Coronavirus in Scotland RECAP: 543 new Covid cases reported on Friday and six further deaths

Live updates on Covid-19 in Scotland, the UK, and around the world.

Live updates on Covid-19 in Scotland, the UK, and around the world.
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Coronavirus in Scotland LIVE: The latest updates on Friday, March 26

Last updated: Thursday, 01 January, 1970, 01:00

  • 543 new Covid cases reported on Friday - and six further deaths
  • Vaccinated people ‘should be allowed to see each other’

Sturgeon vows 100,000 affordable homes as ‘down payment’ on Covid recovery

Scotland will see 100,000 affordable new homes built in the next decade if the SNP is re-elected to power in May, Nicola Sturgeon has pledged.

The First Minister hailed the commitment – which includes the construction of 70,000 council and housing association properties – as a “down payment on Scotland’s economic recovery” from Covid-19.

The housebuilding promise will be backed up with £3.4 billion of investment in the next parliamentary term, the SNP leader said, and it will create as many as 14,000 jobs a year.

Ms Sturgeon said the scheme will be a “huge investment in jobs, in homes and in better communities”.

She announced details of the policy in a video address to local government leaders at a Cosla event.

Ms Sturgeon said that since the SNP was elected to power in 2007, almost 100,000 affordable new homes have been built across Scotland.

She added that “ramping up” this work is central to the party’s plans for the coming 10 years.

The SNP also plans to introduce a new, single standard for housing, she said, to help ensure new properties are more energy efficient, spacious and of a higher quality.

A new study has found a single dose of the Pfizer vaccine generates a strong immunity response against Covid-19.

543 new Covid cases reported on Friday - and six further deaths

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