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Coronavirus in Scotland LIVE: The latest updates on Thursday
Last updated: Thursday, 03 December, 2020, 12:41
- Scotland records 51 deaths on Thursday
- 958 positive cases reported
- Christmas school holidays ruling expected this week
- R number continues to be just below one
“As ever, all of us can play our part by sticking to the current rules and guidelines.”
She said: “The prospect of vaccination, and with it a return to something more like normality, should also give us a further incentive in the weeks ahead to keep ourselves and loved ones safe.
Speaking ahead of First Minister’s Questions on Thursday, she said the prospect of returning to normality in the coming months should be an “incentive” for following current rules.
News of vaccinations beginning in Scotland next week should spur Scots to stick to the current restrictions, Nicola Sturgeon has said.
Regulations to legally prevent any eviction notices to be introduced
All evictions will be banned until the end of January under new Scottish Government regulations.
Legislation passed at the beginning of the coronavirus pandemic meant that eviction notices issued due to Covid-19 could not be actioned during the pandemic.
However, no such curbs were in place for the actioning of notices issued before the pandemic.
First Minister Nicola Sturgeon said new regulations would be proposed by the Scottish Government to end the enforcement of notices between December 11 and January 22.
Ms Sturgeon said that anti social or criminal behaviour and cases of domestic abuse will be exempt from the regulations.
Nicola Sturgeon confirms no change to school Christmas holidays
Scotland records 51 deaths on Thursday
Scotland has recorded 51 deaths from coronavirus and 958 positive cases in the past 24 hours, Nicola Sturgeon has confirmed.
The death toll under this measure – of people who first tested positive for the virus within the previous 28 days – is now 3,848.
Speaking at the start of First Minister’s Questions at Holyrood, Ms Sturgeon said the daily test positivity rate is 4.3%, down from 4.5% on Wednesday.
A total of 97,720 people have tested positive in Scotland, up from 96,762 the previous day.
There are 982 people in hospital confirmed to have the virus, a fall of nine in 24 hours.
Of these patients, 69 are in intensive care, up by one.
Nicola Sturgeon says R number is slightly below 1.
Nicola Sturgeon news briefing LIVE: 958 new Covid-19 cases recorded in Scotland in past 24 hours, and 51 further deaths.
No extension to school holidays over Christmas and new year, says John Swinney
School holidays in Scotland will go ahead as normal over Christmas and new year after the Education Secretary announced plans for an extended three-week break have been scrapped.
John Swinney wrote to Holyrood’s Education and Skills Committee to confirm he has “reached the decision not to make any changes to the planned Christmas and new year holiday dates”.
The Scottish Government had been considering extending the holidays to run from December 18 to January 11.
Pfizer vaccine due to arrive in UK as country grapples with rollout challenge
The first doses of the approved coronavirus vaccine are due to arrive in the UK on Thursday as the country battles with logistical challenges in administering it to those at the top of the priority list.
Professor Jonathan Van-Tam, deputy chief medical officer for England, confirmed the jab from Pfizer and BioNTech – approved by the UK medicines regulator on Wednesday – will hit British shores in “hours, not days”.
The UK became the first country in the world to give the go-ahead to the vaccine, paving the way for vaccinations to start next week.
The country has ordered 40 million doses of the Pfizer jab, enough to vaccinate 20 million people with two doses, given 21 days apart.
‘Vaccine won’t see life return to normal immediately’, says Professor Van-Tam
Professor Jonathan Van-Tam has warned that, even after people are vaccinated, they will not be able to return to normal life immediately.
“Until we are properly confident of how the vaccine works and properly confident that disease levels are dropping, even if you have had the vaccine, you are going to need to continue to follow all the rules that apply for a while longer,” the deputy chief medical officer told BBC 5 Live.
“It is not something we are going to leave people waiting on for ever but we have got to follow the science, we have got to see the data that gives us the assurance that we can tell people that they can relax in certain ways and have a fairly high degree of confidence that it is safe to do so.
“It is a new disease, it is a new vaccination programme. We have to take it step by step and see carefully what is going to be unlocked for us. What can be unlocked will be unlocked but we have to take it really carefully in the first instance.”
Jersey has announced new circuit-breaker restrictions with all hospitality venues and indoor sports facilities to close.
Pfizer vaccine news is not the end of Covid-19 restrictions, health experts warn
The beginning of a vaccination programme in Scotland will not mean the end of social distancing, face masks and lockdown restrictions for some time, health experts have warned.