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Coronavirus in Scotland LIVE: The latest updates on Monday, February 8

Last updated: Monday, 08 February, 2021, 13:10

  • New record for Covid-19 first vaccines in Scotland
  • Scotland recorded 928 new Covid cases on Monday 
  • A further five deaths from coronavirus

Boris Johnson did not rule out that the South African variant could lead to a delay in easing restrictions if it reduces the Oxford/AstraZeneca vaccine’s effect on transmissibility.

Scotland on track to hit one million vaccination milestone this week – Sturgeon

Scotland is on course to hit the one million vaccine milestone this week, Nicola Sturgeon has confirmed.

She told the Scottish Government’s daily coronavirus briefing that 866,823 people have received their first dose of a vaccine, an increase of 27,557 on Sunday.

This is three times the number vaccinated last Sunday, the First Minister said.

However, the number vaccinated on Sundays continues to be significantly lower than on Saturdays – this week there was a 25,282 drop between Saturday and Sunday, down around 48%.

This follows from a 58% fall between Saturday and Sunday the previous week and 51% the week before that.

However, Ms Sturgeon highlighted around 80,000 people received a first dose of the vaccine over this weekend, more than double the figure of the previous weekend.

She said a total of 99.6% of residents in older care homes have received a first jab, which is “a scale of uptake which none of us really believed would be possible”.

No formal contracts have been awarded to hotels by the Government to quarantine arrivals from countries on the “red list”, No 10 said.

Downing Street has said it would be “discriminatory” to force someone to have a coronavirus vaccine in order to keep their job.

Boris Johnson has insisted that all vaccines being used provide a “high degree of protection against serious illness and death” amid concerns over the South African variant’s effect on the Oxford/AstraZeneca jab.

Nicola Sturgeon promises “nobody will be left behind” in the vaccination process.

A pilot service that uses rural fire stations as coronavirus testing centres in the Highlands is to be expanded, Nicola Sturgeon said.

NHS Highland has been trialling the pilot in Thurso and Lochgilphead to use the fire stations as bases where people can get tested for Covid-19.

It is aimed at saving those living in rural areas from having to wait for a home testing kit to arrive or a mobile testing centre to be sent to the area, or from having to drive long distances to a permanent facility.

The First Minister told the Scottish Government’s daily coronavirus briefing: “Due to the success of these initial pilots the decision has been taken now to expand that service and I can say that from tomorrow fire stations in Dunoon and Campbelltown will be used as testing centres.”

She added that in the coming weeks a further 17 sites will open in rural locations across the NHS Highland area.

All adults in Scotland will be vaccinated over the summer says Nicola Sturgeon

Nicola Sturgeon announced that from tomorrow fire stations in Dunoon and Campbletown will start testing, with a further 17 towns to follow suit shortly.

Coronavirus in Scotland: 121 new cases reported in the Lothians in the last 24 hours as the country records an additional five deaths

121 new cases reported in the Lothians in the last 24 hours as the country records an additional five deaths

In the last 24 hours five additional deaths have been recorded in Scotland while 928 new cases have been reported, 121 of these were recorded in the Lothians.

Scotland’s vaccination programme “undoubtedly picked up pace considerably over the course of the last week”, Nicola Sturgeon said.

But she warned that the first dose of a vaccine does not begin to have a protective effect until around two or three weeks after it is received.

She said we “don’t yet know that the vaccine will stop you from getting Covid or transmitting it to someone else, although there is growing evidence that vaccination does have some impact on transmission”.

The First Minister told the Scottish Government’s daily coronavirus briefing that everyone including those who get the first dose of the vaccine need to be careful and stick to lockdown restrictions.

Nicola Sturgeon has warned anyone who has received their first dose of the Covid vaccine that it does not start to have a protective effect for two to three weeks after the first jab.

Nicola Sturgeon said over the coming week Scotland is expected to hit the milestone of one million coronavirus vaccines administered.

She told the Scottish Government’s daily coronavirus briefing that 866,823 people have received their first dose of a vaccine, an increase of 27,557 on yesterday.

This is three times the number vaccinated last Sunday, the First Minister said.

She added that around 80,000 people received a first dose of the vaccine over the weekend.

This is more than double the figure of the previous weekend, Ms Sturgeon said, adding that in the past seven days more than 290,000 people have received a first dose.

A total of 99.6% of residents in older care homes have received a first jab, which is “a scale of uptake which none of us really believed would be possible”, she said.

She added that more than 95% of over 80-year-olds living in the community have had their first dose of a vaccine and almost 67% of people aged 75-79 and 29% of people aged 70-75 have received a first jab.

Coronavirus in Scotland: 928 new cases recorded in the last 24 hours as an additional five deaths are recorded

928 new coronavirus cases recorded in the last 24 hours as an additional five deaths are recorded in Scotland

In the last 24 hours five additional deaths have been recorded in Scotland while 928 new cases have been reported.

The Pfizer/BioNTech Covid-19 vaccine is effective against the coronavirus variant that emerged from South Africa, according to a new study. In a US study of 20 vaccine recipients, researchers at the University of Texas Medical Branch at Galveston found that the vaccine neutralises the virus with the N501Y and E484K mutation.

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