Coronavirus in Scotland RECAP: 486 new positive cases recorded - the highest daily total since the outbreak began in March

Updates on Covid-19 in Scotland.

The latest Covid-19 updates from Scotland.
The latest Covid-19 updates from Scotland.
The latest Covid-19 updates from Scotland.

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Coronavirus in Scotland LIVE: The latest updates on Wednesday

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Prof Leitch urges students to take four steps to stop Covid spread

Scotland’s clinical director Professor Jason Leitch urged students to take four steps to stop the spread of the virus.

Prof Leitch asked those at university to follow the Facts guidance, download the Protect Scotland app, ensure they self-isolate if asked and not host or go to house parties.

The national clinical adviser said he spoke to Scotland’s student leaders on Tuesday to inform them of how they can support students.

Sturgeon: Scotland should not be ‘hamstring’ by UK Government

Nicola Sturgeon said Scotland should not be “hamstrung” when tackling coronavirus by the UK Government.

After reiterating her belief that, should Scotland have the borrowing powers to continue the furlough scheme, measures put in place on hospitality businesses may have been stronger, the First Minister said she would be writing to the Prime Minister on the issue asking for an extension of the scheme or an extension of powers to the devolved administrations.

She said: “We mustn’t be hamstrung in essential public health decisions by the lack of necessary economic mitigations.

“All four UK nations agreed a joint statement to the effect that we would focus our efforts ‘on suppressing the virus to the lowest possible level and keeping it there’ and that is really positive.

“It puts aside forever the idea that we can just let this virus run, because we know it does real damage in lives and in health.”

Ms Sturgeon added: “There is an argument… that all of us across the UK should actually be doing even more right now and there is a danger that what starts to hold us back is not the public health analysis but financial limitations.”

Nicola Sturgeon points out local councils have powers to close premises if they are not complying with the rules

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Nicola Sturgeon points out risks of student life

Addressing recent reports of coronavirus clusters at universities, First Minister Nicola Sturgeon said that student life lends itself to spreading the virus.

She said that “tough guidance” was currently in place and discussions were ongoing about what may be needed.

Appealing directly to students, the First Minister said: “If you are asked to self-isolate, and I know many of you are already in that position, it is really important that you follow that advice.”

She added: “From me, for now, please know that we appreciate the sacrifices you’re making at this really important stage of your lives.

“It’s not yesterday that I was at university, but I still remember what an important stage of life it is and nobody wants you to be living under these restrictions, but it is important that you take care not put yourselves at risk and obviously not to inadvertently put other people at risk.

“What we’re asking you to do now is for the collective good of everyone but we do appreciate your sacrifices and thank you for it.”

The First Minister points out there is a significant outbreak at the University of Glasgow.

Latest Scottish Government figures revealed

A total of 486 people have tested positive for coronavirus in Scotland in the past 24 hours, First Minister Nicola Sturgeon said – the highest number of cases recorded in a single day in Scotland.

Speaking at the Scottish Government’s daily briefing, Ms Sturgeon said two deaths of confirmed Covid-19 patients have been recorded in the past 24 hours, bringing the total number of fatalities to 2,508.

She said 25,495 people have now tested positive in Scotland, up from 25,009 the day before.

This is 7.8% of newly-tested individuals, up from 7.6% yesterday.

Of the new cases, 224 are in Greater Glasgow and Clyde, 107 in Lanarkshire and 57 in Lothian.

There are 83 people in hospital confirmed to have the virus, up by 10 in 24 hours.

Of these patients, 10 were in intensive care, no change on yesterday.

The total number of positive cases in Scotland reaches 25,495.

Nicola Sturgeon news briefing LIVE: Highest number of cases recorded in a single day: 486. Two further deaths registered.

Scottish Covid-19 death toll reaches 4,246, according to NRS stats

A total of 4,247 deaths have been linked to Covid-19 in Scotland, according to The National Records of Scotland (NRS).

The NRS figures indicate that 11 people died in the week ending 20 September. 

The figures are higher than the daily figure announced by the Scottish Government as they include all cases where Covid-19 is mentioned on a death certificate - even if the patient had not been tested.

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