Nicola Sturgeon Speech RECAP: Everything the First Minister said about Scotland's lockdown tier system
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Coronavirus in Scotland LIVE: The latest updates on Tuesday
Last updated: Tuesday, 17 November, 2020, 16:58
- Level 4 restrictions for 11 local authorities
- Infection rate still ‘cause for significant concern’, says Sturgeon
- Frontline staff should be paid extra £2 per hour, says STUC
- 37 new Covid deaths in Scotland in last 24 hours
- FM confirmed a further 1,248 new cases of the virus in Scotland
Here is all of our comprehensive coverage from the First Minister’s speech to MSPs
Speaking in parliament this afternoon First Minister Nicola Sturgeon announced a number of changes to the current lockdown tier system in Scotland in the run up to Christmas.
Explore Scotland’s latest coronavirus restrictions levels, area by area, with our interactive map.
A legal ban on travel in and out of Covid hotspots across Scotland is to be introduced to halt the transmission of the virus, First Minister Nicola Sturgeon has announced.
Fife will remain in Level 3 according to the First Minister.
The First Minister announced that East Lothian and Midlothian will move down from level three to level two Coronavirus restrictions next Tuesday following a ‘marked decline’ in infection rates in these areas.
The First Minister announced this afternoon that the west of Scotland areas including Greater Glasgow and Clyde and Lanarkshire will move from level three to level four Coronavirus restrictions from Friday onwards.
Nicola Sturgeon announced at Parliament today that West Lothian will be placed in level four lockdown from Friday onwards alongside many local authorities in the west of Scotland.
Edinburgh will remain in level three lockdown with East Lothian and Midlothian moving to level two, following the First Minister’s review of local authority restrictions at Parliament today.
Frontline staff should be paid extra £2 per hour, says STUC
The Scottish Trades Union Congress (STUC) has urged the Scottish and UK Governments to increase pay for frontline workers.
Roz Foyer, the general secretary of the group, will tell its annual congress on Tuesday that an extra £2 per hour should be given to NHS staff, carers, workers in retail and transport and those who helped to keep social security programmes running through the pandemic.
During the first wave of Covid-19 earlier this year, people across the country applauded key workers outside their homes for their efforts.
Ms Foyer will tell the congress that “claps and rainbows don’t pay the bills”.
West of Scotland braced for potential move into highest level of restrictions
Parts of the west of Scotland could move into Level 4 restrictions later this week, with First Minister Nicola Sturgeon to announce her decision on Tuesday.
On Monday, Ms Sturgeon said at the Scottish Government’s coronavirus briefing that rates in Greater Glasgow and Clyde and Lanarkshire health board areas are “stubbornly high”.
The First Minister suggested a “limited period” of the strictest measures – moving from Level 3 to Level 4 – could allow an easing around Christmas.
She said the prevalence of the virus is causing concern and could mean regional hospital and intensive care services may not be able to cope as winter continues.
Under the toughest restrictions, non-essential shops will be closed, along with bars, restaurants, hairdressers and visitor attractions.
Schools will remain open, however, with the First Minister saying on Monday it is her “objective and intention” to ensure they do not close.
Funeral director creates guide to share Covid learning
A funeral director who is preparing for a second wave of Covid-related deaths has used the experiences of professionals in the industry to create a guide to help support bereaved people.
Sarah Jones, funeral director at Full Circle Funerals, said she and her colleagues had been on a “steep learning curve” since March but had overcome the difficulties to successfully adapt how funeral services can be delivered safely while meeting the needs of the bereaved.
She said many of those in the funeral industry had stepped up to become a support network for people who might otherwise be isolated due to coronavirus restrictions and wanted to share their learning to help others.
Ms Jones said the West Yorkshire-based company was not overwhelmed in the first wave of coronavirus but is “confident” in the systems and procedures she put in place during that time.
She said: “We have had people in our care who have died with Covid, although we never saw anything here like I know people did in other parts of the country, and we are prepared for a second wave.”
Hancock unable to rule out lockdown extension amid warning of strengthened tiers
Matt Hancock was unable to rule out an extension to the lockdown as a health chief warned the tiered system that ministers want England to return to may have to be strengthened.
The Health Secretary said it was “too early for us to know” whether coronavirus cases will be brought down sufficiently to ease the second shutdown on December 2.
Boris Johnson hopes the nation will return to local restrictions, but Public Health England’s Dr Susan Hopkins – standing alongside Mr Hancock at the Downing Street press conference on Monday – said the lowest tier of earlier measures had had “little effect”.
EasyJet nosedives into the red with first ever full-year loss
Low-cost carrier easyJet has slumped to the first ever full-year loss in its 25-year history as the coronavirus crisis sent it nosediving into the red by £1.27 billion.
The group’s pre-tax loss for the year to September 30 comes after passenger numbers halved to 48.1 million as the pandemic crippled the aviation industry.
It warned it expects to fly no more than around 20% of planned services in the first quarter of its year to next September as a relentless second wave of the pandemic batters demand.
EasyJet’s losses compare with profits of £430 million the previous year.
On an underlying basis, easyJet reported pre-tax losses of £835 million against profits of £427 million the previous year, which was in line with expectations.
One in four Scots say pandemic will have negative impact on their mental health
One in four people say the pandemic will have a negative effect on their mental health in the future, according to new research.
The Royal College of Psychiatrists in Scotland study also found that for those who had experienced a mental health problem before the pandemic, one third (33%) said their condition had worsened since March 2020.
A poll of 1,055 people from across Scotland found that 40% of those questioned think the pandemic will be damaging to their mental health over the next year.
Just under a third (32%) thought mental health services across Scotland are bad and almost half (46%) said the Scottish Government is investing too little in mental health services during the coronavirus pandemic.
The Royal College of Psychiatrists (RCPsych) in Scotland is now calling for more investment and commitment for mental health services, to deal with the forthcoming demand.
Prof Linda Bauld says public may not follow guidance if restrictions are not lifted for Christmas
One of Scotland’s leading public health experts has warned there may be a problem with compliance unless there is some temporary easing of Covid restrictions over the Christmas period.
Tier 4 Scotland: lockdown rules and restrictions for areas in level 4 - as First Minister hints at Glasgow upgrade
Tier 4 Scotland: lockdown rules and restrictions for areas in level 4 - as First Minister hints at Glasgow upgrade
Much of the West of Scotland could soon be under level four coronavirus restrictions.
More than 68,000 deaths involving Covid-19 in the UK
More than 68,000 deaths involving Covid-19 have now occurred in the UK, new figures show.
A total of 65,546 deaths have so far been registered in the UK where Covid-19 was mentioned on the death certificate, according to the latest reports from the UK’s statistics agencies.
This includes 59,549 deaths in England and Wales up to November 6 (and registered up to November 14), which were confirmed by the ONS on Tuesday.
Since these statistics were compiled, a further 2,228 deaths are known to have occurred in England, plus 106 in Scotland, 143 in Wales and 90 in Northern Ireland, according to additional data published on the Government’s coronavirus dashboard.
Together, these totals mean that so far 68,113 deaths involving Covid-19 have taken place in the UK.
Government to decide next week on new tier restrictions for England
The Government will decide next week how to end the current lockdown as scientists warned a tougher tier system is needed until vaccines can drive back the Covid-19 pandemic.
Communities Secretary Robert Jenrick said on Tuesday that ministers want to see a “significant easing” of coronavirus controls when the lockdown in England is lifted on December 2, but suggested tighter controls may be needed in the top Tier 3.
It comes after Susan Hopkins, medical director of Public Health England (PHE) and chief medical adviser to NHS Test and Trace, said ministers would have to look at “strengthening” the tier system.
Tier 1 restrictions that covered huge parts of England had “very little effect”, she said, adding that even Tier 2 only worked in some areas.
Documents released last week from the Scientific Pandemic Influenza Group on Modelling (SPI-M), which reports to the Scientific Advisory Committee for Emergencies (Sage), said there was a “clear effect” on infection rates from strict Tier 3 interventions but “much less from Tiers 1 and 2”.
Holyrood 2021 election could be delayed if needed under new Covid-19 legislation
Legislation has been introduced at Holyrood that would allow for next year’s Holyrood election to be delayed, if necessary, because of the coronavirus pandemic.
The Scottish Government still expects the ballot to take place in May as planned but ministers said the new Bill contains “prudent and responsible” measures in the wake of the Covid-19 crisis.
The Scottish General Election (Coronavirus) Bill has been put forward to allow the vote to be conducted differently, if needed.
The Bill has been developed by the Scottish Government along with the Parliament, the Electoral Management Board, the Electoral Commission and political parties at Holyrood.
It includes an earlier deadline for postal vote applications, with this being brought forward by two weeks from April 20 to April 6, giving more time for the expected higher number of mail-in votes to be processed.
Ministers will be given the power to allow voting to take place over more than one day, if needed, to support physical distancing at polling stations.
News from Covid vaccine trial ‘pretty soon’, says Sir John Bell
Sir John Bell, who is part of the Oxford vaccine team, said that if the Oxford/AstraZeneca vaccine works it will be producing three and a half billion doses.
“If we look at the AstraZeneca/Oxford vaccine we’ve commitments to make three and a half billion doses if it works,” he told the Today programme.
“So there have been real efforts to try and get the kind of supplies that we’re going to need to do the global distribution.”
He added that there will be news from the trial “pretty soon”.
Record 62% of debit card payments were contactless in August
A record 62% of debit card payments in August were contactless, according to a trade association.
The Eat Out to Help Out meals discount scheme and the higher £45 contactless payment limit introduced earlier this year are thought to have helped to boost the figures.
The data was released by UK Finance, which also said just under half (45%) of credit card transactions were contactless.
Eric Leenders, managing director of personal finance, UK Finance, said: “As lockdown restrictions continued to be eased in August, we saw record numbers of customers choosing to make contactless payments using debit cards.
“Contactless card transactions using either debit or credit cards also increased compared to July, suggesting that consumers are taking advantage of the £45 contactless spending limit.”
Meanwhile, outstanding balances on credit cards shrank by 12.6% annually in August as cautious consumers continued to pay back more than the amounts newly borrowed.
Two million Scots face toughest lockdown restrictions to ‘save Christmas’
Parts of Scotland could be placed in Level 4 restrictions this week to give more flexibility for “limited and careful” easing of the rules over Christmas, Nicola Sturgeon has said.