications on Monday, with payments able to be backdated to September 28 for those previously asked to self-isolate.
Ms Somerville said: “It’s vital that we stop the chain of transmission by complying with the requirement to self-isolate.”
The Social Security Secretary also announced a new service to help those who are self-isolating, with a focus on those identified as most in need of support, such as the elderly, people who are shielding and those in low-income households.
Circuit break lockdown ‘firmly rooted in scientific advice’, Nicola Sturgeon says
The “circuit break” lockdown put in place in Scotland last week is “firmly rooted in scientific advice”, Nicola Sturgeon has said.
Pointing to guidance published by Sage on Monday night, which showed advisers saying that a short lockdown should be brought in to stem the spread of the virus, the First Minister said: “We’re trying to strike a careful balance but also to make sure that we are doing what is needed to protect the NHS and save lives.”
Last week, the First Minister announced strict measures on hospitality businesses, particularly in the central belt of the country, for just over two weeks, to reduce the number of places where people are meeting and therefore reduce the spread of the virus.
First Minister calls for solidarity for those asked to self-isolate
Speaking at the coronavirus briefing in Edinburgh, Nicola Sturgeon said: “We should all think about if we can help somebody else if they have to self-isolate.
“If you haven’t done this already, now is the time to be able to speak to friends, family or neighbours to make sure that you have a way of getting in touch with each other if you need to.
“One of the things that we’ve seen throughout this pandemic is the extent to which people have reached out to help their loved ones, their neighbours and their wider communities.
“Self-isolation over these next few months is going to be a really important way in which we can all show that sense of solidarity and help to break the chains of transmission.”
Nicola Sturgeon: The most important thing to support the economy is to keep coronavirus at bay.
Speaking at the coronavirus briefing in Edinburgh, the First Minister said: “This can’t be seen as a contest between health and the economy.
“Keeping people safe from a potentially deadly virus is a pre-requisite of a strong economy and of course in turn, a strong economy is vital for our health and wellbeing.”
She added: “These are not opposing objectives, even if it sometimes feels like they are – they are instead two sides of the same coin.”
Nicola Sturgeon says new labour market statistics are ‘concerning'
Addressing the labour market statistics published on Tuesday, First Minister Nicola Sturgeon said they were “concerning”.
According to the new figures, published by the ONS, the unemployment rate north of the border remained at 4.5%.
Ms Sturgeon said that the figures would be much worse had there not been support in place from the Scottish and UK governments.
She added: “The UK Government’s Job Retention Scheme in particular has been really important and of course we still have concerns that the replacement for that scheme which will take effect at the start of November is not comprehensive enough.
“That could lead to a significant rise in unemployment, including in jobs in sectors that, while they may be struggling through Covid, have a good long future.
“The Scottish Government will of course continue to make that case to the UK Government, but just as importantly, we will also continue to provide our own support whenever we have the powers and resources to do so.”
Louisa Jordan lease has been extended - there is no plan to decommission the hospital.
These are the 12 areas of Edinburgh that recorded the highest numbers of positive Covid-19 tests in the last 7 days
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FM: “I am concerned about the situation that we are in right now”
FM: Chosen to act early and taken criticism for it - especially around hospitality.
FM has said she believes this is the right thing to do.
A new self isolation grant is available - application through local council.
FM: Against this virus we often have to be tough - half measures won’t work.
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