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Coronavirus in Scotland LIVE: Thursday, October 6, 2020

Last updated: Thursday, 08 October, 2020, 13:28

  • Pubs and restaurants in central belt forced to shut from Friday
  • National 5 exams cancelled for pupils in 2021
  • 1,027 new cases in Scotland
  • Five more deaths reported in last 24 hours
  • 28 people in Scottish ICUs

Covid-19 killing more than flu and pneumonia combined

Covid-19 could be more deadly than flu and pneumonia combined, new figures suggest.

In every year since monthly death records for England and Wales began in 1959, there have been fewer deaths due to flu and pneumonia from January to August than there have been deaths due to Covid-19 so far this year.

More than three times as many deaths were attributed to Covid-19 compared to flu and pneumonia in the first eight months of the year, the ONS said.

The Office for National Statistics (ONS) said that there were 48,168 deaths due to Covid-19 between January and August, compared with 13,619 deaths due to pneumonia and 394 deaths due to influenza.

Statisticians examined mortality rates for the three conditions.

Between January 1 and August 31 2020, 52,327 deaths in England and Wales involved Covid-19.

Out of these, 48,168 deaths had Covid-19 listed as the underlying cause of death.

To August 31 this year, flu and pneumonia were mentioned on more death certificates than Covid-19.

But Covid-19 was the underlying cause of death in over three times as many deaths between January and August 2020.

The proportion of Covid-19 deaths in care homes was almost double the proportion of deaths due to influenza and pneumonia, 30% and 15.2% respectively, the ONS added.

Labour calls for increase in social care

Richard Leonard referenced a Scottish Human Rights Commission report that detailed harrowing stories of people left without essential care, such as help washing and using the toilet. 

He called for cuts to social care to be reversed, so that staffing and funding can return to pre-pandemic levels.

Ms Sturgeon said she will pay close attention to the report, adding that the rights of all people are at the centre of the Government’s decision-making.

Details of Scottish Government support revealed tomorrow

The FM said details of the £40 million of Scottish Government support for businesses impacted by the new Covid-19 measure - and how it will be spent - will be published tomorrow.

More detail on Scotland’s R number

The R number in Scotland – the average number of people each person with Covid-19 passes the virus – could now be as high as 1.6, Nicola Sturgeon said.

Speaking at the start of First Minister’s Questions at the Scottish Parliament, she said the rising number of cases was why the Scottish Government had announced “significant new measures” to try to tackle the virus.

Ms Sturgeon said: “I recognise how hard these restrictions are for individuals and for businesses, hospitality businesses in particular, which is why we are making financial support available.

“But these steps are essential to get the virus back under control as we go further into the winter period.”

She urged people to comply with the new rules, saying: “They are hard and painful for all of us, but they are about the protection of life and health.”

Sturgeon responds to Richard Leonard

The FM insisted that the Scottish Government does consult with businesses and trade unions before taking decisions on coronavirus restrictions, but said it faced an “almost impossible balance to strike”.

These are not normal times ,and these are not normal decision making processes . I know how difficult the consequences of these decisions are for businesses and for individuals - I don't expect these decisions to be welcome or popular. But they ultimately have to be made by government and everyday, right now, we are facing decisions where we literally have lives in one hand and jobs in the other. It's an impossible, almost, balance to strike, but we are doing that to the best of our ability.

Nicola Sturgeon

Richard Leonard: FM kept Scottish businesses ‘in the dark'

 First Minister, it is clear that this is not just about the decision you've taken. It's about the way that you have taken it all week there were hints that tighter restrictions were coming. And all the while still set to be most affected by the restrictions were kept in the dark. Businesses have adapted to new rules, businesses who were stocking their fridges paying for supplies for two weeks of staycation, workers who have followed the guidance to the letter to keep their customers safe, and to keep their job safe but now see their jobs on the line.

Richard Leonard

Sturgeon says people more interested in Covid-19 than Alex Salmond inquiry

Anybody, any member of the public watching, who frankly right is probably a lot more worried about the ongoing Covid pandemic than about any of this -  but in case there is anybody out there who is not, they can go onto the Scottish Parliament website and read my evidence in full. They can make up their own minds.

Nicola Sturgeon

Scots urged to stick to the new restrictions

First Minister Nicola Sturgeon said: “I would ask everyone again to stick with these rules.”

“They are hard and painful for all of us,” she added, “but they are about the protection of life and health.”

Sturgeon reacts to new figures

These figures demonstrate again, why we announced significant new measures yesterday to get the virus back under control.

Nicola Sturgeon

Sturgeon: Scotland’s R number likely to be ‘as high as 1.6'

Hospitalisations rise to 377 in Scotland

The First Minister confirmed that 31 people were also being treated in Scotland’s ICU. 

1,027 new cases of Covid-19 in last 24 hours

13.5% of people tested in the last 24 hours, tested positive.

Ms Sturgeon said 405 of the cases were in Greater Glasgow and Clyde, 230 were in Lanark, 152 in Lothian, and 73 in Ayrshire and Arran. 

Five new deaths in Scotland

The First Minister said the death toll from coronavirus in Scotland had risen by five in the last 24 hours.

It brings the total number of deaths in Scotland to 2,538.

Pub closures difficult but necessary, insists Deputy First Minister

Speaking on BBC Radio Scotland’s Good Morning Scotland programme, Mr Swinney said: “It is not extra resources we have had from the UK Government, we have had to dig deep into our own resources to find the money to support the hospitality sector through what I accept is going to be a difficult period for them.

“But we are doing that because we must take wider action to protect the public interests in these circumstances.”

He said the Government has to “stop the opportunities for interaction where the virus can spread, that appears to be emerging from some aspects of the hospitality sector”.

A Scottish Government evidence paper published on Wednesday shows that between the end of July and the beginning of October, more than a quarter (26%) of those who tested positive for Covid-19 reported having been in hospitality.

Mr Swinney said: “I appreciate the challenges and difficulties faced by the hospitality sector, it is why the Government has put financial support in place.

“The advice we published yesterday demonstrates that if we don’t take any further action, the virus is spreading at a rate that will see us by the end of this month have a prevalence of the virus back to levels we had in March, and the Government simply cannot allow that to happen.”

Jason Leitch: new measures will be ‘short, sharp shock’

Scotland’s National Clinical Director said the restrictions north of the border will be a “short, sharp shock” aimed at bringing down the R number, which is currently around 1.5 in Scotland, and bringing prevalence of the virus down as quickly as possible.

Professor Jason Leitch told BBC Breakfast: “About 20% of our cases link back to that kind of pub and hospitality sector.

“Remember, the final thing about the risk here is pubs and hospitality, even mitigated, are more risky than other places because they have an exemption for the distancing so they are allowed to be at one metre distancing and you are allowed to go with two households; so, even mitigated, they are more risky than you in your home just with your own household.”

Asked what will happen if there is no change after the 16 days for which the restrictions on licensed premises have been put in place, he said: “I’m very hopeful that something will change, that the numbers will begin to move.

“Now, remember, this virus isn’t norovirus, you don’t know you’ve got it tomorrow and you’re sick – it takes seven to 10 to 14 days to show, so we are not going to be completely out of the woods at 16 days.

“But the earlier restrictions that we’ve had in households, in other places in the last few weeks, the work we’ve done in student halls, those restrictions are beginning to show their effect.

“Another three weeks from now, two-and-a-half weeks from now, I’m hopeful that the numbers will have begun to fall, and we’re going to do work in this time to just check the guidance, check the mitigations are as strong as they can be, talk to the stakeholder groups, the sectors, make sure we’re doing everything we can to allow them to open safely.”

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