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Nicola Sturgeon briefing LIVE: 64 deaths recorded in 24 hours, highest daily figure since May

Last updated: Wednesday, 11 November, 2020, 18:28

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Here are the main points from today’s coronavirus daily briefing:

FM closes her daily briefing saying she will be back with Parliament from 12.20pm tomorrow for First Minister’s Questions.

Ms Sturgeon reiterated the importance of sticking to travel restrictions and home visit bans.

Jason Leitch, accompanying her in the daily briefing said today’s figures are ‘not normal’ and now is ‘not the time to take our foot off the brakes.'

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It has been reported students need to test negative twice in five days before they can travel home, according to BBC Scotland. 

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FM is challenged on Aberdeen’s lockdown restrictions and asked why it cannot be moved down to the same level as Moray and Highlands, which are both in a lower level (1)

Ms Sturgeon replied saying she “does not want to throw caution to the wind” and will not rush lowering the level of any local authority. 

Mr Leitch said if you reach a certain number of cases in an area, it does not mean a level goes up or down. He said the Highlands and Moray are not similar to Aberdeen in terms of the infection rate and cases and can therefore not share the same level of restrictions. 

Another 206 deaths were registered in Scotland in the week up to 8th November where coronavirus was mentioned on the death certificate, according to the latest figures from National Record Scotland

FM highlights a website, where you can volunteer to support vulnerable people through winter or find advice on what to do if you might require some support.

Here is a link to the website: ready.scot

FM reminds Scots of changes she made to coronavirus restrictions during yesterday’s briefing:

FM: "From Friday - and this reflects the very low number of cases on the islands - people in Orkney, Shetland, and the Western Isles will be able to meet in each other's homes.

"Something that the rest of us are still not able to do, and nobody in Scotland has been able to do for some time. There will be limits of course - no more than 6 people can meet from no more than 2 households.

"Unfortunately, household meetings are not yet allowed in the two other level 1 local authority areas, Moray and Highland, except for essential purposes like providing care."

“The second change I announced yesterday is that Fife, Angus, and Perth & Kinross will, from Friday, move from level 2 to level 3.”

Jason Leitch describes today’s figures as ‘not normal’ and said ‘now is not the time to take our foot off the brakes’

He compared zero deaths recorded in early September to today’s figure of 64 deaths and urged Scots to stick to the level rules that each local authority is placed under. 

Mr Leitch reiterated rules have tightened in some areas due to the increase in cases and deaths this month. 

He pointed out:

On 11 September 175 new cases of Covid were announced - today the figure is over 1,000

45 people were in hospital compared with 1,235 today

Six people were in ICU - today we have 93

0 deaths were reported, today it was 64

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