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Coronavirus in Scotland.
Coronavirus in Scotland.

Coronavirus in Scotland LIVE: Monday, October 5, 2020

Last updated: Monday, 05 October, 2020, 13:47

  • 697 new cases reported in Scotland over last 24 hours
  • No new deaths recorded since Sunday
  • Sturgeon refuses to rule out ‘circuit breaker’ lockdown for Scotland
  • Trump criticised for visiting supporters outside hospital
  • Aberdeen University principal apologises for breaking lockdown rules

new Public Health Scotland dashboard

Ms Sturgeon said that Public Health Scotland has updated the dashboard published on its website to provide additional information.

It now provides more localised information which lets people see local case numbers in their neighbourhood, which typically is an area with around 4000 residents.

There is also a chart showing the changing age profile of those testing positive

She said: “The chart also shows something that is concerning us which is a rise now in transmission amongst older age groups.

“It underlines the fact that this resurgence of Covid, as it is in many countries, is affecting people across the different age groups.”

Scottish Covid-19 cases in the last 30 days

Sturgeon on possible new lockdown measures in Scotland

Ms Sturgeon warned that further restrictions may well be needed in the “near future” to stem the spread of the virus

She said the large number of cases reported over the weekend and the last couple of weeks is further evidence that Covid is “on the rise again” in Scotland as it is in many countries.

She said: “Of course we’re seeing the consequences of that, not just in the daily case numbers but also perhaps more importantly in the rise of hospital admissions, in the numbers of people in intensive care and sadly in the number of people who are dying from the virus

“All of that means it is vital that we do everything we can to get this situation  under control, of course in a proportionate way that allows us to take account of all the different harms not just that Covid can do but that our ways of dealing with Covid can also do.”

She said she is hopeful the restriction on visiting other people’s houses will “help us stem the increase of the virus over the next period”.

However she warned: “Given the numbers we are seeing it is possible that we will have to do more.

“There may well be a need for some further restrictions in the near future.

“The Government will be considering the latest clinical evidence and advice later on today and the Cabinet will be considering the up-to-date situation when it meets tomorrow morning.”

We do not impose restrictions lightly. If we decide extra restrictions are necessary it will be because we deem it necessary vital to get the virus back under control and avoid unnecessary loss of life.

Nicola Sturgeon

There is a rising tide of infection across the country

Nicola Sturgeon

Jeane Freeman on roll out of flu vaccine

Ms Freeman said the increase in flu vaccinations in Scotland for at-risk groups will mean 2.25 million people will be eligible. 

Anyone over the age of 55, social care workers, and household members of those who have been asked to shield, will be given the vaccine. 

The Health Secretary said those most at risk would be offered the shot first.

As we completely but necessarily change how we get the vaccine to you, there may be some glitches, but we are working very closely every single day with each health board to spot these and fix them as soon as we can.

Jeane Freeman

Sturgeon: “England’s figures looked odd”

The FM said the IT glitch that caused almost 16,000 cases to go unreported to contact tracers in England did not affect case numbers in Scotland.

Ms Sturgeon said: “One of the things that was looking odd to me last week as I looked at the daily numbers, was that England’s looked quite low.”

Public Health England insists that all those who tested positive have been contacted, and that contact tracers are now catching up with the backlog caused by the glitch. 

Sturgeon: Travel to and from Scotland will be part of lockdown consideration

The FM said restrictions on travelling to and from Scotland would be “part of any consideration” the Scottish Government has on a possible “circuit breaker” lockdown. 

FM says she is ‘keen to see’ more parliamentary scrutiny

After criticism from an MSP over decisions being made without scrutiny from MSPs at Holyrood, Ms Sturgeon said: “I think everybody accepts and wants to see a greater degree of parliamentary scrutiny - with the caveat that governments and citizens always have to reserve the right to act quickly.”

Sturgeon: New guidance for parent and baby groups

The FM said that guidance for people attending parent and baby groups has changed following a review after concerns were raised about the impact restrictions had on the ability of groups to run, as previously only five adults were allowed.

Where babies are under the age of 12 months up to 10 adults can now attend a group, so long as other health and safety criteria are met, while in groups where babies are over the age of 12 months the maximum number of adults remains five.

Ms Sturgeon said: “We know parent and baby groups are vital in supporting health and wellbeing particular at the moment but we also know that any setting where groups of adults come together poses a risk of transmission."

What we hope is that this change, while not satisfying everybody, will strike a better balance between supporting the wellbeing of new parents and in particular supporting perinatal mental health while also making sure the we are taking appropriate steps to try to stop the virus spreading.

Nicola Sturgeon

Lothians sees daily jump of 145 Covid-19 cases in 24 hours

The news comes as 697 patients have been diagnosed with coronavirus across Scotland in the last 24 hours.

Of these, 242 are in Greater Glasgow and Clyde, 145 in the Lothians and 130 in Lanarkshire.

The remaining 180 have been reported by nine other heath boards across the country.

Read the full story here.

How would a 'circuit breaker' lockdown work for Scotland?

Nicola Sturgeon has refused to rule out the use of a so-called ‘circuit breaker' lockdown, but what could one look like and what would it mean for people in Scotland?

Among the potential restrictions which could be imposed on Scotland include the closure of all hospitality venues, something the First Minister has indicated may have been her preference when introducing the 10pm curfew.

If it takes place over the October break for schools, it is also likely to include and overlap with already planned school closures to minimise the impact of the loss of education on children and the burden on parents. Ms Sturgeon has regularly said her main priority is to keep schools open.

Universities and colleges could also close completely and be reduced to remote learning only, with other options including the closure of entertainment venues, hairdressers and other personal retail services such as driving lessons.

Similar to the first lockdown in March, there could be a return to the ‘Stay At Home’ messaging, alongside a five or 30-mile travel restriction and reimposed restrictions on visiting those in care homes or in hospitals.

Read the full story here.

12.8% of tests in Scotland were positive

12.8% of newly-tested individuals were positive for Covid-19 in the last 24 hours. 

That percentage is down from the 13.3% reported in the 24 hours prior to Sunday.

‘Hefty warning’ from Nicola Sturgeon

FM warns that Scottish Government might ‘have to do more’ to surpress virus

Ms Sturgeon said her government had been “very open” about the possible need for further measures to control the virus in Scotland. 

“There may well be a need for some further restrictions in the near future,” she said.

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