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Wednesday saw 1,429 positive cases and 15 people have died after testing positive with the virus.

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Coronavirus in Scotland: Follow here for all Wednesday’s updates

Last updated: Wednesday, 14 October, 2020, 14:03

  • Wednesday saw 1,429 positive cases reported.
  • 15 people have died in the past 24 hours after testing positive with the virus.
  • The First Minister has asked people to avoid Blackpool as it is a ‘high risk’ area. 

Nicola Sturgeon: Scotland now at 'perilous point' in Covid second wave

The First Minister insisted that the virus is not yet “out of control” but called on Scots to prepare to self-isolate if they adopt symptoms or get contacted by public health chiefs.

PM under pressure as scientists say circuit-breaker may save thousand of lives

A "circuit-breaker" lockdown could save thousands of lives by the end of the year, scientists advising the Government have calculated, as pressure mounts on Boris Johnson to impose stricter restrictions.

As the three-tier Covid alert level system comes into force across England, the Prime Minister is facing calls to go further by introducing a fortnight of nationwide curbs to bring the coronavirus resurgence under control.

Downing Street is understood to be keeping the idea on the table, after Labour leader Sir Keir Starmer said a two to three-week national lockdown over the October half term was needed to prevent a "sleepwalk into a long and bleak winter".

A paper by members of the Scientific Advisory Group for Emergencies (Sage) reportedly calculates that more than 7,000 lives could be saved if schools are closed and people are ordered to stay at home from October 24 for two weeks.

The Times said the modelling suggested that coronavirus deaths for the rest of the year could be reduced from 19,900 to 12,100, with hospital admissions cut from 132,400 to 66,500.

If schools and shops remained open, the death toll could be cut to 15,600, it reported.

England, Wales and Scotland ‘among nations with highest excess deaths'

England, Wales and Scotland are among nations with the highest numbers of excess deaths as a result of the first wave of the Covid-19 pandemic, a new study has found.

The research, led by Imperial College London, analysed weekly death data from 19 European countries, Australia, and New Zealand, between mid-February and end of May.

The results, published in the journal Nature Medicine, showed England and Wales and Spain experienced the largest increase in mortality, with nearly 100 excess deaths per 100,000 people.

According to the researchers, this is an increase of 37% for England and Wales and 38% for Spain, when compared to how many deaths would have been expected without the pandemic.

In Scotland, the excess death deaths rate was 84 per 100,000 people during the first wave, which is a 28% increase from average expected deaths.

Study co-author Dr Jonathan Pearson-Stuttard, from the Imperial College London's School of Public Health, said a number of factors may have influenced why England, Wales and Scotland had higher number of deaths than some of the other nations.

He said that a combination of the general population health, the resilience of the public health and social care system, and the policy response to the pandemic, may have contributed to "what looks like the highest excess deaths across the 21 countries".

Little Mix The Search live show delayed after crew test positive for Covid-19

Saturday's live episode of Little Mix The Search has been postponed after members of the crew tested positive for Covid-19.

Six bands were due to compete for a place on the pop group's 2021 tour, following weeks of pre-recorded audition episodes.

The band - Perrie Edwards, Jade Thirlwall, Jesy Nelson and Leigh-Anne Pinnock - were not among those who tested positive.

The BBC One talent show sees the former X Factor winners create and mentor new bands.

Its live show is now expected to air on Saturday October 24, the same date as Strictly Come Dancing's first live show of the series.

A statement from the BBC said: "We can confirm that a small number of people on the Little Mix The Search production have tested positive for coronavirus and they are now self-isolating following the latest Government guidelines.

"Due to the format of the show we have made the decision to postpone Saturday's programme.

"There are rigorous protocols in place to manage Covid-19 as the safety of all those involved in the production is paramount.

"We hope to be back on air on Saturday October 24."

It was previously announced that comedian Chris Ramsey will host the programme.

Little Mix recently announced details of their sixth studio album, Confetti, due for release on November 6.

They formed on The X Factor in 2011 and have become one of the country's biggest-selling girl bands.

Hospital ward in Glasgow hospital reopens after coronavirus outbreak

A ward at Scotland's biggest hospital has reopened after an outbreak of coronavirus among patients and staff.

Positive cases were confirmed at the Queen Elizabeth University Hospital in Glasgow on Monday, with measures put in place to help stop the virus spreading further.

A spokeswoman for NHS Greater Glasgow and Clyde (NHSGGC) confirmed to the PA news agency the ward reopened on Tuesday.

The hospital also houses the Glasgow Lighthouse Lab - one of the UK's three sites that was launched earlier this year to rapidly expand testing capacity.

Meanwhile, there has been no update on a similar outbreak in a cancer ward at the Western General Hospital in Edinburgh.

As of Monday a "very small number of patients" have died, with NHS Lothian saying the number is under five.

Nine patients and six members of staff had also tested positive for Covid-19 and were self-isolating.

Scottish Government update: 1,429 positive cases, 570 in hospital, 49 in intensive care and tragically 15 people have died.

FM has said that half of the people who have died are under the age of 80 and a small number under the age of 60, and has warned that this virus does not just affect the very elderly. 

FM has asked again for people to minimise travel between the central belt and other areas of Scotland.

“Think very carefully about whether you need to travel at all” 

FM: Avoid car sharing if possible.

Trips to Blackpool specifically responsible for high number of positive cases.

180 people with Covid reported that they had recently been in Blackpool.

Blackpool considered a high risk place. 

344 people who have spoken to Test and Protect reported some sort of travel outside of Scotland.

252 said they’d travelled to other parts of the UK.

94 of them were in Blackpool. 

FM: Do not travel to Blackpool this weekend to watch the Old Firm match in a pub.

FM: “I’m asking you if you can avoid it, please do so this October” regards trips to Blackpool.

“Do not visit each others homes for the moment...this is our single most important way of stopping the virus jumping from one household to another"

“Please follow all these rules...don’t think it’s OK to breach them on the odd occasion”

FM: “sorry to be so blunt with you....I ask every body right now to rededicate themselves” to keeping Covid under control.

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