Coronavirus in Scotland RECAP: Jeane Freeman says pandemic has ‘brought grief and heartbreak’ to every corner of the country

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Coronavirus in Scotland LIVE: The latest updates on Friday, March 11

Last updated: Friday, 12 March, 2021, 13:42

  • First steps out of lockdown as restrictions on outdoor meetings eased
  • Covid-19 absences cost Police Scotland around 140,000 working days
  • Scotland recorded 17 deaths Covid on Friday
  • 682 positive coronavirus tests reported

Health Secretary Jeane Freeman says a minute's silence will be held on the 23 March to remember those who have died with the virus

Ms Freeman said with the National Records for Scotland figures the total number of Covid deaths is now “well over 9,000.”

Jason Leitch says case numbers have gone up in Scotland this week.

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A major study into the impact of vaccination on transmission is “very encouraging”, Health Secretary Jeane Freeman has said.

The study of 300,000 people, led by Public Health Scotland and Glasgow University, suggested there is at least a 30% reduction in transmission as a result of the first dose of the vaccine, while the second dose gives at least 54%.

Speaking at the coronavirus briefing in Edinburgh, the Health Secretary said: “It’s obviously very encouraging data indeed.

“We’ve already seen the impact the vaccination programme is having on deaths in care homes and increasingly in the community.

“Today’s study adds to the growing evidence that vaccination can also help reduce the transmission of the virus.”

Jeane Freeman: “I guess the bottom line is that none of us want to go back into lockdown. We want to come out of where we are now in a way that is sustainable and means that we don’t have to move back."

Rough sleepers and people in homeless accommodation will be added to the vaccine priority list

Jason Leitch says football fans should "celebrate at home and digitally".

Asked about the Old Firm match scheduled for 21 March, Prof Leitch says it is not his job to decide what reassurances should be sought from the football authorities or the clubs.

Jeane Freeman: “I would hope that we would be able to move quicker - but we are not going to move quicker in order to be popular. We are going to make the right decisions because that’s our responsibility.”

Anas Sarwar, Scottish Labour leader: "This has got to be the last lockdown. We have got to get the vaccination programme right and strengthen our testing and tracing systems. The virus is still not going away and we are only using around a third of our testing capacity every day."

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