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Coronavirus in Scotland LIVE: The latest updates on Covid-19 on Monday, January 4

Last updated: Monday, 04 January, 2021, 16:53

 

  • Nicola Sturgeon announces full lockdown from midnight
  • Scottish schools to remain closed until February
  • Scots only allowed to leave home for ‘essential purposes’
  • Boris Johnson to told press conference at 8pm
  • Over 50s and vulnerable Scots to receive vaccine by May

Scottish retail chiefs react to fresh coronavirus lockdown

‘Thwacked hard’: Scottish retail chiefs react to fresh lockdown announced by Nicola Sturgeon

Scottish retailers have been “thwacked hard” by the coronavirus pandemic and fresh restrictions announced today are “unsettling” for the industry, according to the Scottish Retail Consortium (SRC).

Labour leader welcomes fresh measures from PM

Responding to the announcement of the Prime Minister’s statement and the recall of Parliament, Labour leader Sir Keir Starmer said: “I hope the Prime Minister has been listening to the clear calls for tough national restrictions.”

He told the PA news agency new measures were needed to “get the virus under control, protect the NHS and create the space for the vaccine to be rolled out as quickly as humanly possible”.

Lockdown rules explained

Piers Morgan says PM faces ‘huge pressure’ to follow Sturgeon’s lockdown lead

Prime Minister Boris Johnson faces “huge pressure” to follow Scotland’s lead and announce fresh lockdown measures across England, according to Piers Morgan.

This afternoon the First Minister announced that, from midnight, Scots will be required by law to remain in their homes throughout January except for essential purposes only.

As Ms Sturgeon spoke in the Scottish Parliament, Downing Street announced the Prime Minister would hold a previously unscheduled press conference at 8pm this evening.

A No. 10 spokesman said: ‘The spread of the new variant of COVID-19 has led to rapidly escalating case numbers across the country.

‘The Prime Minister is clear that further steps must now be taken to arrest this rise and to protect the NHS and save lives.’  

‘He will set those out this evening.’

Mr Morgan said the First Minister’s decision had piled “huge pressure” on Mr Johnson to announce similar measures south of the border.

“Scotland going into new full national lockdown from midnight until end of January,” the Good Morning Britain host wrote.

“Huge pressure now on @BorisJohnson to do the same in England,” he finished.

Labour leader Sir Keir Starmer also urged the Prime Minister to follow Scotland’s lead.

The first Scots have been given their first doses of the Covid-19 vaccine developed by Oxford University and AstraZeneca.

Rollout of Oxford AstraZeneca Covid-19 vaccine begins in Scotland

The first Scots have been given their first doses of the Covid-19 vaccine developed by Oxford University and AstraZeneca.

Read the FM’s statement in full

Coronavirus in Scotland: Nicola Sturgeon's address to Parliament in full

The First Minister addressed the Scottish Parliament announcing a full lockdown in Scotland. Here is her speech in full.

Nicola Sturgeon extends pupil return to school date to February

Scottish pupils will not return to school until February, Nicola Sturgeon announces

Schools will not reopen until at least the start of February under measures announced by First Minister Nicola Sturgeon.

Edinburgh testing hub opening delayed due to sprinkler system fault

Edinburgh regional laboratory for Covid testing closed due to 'last minute issue'

A laboratory in the Capital set up to increase Scotland’s testing capacity has temporarily closed due to a fault in the property’s sprinkler system.

Boris Johnson to told press conference at 8pm

A  No10 spokesman said: ‘The spread of the new variant of COVID-19 has led to rapidly escalating case numbers across the country.

I’m sorry to ask for further sacrifices, after nine long months of them. But these sacrifices are necessary. And the difference between now and last March is that with the help of vaccines, we now have confidence that they will pave the way to brighter days ahead. So – for everyone’s sake and safety - please stick with it and stay home.

 

Nicola Sturgeon

Health expert comments on Sturgeon’s announcement

It is no exaggeration to say that I am more concerned about the situation we face now than I have been at any time since March last year.

Nicola Sturgeon

Over 50s and vulnerable Scots to receive vaccine by May

It is hoped the most vulnerable Scots and those over the age of 50 will have had their first dose of the Covid-19 vaccine by May, Nicola Sturgeon said.

More than 2.5 million people, the First Minister said, will receive either the AstraZeneca or Pfizer vaccine by the end of the spring.

She said: “Our current expectation, based on assumptions about supply and the new advice on doses being administered up to 12 weeks apart, rather than three, is that by early May everyone over 50, and people under 50 with specific underlying conditions, will have received at least the first dose of vaccine.”

The First Minister also said that one million people will be vaccinated by the end of January.

FM: ‘Stick with’ new rules

First Minister Nicola Sturgeon has urged Scots to “stick with” new restrictions as a coronavirus vaccine is rolled out.

Addressing MSPs in Holyrood, Ms Sturgeon announced an enforced period of lockdown – due to last until at least the end of the month – including the closure of schools to most pupils.

She said: “I know that the next few weeks will be incredibly tough.

“I’m sorry to ask for further sacrifices, after nine long months of them. But these sacrifices are necessary.

“And the difference between now and last March is that with the help of vaccines, we now have confidence that they will pave the way to brighter days ahead. So – for everyone’s sake and safety – please stick with it and stay home.”

The First Minister also returned to the public messaging from the March lockdown, saying: “Stay home. Save lives. Protect the NHS.”

Covid-19 patients ‘close to April peak’

I would expect these to show that, nationally, the total number of Covid patients in hospital is close to its April peak. And in some boards, the pressure is already very real.

 

For example, in terms of hospital beds, NHS Ayrshire and Arran is currently at 96% of its Covid capacity, and three other health boards - Borders, Greater Glasgow & Clyde and Lanarkshire -  are above 60% of their capacity.  

 

The number of people in intensive care is still significantly lower than the April peak – which partly reflects the fact that treatment of Covid has improved significantly.

 

But even so, the total number of patients in intensive care in Scotland is already above normal winter levels.  Indeed, all mainland health boards have now exceeded their normal intensive care unit capacity.

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