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Coronavirus in Scotland LIVE: The latest updates on Monday

Last updated: Tuesday, 22 September, 2020, 08:03

  • There have been no new deaths from Covid-19 in Scotland
  • A further 255 positive cases reported on Monday
  • New restrictions to be announced within next 48 hours.

Boris Johnson to order pubs to close at 10pm as he makes address to nation

Pubs, bars and restaurants in England will be ordered to close by 10pm each night from Thursday under tough restrictions set to be announced by Boris Johnson in a bid to curb the rapid rise in coronavirus cases.

The Prime Minister will use an address to the nation on Tuesday evening to outline new measures to stop the spread of Covid-19, which will also restrict the hospitality sector to table service only.

Scotland to face new lockdown restrictions within days

Too unpredictable to commit to regular exam diet

Asked by BBC Scotland whether exams could again be disrupted in this academic year, Ms Sturgeon says it is simply too unpredictable. 

She says: "We want the exams diet to go ahead as normal or as close to normal as possible next year.

"All of us want that but every day right now is a reminder that we are in a highly volatile, unpredictable situation."

Dr Gregor Smith: 'a more generalised epidemic'

Dr Gregor Smith explains that the virus is advancing from " localised hotspots of infection to a more generalised epidemic."

He notes that experts are starting to see a shift in the proportion of over-60s infected by the disease, accounting for one-in-seven new cases.

He says that Scotland’s R number is now likely between 0.9 and 1.4.

Jason Leitch: ‘populations restrictions a necessity’

Professor Jason Leitch is speaking now. 

Emphasising the need for further action, he says: "We cannot live with this disease without population restrictions."

Pointing to the global picture he notes that 300,000 people tested positive for the disease on Saturday, including 68,000 in Europe, and 4,000 people died. 

‘This is a serious moment'

Ms Sturgeon finishes by putting an emphasis on the individual efforts everyone can make. 

"This is a serious moment again for the country."

"Think carefully about what you can do as an individual to play your part in this collective action that we need to take."

She encourages members of the public to work from home, download the Protect Scotland app and follow guidance.

Financial support for self-isolating

Ms Sturgeon confirms that a package of measures will be introduced to financially support hose self-isolating. 

Fines for non-compliance to self-isolation rules, which were introduced in England last week, are also being considered though the First Minister says there is a fear that this may discourage people from getting tested.

New measures on Tuesday or Wednesday

New measures to restrict the spread of the virus will be introduced on Tuesday or Wednesday. 

Ms Sturgeon said: “I need to be absolutely straight with people across Scotland, that additional restrictions will almost certainly be put in place in Scotland over the next couple of days.

“Hopefully this will be with four-nations alignment, but if necessary it will have to happen without that.”

Cobra meeting set to take place

Ms Strugeon confirms that a Cobra meeting will take place this week.

She voiced her frustration that there had not been a date set for the Cobra gathering.

She also said she would be speaking to the Prime Minister this afternoon.

Ms Sturgeon added: “In that call, I will impress upon the Prime Minister my view that we need decisive, urgent and as far as possible given our individual responsibilities, co-ordinated action across the UK.

“I will be clear that I am willing to allow a bit more time for four-nations discussions to take place before making final decisions for Scotland, but I will be equally clear that the urgency of this situation will mean that we cannot, must not and will not wait too long.”

'New restrictions must be introduced sooner rather than later’

The First Minister insists that new action to stem the spread is necessary.

“In my view, further and urgent action will now be needed to stop the increase in the number of cases.

“I and my advisers have spent the weekend immersed in discussion and analysis, looking at a variety of options and considering carefully the impact that we judged these would have.”

While the measures are still being considered, the First Minister said they are “very close to a point of decision”.

She added: “At the heart of this decision is a simple truth, the longer we wait to introduce new measures, the longer these measures are likely to be in place.

“If we move sharply now to get the virus back under control we can minimise the time we all spend under any new restrictions.

“If we wait it will take longer, potentially a lot longer, to come out of the other side.”

'Number of people dying will increase’

The First Minister says we must take the increase in cases “very seriously”. 

She warns that as we the numbers in hospital increase we will “see the number of people dying increasing too."

She notes that the disease will increasingly affect the elderly. 

First Minister: ‘Covid is spreading again in Scotland’

The First Minister issues the stark warning that “Covid is spreading again in Scotland”.

Offering a silver lining, she says that we are in a far better position due to the efforts of everyone over the Summer months, stating: "We collectively saved a lot of lives."

She also endorses the warning of UK chief scientific adviser Sir Patrick Vallance and chief medical officer Professor Chris Whitty, who said new cases could rise daily by 50,000 by October.

However, reported figures in recent weeks are not as bad as they were in the spring, at the beginning of the pandemic

The First Minister is now speaking

She says that 255 new cases were reported yesterday taking the total number of cases to 24,627.

103 of the new cases were in Greater Glasgow and Clyde, 47 cases in NHS Lanarkshire and 30 cases by NHS Lothian. New cases recorded by every mainland health board . 

The number of people in hospital increased by 10 to 73 with eight in intensive care.  

Zero deaths were recorded though Ms Sturgeon notes that registration offices are closed on Monday. The total number of deaths remains at 2,505.  

First Minister set to hold press briefing

Nicola Sturgeon is set to hold a press briefing at 12.15pm with interim chief medical officer Dr Gregor Smith and national clinical director Jason Leitch. 

As ever, we will provide updates throughout.

Prof Whitty: ‘Significant rates of transmission’ of coronavirus in parts of the UK

Chief medical officer Professor Chris Whitty told a press briefing there was now “significant rates of transmission” of coronavirus in parts of the UK.

Referring to a presentation slide looking at the growth of Covid-19 outbreaks, he said: “What we’ve seen is a progression where, after the remarkable efforts which got the rates right down across the country, first we saw very small outbreaks, maybe associated with a workplace or another environment, then we’ve seen more localised outbreaks which have got larger over time, particularity in the cities.

“And now what we’re seeing is a rate of increase across the great majority of the country.

“It is going at different rates but it is now increasing.

“And what we’ve found is, as we go through in time, anywhere that was falling is now moving over to beginning to rise and then the rate of rise continues in an upwards direction.

“So, this is not someone else’s problem, this is all of our problem.”

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