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Coronavirus in Scotland LIVE: Scots able to meet with two other households at Christmas

Last updated: Tuesday, 24 November, 2020, 14:29

  • Scots able to meet with two other households over Christmas
  • 771 positive tests in the past 24 hours
  • 41 further deaths from Covid-19 reported on Tuesday

‘Although an end may be in sight, we haven’t reached that point yet and we have a difficult winter ahead,’ says FM.

Nicola Sturgeon goes on to urge Scots to follow the current government coronavirus guidelines, including FACTS. 

Any easing of restrictions this Christmas will be ‘temporary’ and ‘limited’, says FM.

‘We will continue to ask people to air on the side of caution,' FM adds. 

Ms Sturgeon went on to say there is a ‘distinct’ possibility that vaccines will start to be rolled out before Christmas and by next Spring the country will be much closer to ‘normal’ life. 

Nicola Sturgeon addresses the nation on keeping safe ahead of Christmas

FM said she is still in discussion with the four nations about the lead up to Christmas. 

She will be taking part in Cobra meeting later today where ‘it is hoped’ the four nations will agree a common framework. 

‘Some measures may differ depending on the circumstance in each nation,’ FM added. 

Jeane Freeman to give an update on testing students before their return home for Christmas in Parliament tomorrow

All students who wish to return home will be offered two Covid tests, a few days apart. 

The testing programme will be underway next week, according to Ms Sturgeon. 

FM confirms health secretary will stand in Parliament tomorrow confirming further details on asymptomatic testing

‘We are working with local authority areas in level four to develop a more targeted testing, geographically, for communities,’ FM added. 

Health secretary is also due to give an update on testing family members of residents in care homes, Ms Sturgeon confirmed. 

FM says the light at the end of the tunnel is ‘getting brighter’ after discussing progress with the Oxford vaccine seen yesterday.

FM talks about Midlothian and East Lothian

She confirms East Lothian has moved from level 3 to level 2, but said a recent rise in cases in Midlothian means the council area should not move down a level and should stay in level 3. 

She acknowledges this has affected businesses who adapted with a view to restrictions easing today, but she said the government needs to take a ‘cautious’ approach. 

She said discretionary funding has been made available and businesses should talk to their local authority council for advice. 

Nicola Sturgeon updates nation on latest coronavirus review

41 further Covid deaths and 771 positive tests

Scotland has recorded 41 deaths from coronavirus and 771 positive tests in the past 24 hours, latest figures show.

It brings the death toll under this measure – of people who first tested positive for the virus within the previous 28 days – to 3,544.

The Scottish Government statistics show 90,081 people have now tested positive in Scotland, up from 89,310 the previous day.

The daily test positivity rate is 8.6%, the same figure as on Monday.

Of the new cases, 247 are in Greater Glasgow and Clyde, 156 in Lanarkshire, and 108 in Lothian.

There are 1,197 people in hospital confirmed to have the virus, a decrease of 11 in 24 hours.

Of these patients, 84 are in intensive care, no change on Monday.

Scotland has recorded 41 deaths from coronavirus and 771 positive tests in the past 24 hours, latest figures show.

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