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Coronavirus in Scotland LIVE: The latest updates on Friday, January 8

Last updated: Friday, 08 January, 2021, 13:38

  • Third vaccine approved for use in UK
  • Places of worship close as latest coronavirus restrictions in Scotland continue
  • Scotland records 93 more coronavirus deaths in 24 hours
  • 2,309 more people have tested positive for Covid-19
  • Travellers must test negative for Covid to enter Scotland

London mayor Sadiq Khan said the situation in London is “now critical” with the spread of the virus “out of control”

Four in 10 adults in Britain formed a bubble to celebrate Christmas Day, figures suggest.

The reproduction number, or R value, of coronavirus transmission across the UK is between 1 and 1.4, the Government Office for Science and the Scientific Advisory Group for Emergencies (Sage) said.

Police in Wales stopped hundreds of cars and issued more than 300 fines to people breaching coronavirus rules over the festive period, First Minister Mark Drakeford has said.

Prime Minister Boris Johnson tweeted it was “excellent news” the Moderna vaccine had been approved for use.

Glasgow Film Festival to go virtual after lockdown restrictions introduced

The annual Glasgow Film Festival will take place virtually this year due to current lockdown restrictions, organisers have announced.

The festival had planned a hybrid approach, screening films at the Glasgow Film Theatre and at 23 partner cinemas across the UK, as well as streaming online.

But lockdown measures have forced cinemas to close.

In December, all of mainland Scotland was placed into Tier 4 – the highest level of coronavirus restrictions.

On Monday, additional measures were introduced until at least the end of January.

Cinemas can only open in Tiers 0-2 in Scotland (Tiers 1-2 in England), and festival organisers said they do not expect this to happen before events begin.

The festival will now take place online only from February 24 to March 7.

Plans to show in-cinema screenings will be reviewed if changes to restrictions allow cinemas to reopen.

Coronavirus in Scotland: highest ever daily death toll recorded as number of people in hospital exceeds peak last April

Highest ever coronavirus daily death figure recorded today as the number of people in hospital exceeds peak last April

Scotland has recorded 93 deaths in the last 24 hours which is the highest number of daily deaths ever recorded while also exceeding the peak seen last April, with 1,530 people in hospital today.

Nicola Sturgeon briefing LIVE

Police Scotland has issued more than 7,000 fixed penalty notices to people breaking coronavirus rules and made 550 arrests since the start of the pandemic, Chief Constable Iain Livingstone has revealed.

Speaking at the Scottish Government’s coronavirus briefing, Mr Livingstone also said officers have had more than 100,000 interactions with the public about complying with the restrictions, intervened at 350 business premises and closed 90 of them.

Stressing that the force will act in a “proportionate, reasonable and fair” manner, Mr Livingstone added: “Officers and staff overwhelmingly discharge these new responsibilities and duties with compassion, common sense; explaining the rules and helping people to do the right thing.

“But be assured, be very very clear, where officers encounter wilful and blatant offences, we will continue to act decisively to enforce the law as the public would expect.”

Police Scotland Chief Constable Iain Livingstone says he will “maximise the visible presence of policing” on streets

Nicola Sturgeon LIVE

In a message to potential victims of domestic abuse, Nicola Sturgeon also reiterated that the coronavirus restrictions would not prevent them “escaping” their home.

She told the coronavirus briefing: “We know that during a period of lockdown, there is a very real risk that those who are already experiencing domestic abuse will feel especially isolated and vulnerable.

“So I want to take this opportunity to emphasise a few really important points.

“Firstly, the lockdown restrictions do not prevent you from leaving your home if you are escaping domestic abuse or if you’re taking other measures to protect yourself.

“Secondly, Police Scotland will respond to every report of domestic abuse and they are continuing to treat this issue as a priority.”

Ms Sturgeon added: “Fundamentally, it’s unacceptable that for some people home is not the place of safety it should be.

“So for anyone who’s experiencing domestic abuse, I want you to know that services are still open and urge you to seek help.”

Trials of the Moderna coronavirus vaccine suggest it is 94% effective against Covid-19.

Nicola Sturgeon LIVE

Universities and colleges will not resume in-person teaching until at least the end of February, Nicola Sturgeon has announced.

The First Minister said: “I can confirm that the staggered return to term-time accommodation and studies for students, which had been planned for since the end of last term, will now be extended.

“For the vast majority of university students, learning and teaching will be online only until at least the end of February.

“And that means if you’re a student you should stay at home rather than travelling back to your campus or term-time accommodation.

“There will be exceptions to that in the very small number of cases where remote study is not possible – for example for a student nurse or a doctor on a practical placement.

“Any students who have remained on campus will be fully supported by their institution.

“However, the vast majority of university students should stay at home rather than travelling back to university and should be learning online over the next period.”

She added the Government would keep the measures “under close and ongoing review”.

Nicola Sturgeon LIVE

Speaking at the Scottish Government’s coronavirus briefing, Ms Sturgeon said: “The risks of international travel are particularly acute at the moment as new strains of this virus emerge and as case numbers globally continue to increase.

“Indeed, that’s why it is – as of now – illegal for anyone to travel to or from Scotland unless it is for an essential purpose and I want to reiterate that point right now.

“You should not be travelling within Scotland and you should not be travelling out of Scotland or into Scotland for anything other than an essential reason.

“Even with such a reason, anyone who is travelling to Scotland must still comply with quarantine requirements if they are coming from a country that is subject to those requirements.

“Last night, the Scottish Government, along with the UK Government, announced a further measure aimed at reducing the risk of importation of the virus – people travelling to Scotland from overseas will be required to present a negative Covid-19 test result before they embark upon their journey.”

She added: “The tests will be required to be highly reliable in terms of their specificity and their sensitivity and so, in practice, they are likely to be PCR tests.

“They will be required of anyone travelling to Scotland from outside of the common travel area, and they will need to be taken no more than 72 hours before people start travelling to Scotland.”

Nicola Sturgeon LIVE

Nicola Sturgeon has confirmed that visitors to Scotland will have to have tested negative for coronavirus before travelling.

No start date for the policy has been announced, but the First Minister suggested it would come into effect from the end of next week.

The measures will be in addition to the existing quarantine requirements, although there are some exemptions such as young children and hauliers, Ms Sturgeon added.

Scotland records 93 more coronavirus deaths in 24 hours

Scotland has recorded 93 deaths of coronavirus patients and 2,309 new cases in the past 24 hours, according to official figures.

The death toll under this measure – of people who first tested positive for the virus within the previous 28 days – is now 4,779.

Scottish Government statistics indicate the daily test positivity rate is 8.1%,  from 11.3 % on Wednesday, when 2,649 positive cases were recorded.

A total of 146,024 people have tested positive in Scotland since the start of the pandemic.

There are 1,530 people in hospital confirmed to have Covid-19, up 93 from 1,467 in 24 hours.

Of these patients, 102 are in intensive care – up by two from the previous day.

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