Coronavirus in Scotland RECAP: 51 deaths from Covid-19 and 958 positive cases in past 24 hours

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Coronavirus in Scotland LIVE: The latest updates on Thursday

Key Events

  • 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
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“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.

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