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Coronavirus in Scotland LIVE: The latest updates on Wednesday, February 10
Chief scientific adviser Sir Patrick Vallance will join Boris Johnson at the Downing Street press conference at 5pm, No 10 has said.
Army and health workers help Edinburgh and Lothians vaccination rate to catch up
Army and health workers help Edinburgh and Lothians vaccination rate rise
Edinburgh and the Lothians’ coronavirus vaccination rate is no longer lagging behind the rest of Scotland - following a concerted effort by health chiefs and the British Army to get mass vaccination centres operational.
Covid-19 linked with wider set of symptoms than previously thought – study
Chills, a loss of appetite, headaches and muscle aches could be additional symptoms of coronavirus, a study suggests.
This is in addition to the classic symptoms – losing your sense of smell and taste, a fever and a new persistent cough.
A study of more than one million people in England revealed the extra symptoms that are linked with having Covid-19.
The research is based on swab tests and questionnaires collected between June 2020 and January 2021 as part of the Imperial College London-led React study.
Having any of the other symptoms or the classic ones, either alone or in combination, was associated with infection with Covid-19 and the more symptoms people showed the more likely they were to test positive.
But around 60% of infected people did not report any symptoms in the week leading up to their test.
The study also found that there was a variation in symptoms with age.
Coronavirus vaccinations near 1m mark despite severe weather
Close to one million people have now received a Covid-19 vaccination in Scotland, despite snow disrupting travel on Tuesday and temperatures dropping as low as minus 17.1C.
Nicola Sturgeon told MSPs that 985,569 people had received their first dose as of Wednesday morning, up 57,447 from Tuesday’s figure.
The First Minister said the vaccination figure is “nothing short of extraordinary”, given the severe weather in large parts of Scotland.
She added: “My thanks go to everyone who made it happen, those running the programme across the country, and of course those braving the elements to get the jag.”
Meanwhile, the National Records of Scotland (NRS) said 374 people died with coronavirus in the week to February 7.
That brings the overall death toll to 8,726.
Ms Sturgeon said 99.8% of residents in older people’s care homes have now had their first dose of a coronavirus vaccine.
The incidence rate of coronavirus in Wales has fallen to around 110 cases per 100,000 people but “the situation in the NHS remains precarious”, the chief executive of NHS Wales has said.
Boris Johnson will lead a Downing Street press conference on coronavirus on Wednesday afternoon.
‘Much loved’ hospital chef dies after contracting Covid-19
A “much loved” hospital chef has died after contracting Covid-19.
Joe Wilson, who worked at the Queen’s Hospital in Burton, died on Saturday, the University Hospitals of Derby and Burton NHS Foundation Trust (UHDB) said.
Mr Wilson joined the trust in 2013, working in the catering production unit, the Burton Clinic and the main restaurant.
New coronavirus variants will likely mean that booster vaccinations are needed in the autumn, Boris Johnson has indicated.
Sir Keir Starmer said: “The Prime Minister is failing to give security to British businesses and he’s failing to secure our borders.”
Nicola Sturgeon LIVE
On vaccinations, Nicola Sturgeon said by 8.30am on Wednesday 985,569 Scots had received their first dose – an increase of 57,447 from the previous day.
The First Minister said: “That is the second-highest daily total so far, which given the severe weather conditions yesterday is in my view nothing short of extraordinary.
“My thanks go to everyone who made it happen, those running the programme across the country, and of course those braving the elements to get the jag.”
She said 99.8% of residents in older people’s care homes had now had their first dose of the vaccine.
Meanwhile, she said “at least 96%” of those aged over 80 living in the community had had their initial injection, as well as 80% of those aged 75 to 79 and 45% of those 70 to 74.
“We remain on course to vaccinate everyone over 70 and all people with a serious clinical vulnerability,” she added.
Ms Sturgeon said the vaccination of 65 to 69-year-olds was now “accelerating”.