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First Minister Nicola Sturgeon has cautioned that Scotland is ‘not out of the Covid woods yet’ as Sunday saw 800 new cases were recorded.
Scientists have warned that the behaviour of the public at Christmas time will dictate when normal life can return.
Too many households mixing may extend the restrictions across the country.
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Last updated: Monday, 14 December, 2020, 12:37
- The First Minister has cautioned that Scotland is ‘not out of the woods yet.'
- Teaching union threatens industrial action in school safety dispute.
- Vaccination of Scotland’s care home residents to begin on Monday.
FM: “The next couple of weeks are going to be probably the toughest for some people.”
FM: “We are still in a daily battle against this virus”
FM: Meeting outdoors rather than indoors is less risky.
FM on Christmas: “We’re not planning to change the arrangements set out” but will continue to urge people to be sensible and not take risks.
FM: “I’m sorry I’m starting to sound like the Christmas killjoy here” - warns people not to have office or work parties, especially ones that involve alcohol. “Please don’t take these risks.”
FM: Meeting up with other households at Christmas is not ‘risk free’.
FM: "More vital than ever" that people stick to the guidelines and restrictions, especially at Christmas.
Nicola Sturgeon has said that the progress of the vaccination roll out is dependant on the amount of vaccines that they get.
Scottish Government update: 734 new cases of coronavirus have been recorded, 1,012 patients are in hospital and 46 patients are in intensive care. There were no registered deaths in the last 24 hours.
Wonderful to get Covid -19 jab before Christmas, says first care home recipient
The first care home resident in Scotland to be vaccinated against coronavirus has said it was "wonderful" to get the jab before Christmas.
Annie Innes, 90, was one of dozens of elderly Scots to be given the first dose of the Pfizer/BioNTech vaccine as it was rolled out into care homes.
The former carer, who has been living in Abercorn House Care Home in Hamilton, South Lanarkshire, for six months, said she was relieved to have been offered the jab.
She said: "It's wonderful to get the vaccine before Christmas.
"I hope it keeps me, my friends here and the staff safe and means we can get back to normal very soon.
"The nurses and the care home staff have been great with us and we are relieved to have been offered the vaccine."
She was followed by 82-year-old Margaret Keating, a former bartender who has been living at Abercorn House for just over a year.
NHS Lanarkshire is now planning to vaccinate 2,990 care home residents and 5,601 staff across 93 care homes.
It comes after thousands of NHS staff were given their first doses of the vaccine - which needs two separate injections weeks apart - as a huge nationwide campaign began last week.
At the weekend, the Scottish Government announced a solution has been agreed to enable transportation of the vaccine from storage hubs to care homes.
It must initially be stored at minus 70C before being thawed out but it can now be "packed down" into smaller batches that can be taken to care homes with "minimal wastage", as supplies allow.
Health Secretary Jeane Freeman thanked all those involved in the vaccination programme.
Germans urged to forgo Christmas shopping before lockdown
The German government has called on everyone to forgo Christmas shopping, two days before the country heads into a hard lockdown that will shut most stores, tighten social distancing rules and close schools across the country.
"I wish and I hope that people will only buy what they really need, like groceries," economy minister Peter Altmaier said on Sunday.
"The faster we get these infections under control, the better it is for everyone."
Chancellor Angela Merkel and the governors of Germany's 16 states agreed Sunday to step up the country's lockdown measures, beginning Wednesday and running until January 10 to stop the rise of Covid-19 cases.
Mrs Merkel said existing restrictions imposed in November failed to significantly reduce the number of new infections.
Germany has been recording steadily higher confirmed cases and deaths in recent weeks.
On Monday, the country's central disease control centre reported 16,362 new cases, about 4,000 cases more than a week before.
Family doctors in England to begin giving Covid-19 vaccinations
Vaccination clinics run by family doctors will begin across England from Monday but people have been warned that a rise in cases after Christmas socialising could disrupt the roll out of the jabs.
GP practices in more than 100 locations will have the approved Pfizer/BioNTech vaccine delivered to them on Monday, with some offering vaccinations within hours.
Care home residents in Scotland are due to receive the vaccine for the first time on Monday, while NHS England and NHS Improvement said the majority of GPs will begin providing vaccination services to their local community from Tuesday.
NHS staff including nurses and pharmacists will work alongside GPs to inoculate those aged 80 and over, as well as care home workers and residents.
The vaccination centres will operate from doctors' surgeries or community hubs in villages, towns and cities.
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