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The First Minister has said that ‘there’s a case’ to tighten the restrictions in place over the festive period.

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Last updated: Wednesday, 16 December, 2020, 12:46

  • The First Minister has said that ‘ there’s a case’ to tighten Christmas Covid rules. 
  • There are nine cases of the new strain of coronavirus in Greater Glasgow and Clyde. 
  • A study has found that people in deprived areas are more likely to die of Covid. 

“Every single day matters. What we do every single day matters.” Deputy CMO.

FM: Five day window over Christmas doesn’t mean people can do what they like. They must follow guidance.

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Since the vaccination programme started up to Sunday night, 18,644 people have received the first dose of the vaccine.

Wales have changed their Christmas guidelines - lowering the number of households that can meet indoors from three to two.

FM: This Christmas can’t be normal, but we have every reason to hope that next year will be normal.

“This Christmas, the best thing we can all do is try to keep our loved ones as safe as possible.” 

FM: If you haven’t already made plans for a bubble, then don’t.

Christmas relaxation will go ahead but UK Government to issue stronger warnings

The planned Christmas relaxation of the coronavirus restrictions will go ahead but with stronger warnings issued.

FM: Should not stay overnight if at all possible.

FM: If necessary to meet other households, try to meet outdoors, if indoors, try to minimise households and people.

FM: Safest way to spend Christmas is to spend with your own household in your own home, and this is what is recommended.

FM: Scot Gov does not plan to change the guidance on Christmas, but wants to clarify advice.

FM: Anyone notified to self isolate between Monday 12.01am and Tuesday 12.01am should contact the Public Health hotline, as a fault in the Protect Scotland app has sent self isolate messages incorrectly. The app has now been fixed and has over all been working well.

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