LiveCoronavirus in Scotland RECAP: 359 new Covid cases but no further deaths reported on Monday

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Coronavirus in Scotland: The latest updates on Monday, March 22

Last updated: Monday, 22 March, 2021, 14:31

  • 359 new cases of Covid-19 reported on Monday
  • Police thank Old Firm fans as only ‘small groups’ gather for game
  • No coronavirus deaths in Scotland on Monday

359 new cases of Covid-19 were reported in Scotland on Monday - and no further deaths

No deaths of coronavirus patients were recorded in Scotland in the past 24 hours, according to the latest official figures.

There were 359 new cases in the same period with a daily test positivity rate of 3.7%, up from 2.9% on Sunday.

The death toll under the measure used for the daily figures – of people who first tested positive for the virus within the previous 28 days – remains at 7,552.

The figures published by the Scottish Government indicate 353 people in hospital are confirmed to have the virus, up nine in 24 hours, and, of these, 33 patients are in intensive care, down two.

A total of 2,182,400 people received a first dose of a Covid-19 vaccination as of 7.30am on Monday and 225,096 have received their second dose.

359 new cases of Covid-19 were reported in Scotland on Monday - and no further deaths

359 new cases of Covid-19 were reported in Scotland on Monday - and no further deaths

359 new cases of Covid-19 were reported in Scotland on Monday - and no further deaths

359 new cases of Covid-19 were reported in Scotland on Monday - and no further deaths

Coronavirus in Scotland: Why is there no covid briefing today and when will Nicola Sturgeon announce new measures?

Two out of five Scottish firms optimistic about 2021, survey finds

A survey has found 40% of Scottish businesses feel optimistic about their future this year.

The Business Gateway poll also revealed the pandemic remains an area of concern, with 31% of businesses reporting that they felt positive about the remainder of the tax year, which ends in April.

It found 37% stated they felt either pessimistic or very pessimistic about the future of their business for the same period.

However, these concerns lift slightly when asked about the rest of the year, with around 40% saying they feel optimistic about their future this year.

Hugh Lightbody, chief officer of Business Gateway National Unit, said: “As we approach the anniversary of the first national lockdown, we must take some positives from the results of this survey.

“We appreciate that the pandemic is not over yet, and for some businesses, this will continue to be a concern.

“However, it is welcome to see initial signs that some businesses are feeling more optimistic about their prospects.

“Going forward, it is important not to lose momentum and it will be vital that businesses continue to have access to a range of support, as they begin the journey back to a form of normality.”

European Commission president Eric Mamer insisted Brussels was not set on “banning vaccine exports” but wanted pharmaceutical firms to meet their contractual obligations to the bloc.

There will be no Scottish Government coronavirus briefing today

‘Honestly so exciting’ – Jeremy Vine gets coronavirus vaccine

Jeremy Vine has praised the speed of the Covid-19 vaccine rollout after receiving his first jab.

The presenter, 55, received his first dose at the weekend and a video of the moment was shown on his Channel 5 morning programme on Monday.

Vine, who contracted coronavirus last December, described the experience as “honestly so exciting” and was seen bumping elbows with the NHS staff member who gave him the injection.

Speaking to viewers, he added: “And to think that a year ago whatever went in my arm there wasn’t even developed. You think it would take 10 years and it took them six months – six months to make it and six months to roll it out, and then five seconds to get it into my arm. That is amazing.”

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