Coronavirus in Scotland RECAP: 54 further deaths and 1,264 new cases of Covid-19 in Scotland

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Coronavirus in Scotland LIVE: The latest updates on Wednesday

Last updated: Wednesday, 18 November, 2020, 12:34

  • Scottish retail sales ‘slip to weakest performance since end of lockdown’
  • Measures ‘tough but necessary’, says Nicola Sturgeon
  • 54 new Covid deaths in Scotland reported on Wednesday
  • FM confirms 1,264 new cases of coronavirus
  • NRS figures show over 5,000 Covid deaths in Scotland

Puppy farm increase during pandemic highlighted in new campaign

A new campaign has been launched in a bid to ensure potential puppy owners in Scotland avoid illegal dealers which have increased in number during the pandemic.

The #LookBeyondCute campaign comes after the Scottish SPCA launched 78 investigations into reports of puppy farming last month alone, with staff fearing Christmas will fuel demand.

Many illegally bred puppies are sold online through social media or small ad sites, according to the animal welfare charity, who also suggest two in five (40%) pups bought online die before their fifth birthday and 15% get sick or die in the first year.

The Scottish Government’s Rural Affairs Minister Mairi Gougeon helped launched the campaign on Wednesday which focuses on three key “Pup Checks”.

Scottish retail sales ‘slip to weakest performance since end of lockdown’

Sales for the retail sector in Scotland have slipped to the weakest performance since lockdown ended in June, according to experts.

Figures in the latest Scottish Retail Consortium (SRC)-KPMG Scottish Retail Sales Monitor indicate total sales were down 8.5% last month compared to October 2019 when they had decreased by just 0.4%.

Total food sales increased 4.4% in October 2020 (compared to just 2.6% in the same month last year) which was the highest growth since March when figures were said to have been inflated by stockpiling – while total non-food sales also decreased by 19.3%.

It comes after total sales were down 6% in September, 7.5% in August, 8.3% in July and 18.6% in June.

The figure for May was 27.6% – an improvement on the record low recorded in April (32.2%) but still higher than the 13% fall in March.

Restrictions in Scotland by local authority

Scotland tier levels final

A Flourish data visualisation by Harriet Clugston

More people looking for new jobs, study suggests

The number of people looking for new jobs has increased in the past six months as workers have gained new skills during the virus crisis, while many have not felt valued by their employer, a new study suggests.

A survey of 2,000 people by recruitment firm Reed found that employer behaviour and new skills are driving more people to look for a career move than before lockdown.

Reasons for looking for a new job included wanting a better work-life balance, not feeling valued, re-evaluating priorities and learning valuable skills that could get them a better job.

Reed said its research indicated that almost one in three people had been looking for a job for at least three months, while one in four have applied for at least 50 jobs since becoming unemployed.

Baroness Harding told to self-isolate by the Test and Trace app

Baroness Harding, who heads the NHS Test and Trace service, is self-isolating after receiving an alert from her service.

The Tory peer posted an image of the “you need to self-isolate” app notification, and wrote: “Nothing like personal experience of your own products …. got this overnight. Feeling well. Many hours of Zoom ahead.”

Lady Harding’s husband, Tory MP John Penrose, has previously been told to self-isolate by the Test and Trace app after potentially coming into contact with someone who has coronavirus.

Pandemic cycling boom drives Halfords to higher profits

A surge in demand for bikes and cycling equipment during lockdown has helped to drive Halfords to higher profits for the past six months.

Halfords revealed that its pre-tax profits doubled to £55 million for the six months to October 2 as it continued its strong trading through 2020.

Group sales jumped by 9.6% to £638 million over the period, as higher bicycle sales helped to offset a softer market for motoring accessories.

The company said that cycling-related sales across its 440 stores were 54.4% higher than the same period last year, as guidance for people to avoid public transport drove demand for new bikes.

It said it also saw a spike in demand for electric bikes and scooters, with sales from its “e-mobility” division increasing by 184%.

Mass testing population of Glasgow ‘a possibility’ says council leader


Coronavirus in Scotland: Mass testing population of Glasgow 'a possibility' says council leader

Coronavirus tests could be offered to everyone across Glasgow in a mass testing scheme similar to the one operating in Liverpool, the council leader has said.

Scientists hope trial drug will help ‘kill off’ Covid-19 in patients

A new clinical trial for a potential early treatment of Covid-19 has been launched in Scotland, which researchers hope may help “kill off” the virus in affected patients.

More than 300 coronavirus patients will be invited to join the research study into the effectiveness of the antiviral drug favipiravir.

NHS Greater Glasgow and Clyde is the first place in Scotland to have access to the Japanese-manufactured drug, which inhibits viral RNA, helping to stop the virus from replicating.

The health board said it has shown early promise in China and Japan, appearing to alleviate some symptoms.

The joint study between the health board and the University of Glasgow, named Glasgow Early Treatment Arm Favipiravir (Getafix), will assess the drug’s effectiveness in stopping symptoms and reducing recovery time.

Professor Rob Jones, chief investigator of the study and director of the Cancer Research UK Clinical Trials Unit in Glasgow, which is organising the trial, said: “Covid-19 as a disease few of us had even heard of before the spring.

“Although hopes are high ongoing vaccine trials will help prevent infection, this trial aims to improve current treatment for those unlucky enough to contract it.

New coronavirus laws on travel send ‘clear signal’ to public, says Swinney

Scotland’s Deputy First Minister has said it is “very, very unlikely” people will be stopped by police under new coronavirus travel restrictions but the new measures will send a “clear signal” to the public.

The new legally enforceable measures will prevent people in Level 3 and Level 4 of Scotland’s five-tier system from going outside of their local authority area for non-essential journeys from Friday.

John Swinney said those caught breaching the travel restrictions could be given a fixed penalty notice.

He stressed people travelling between council areas for essential journeys – such as a hospital appointment – will not have to show paperwork to support this if they are stopped.

A total of 5,135 people have died in Scotland with confirmed or suspected coronavirus, according to the National Records of Scotland (NRS).

In the past 24 hours there have been an additional 54 deaths of people who had tested positive for coronavirus in the past 28 days

54 further Covid-19 deaths and 1,264 new cases in Scotland

Scotland has recorded 54 deaths from coronavirus and 1,264 positive tests in the past 24 hours, Nicola Sturgeon said.

The First Minister said the death toll under this measure – of people who first tested positive for the virus within the previous 28 days – has risen to 3,377.

The figures are lower than the 5,135 deaths given earlier by the National Records of Scotland as they do not include suspected and probable coronavirus infections.

Ms Sturgeon said the daily test positivity rate is 6.7%, down from 8.3% on the previous day.

A total of 84,523 people have now tested positive in Scotland, up from 83,259.

Of the new cases, 420 are in Greater Glasgow and Clyde, 312 in Lanarkshire, 141 in Lothian.

There are 1,241 people in hospital confirmed to have the virus, down by nine in 24 hours.

Of these patients, 88 are in intensive care, down by seven.

Measures ‘tough but necessary’, says Sturgeon

Addressing the decision to put 11 local authority areas into the toughest levels of restrictions, Nicola Sturgeon described the measures as “tough” but “necessary”.

Areas in the central belt of the country were moved from Level 3 to Level 4 on Tuesday, with the restrictions coming into effect on Friday.

Non-essential shops and hospitality have been forced to close in these areas for the next three weeks.

Ms Sturgeon reiterated the decision was made to tackle the spread and the number of deaths from Covid-19, as well as to ensure that hospitals do not become overwhelmed and to increase the chances of families being able to meet at Christmas.

Nicola Sturgeon says the figures she has reported today - 54 deaths and 1,264 new cases - are “obviously really grim and distressing”.

Latest NRS figures show 5,135 Scots have died from Covid-19

A total of 5,135 people have died in Scotland with confirmed or suspected coronavirus, according to the National Records of Scotland (NRS).

The figures show 278 deaths relating to Covid-19 were registered between November 9 and 15, up 71 from the previous week

Of these, 198 were in hospital, 72 in care homes and eight at home or in a non-institutional setting.

There were 105 deaths in Greater Glasgow and Clyde, 63 in Lanarkshire and 31 in Lothian.

The statistics are published weekly and account for all deaths registered in Scotland where Covid-19 was mentioned on the death certificate.

They differ from the lab-confirmed coronavirus deaths announced daily by the Scottish Government because the NRS figures include suspected or probable cases of Covid-19.

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