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Nicola Sturgeon news briefing LIVE: The latest Covid-19 updates from Scotland
Last updated: Wednesday, 09 September, 2020, 08:19
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Ban on social gatherings of more than six people vital to protect life – Hancock
New rules banning social gatherings of more than six people are “absolutely vital to protect life”, the Health Secretary has said.
The change in the law in England will come into force on Monday as the Government seeks to curb the rise in coronavirus cases.
Prime Minister Boris Johnson will announce the change in the law after the number of daily positive Covid-19 cases in the UK rose to almost 3,000.
The legal limit on social gatherings will be reduced from 30 people to six.
It will apply to gatherings indoors and outdoors – including private homes, as well as parks, pubs and restaurants.
Covid vaccine trial paused after side effect reported in UK patient
Trials of a Covid-19 vaccine under development by AstraZeneca and Oxford University have been put on hold owing to a reported side effect in a patient in the UK.T
AstraZeneca issued a statement on Tuesday night saying the late-stage studies of the vaccine had been paused while the company investigates whether the patient’s reported side effect is connected with the vaccine.
AstraZeneca did not reveal any information about the patient’s condition other than to describe it as “a potentially unexplained illness”.
Hospitality venues are being restricted to take away only in Bolton as part of new measures to curb the spread of Covid-19 in the town, Health Secretary Matt Hancock has told MPs.
Nicola Sturgeon news briefing LIVE: “It’s only fair that I signal now that, while final decisions have not yet been taken, when we do our latest three-weekly review on Thursday we may well not be able to go ahead with any further easing of restrictions.”
Nicola Sturgeon news briefing LIVE: Asked if Lewis Capaldi or Andy Robertson might not be a better messenger for the TV and radio public health ads, FM says: "Maybe Andy Robertson after a Scotland win last night? We think about this all the time."
Nicola Sturgeon news briefing LIVE: On the subject of anti-lockdown protest marches, First Minister says the right to protest is fundamental to democracy, but adds: "This pandemic is not made up."
Nicola Sturgeon news briefing LIVE: Return of students to universities likely to have the "biggest impact" on transmission in the coming months, the First Minister said.
Nicola Sturgeon news briefing LIVE: Increase in hospitalisations may take a month after initial spike in cases, says Prof Jason Leitch. "That's why we're so worried when we see numbers rise even in youngsters," he adds.
Nicola Sturgeon news briefing LIVE: 'The number of tests carried out yesterday is just under 20,000', says First Minister.
Nicola Sturgeon news briefing LIVE: “We have to keep the whole country under review,” says First Minister.
Nicola Sturgeon news briefing LIVE:
The First Minister criticised the “really dangerous delusion” that rising numbers of cases among younger people should not be a concern.
Nicola Sturgeon said: “The risk of a young person getting seriously ill or dying is thankfully lower, but it is not zero, and I would ask people of all ages to remember that.”
Reiterating that three deaths have been recorded in the past 24 hours – the first time in more than two months – she said: “We should listen to the warning signals that are already here”.
Ms Sturgeon added: “We don’t live in entirely generationally segregated ways.
“If transmission becomes established in the younger population, it will eventually reach the older and more vulnerable population.
“So to younger people, please think about your loved ones as well as yourselves, which I know everybody does.
“And to older people, be even more vigilant about hygiene and distancing if you’re spending time with young relatives who may have been in pubs and restaurants.
“And to all of us, let’s treat the current situation with the seriousness it most certainly merits, abide by the rules and remember the simplest way in which all of us can deny the virus the opportunity to spread it is by following the FACTS advice.”