Coronavirus in Scotland RECAP: Nicola Sturgeon says vaccine numbers achieved in extreme weather is ‘nothing short of extraordinary’

Live updates on Covid-19 in Scotland, the UK, and around the world.

Live updates on Covid-19 in Scotland, the UK, and around the world.
Live updates on Covid-19 in Scotland, the UK, and around the world.

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Coronavirus in Scotland LIVE: The latest updates on Wednesday, February 10

Key Events

  • Coronavirus vaccinations near 1m mark
  • Scotland recorded 50 Covid deaths on Wednesday
  • 803 new cases in the past 24 hours
  • Universal credit ‘worth less than 2013’ if £20 cut goes ahead
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Nicola Sturgeon reveals 50 new deaths in latest Covid-19 figures at FMQs

‘Too soon’ to book a holiday, says Shapps

It is “too soon” to book a holiday, Transport Secretary Grant Shapps has warned.

The Cabinet minister told BBC Radio 4’s Today programme that “people shouldn’t be booking holidays right now – not domestically or internationally”.

He went on: “The Prime Minister will say more about the route to unlocking this country, starting when he speaks about it on February 22.

“But we don’t know yet whether that will include information on things like holidays, simply because we don’t know where we’ll be up to in terms of the decline in cases, deaths, vaccination.

“And not just the vaccination programme here, but the vaccination programme internationally, because people will be going outside of our borders.

“So it’s too soon.”

Nicola Sturgeon said figures on long-stay intensive care patients with Covid-19 would also now be published.

She said the daily figures, which show the number of people who have tested positive for the virus or been admitted to hospital within the last 28 days, did not take in those who require longer spells in ICU.

While she said the “standard measure” for intensive care patients had been used, the First Minister said this did “not cover some patients, 30 as of today, who have been in intensive care with Covid now for more than 28 days”.

She added: “The number of Covid patients experiencing long stays in ICU is now increasing therefore from today we will be publishing data on this additional measure.”

Scotland has recorded 50 deaths from coronavirus and 803 positive tests in the past 24 hours, Nicola Sturgeon said.

It brings the death toll under this measure – of people who first tested positive for the virus within the previous 28 days – to 6,551.

The figures are lower than the 8,726 deaths given earlier by the National Records of Scotland as they do not include suspected and probable coronavirus infections.

Speaking in the Scottish Parliament, Ms Sturgeon said 188,345 people have now tested positive in Scotland, up from 187,542 the previous day.

The daily test positivity rate is 4.8%, down from 7.2% on the previous day.

There are 1,542 people in hospital confirmed to have the virus, down 76 in 24 hours, and 113 patients are in intensive care, an increase of one.

Ms Sturgeon said 985,569 people have received their first dose of a coronavirus vaccine, up 57,447 from yesterday.

Over 985,000 people in Scotland have had first jab, says First Minister

803 new cases of Covid-19 in Scotland reported on Wednesday - and 50 further deaths

Boris Johnson did not answer when asked whether the furlough scheme will be extended beyond April.

First Minister Nicola Sturgeon will give an update on Covid-19 and take questions from opposition leaders at 12.30pm.

Latest NRS figures show 374 deaths relating to Covid-19

A total of 8,726 people have died in Scotland with confirmed or suspected coronavirus, according to the National Records of Scotland (NRS).

The figures show 374 deaths relating to Covid-19 were registered between February 1 and 7, down 70 on the previous week.

Of these, the majority happened in hospital at 281, with 68 in care homes, 22 at home or in a non-institutional setting and three in other institutions.

The statistics are published weekly and cover all deaths registered in Scotland where Covid-19 was mentioned on the death certificate.

They differ from the lab-confirmed coronavirus deaths announced daily by the Scottish Government because the NRS figures include suspected or probable cases of Covid-19.

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