Covid Scotland: When is Nicola Sturgeon's update today? What will she say? How can I watch?

Nicola Sturgeon is set to give an update to MSPs on the Covid-19 situation in Scotland on Tuesday.

The latest statement from Scotland’s First Minister comes as case numbers appear to be increasing with warnings from experts that the COP26 climate summit could cause yet another spike.

As always, Ms Sturgeon will emphasise the importance of following basic guidelines such as wearing face masks and washing your hands in an attempt to curve the rising case numbers.

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Here is everything you need to know about today’s update.

Nicola Sturgeon is set to update MSPs on the Covid-19 situation in Scotland on Tuesday.

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What are the latest case numbers?

The latest Scottish Government figures, published on Monday, showed Scotland recorded 2,240 coronavirus cases in the previous 24 hours.

The figures indicate no Covid-19 linked deaths were recorded in the period, although registry offices are generally closed at the weekend.

It means the death toll under this daily measure, of people who first tested positive for the virus within the previous 28 days, remains at 9,052.

The daily test positivity rate was 10.3 per cent, up from 9.9 per cent the previous day.

There were 902 people in hospital on Sunday with recently confirmed Covid-19, up three in 24 hours, with 57 in intensive care, down one.

So far, 4,308,371 people have received their first dose of a Covid-19 vaccination and 3,895,239 have received a second dose.

What will the First Minister say?

Ms Sturgeon is expected to begin Tuesday’s briefing by announcing the latest coronavirus figures and giving a general update on the numbers.

It is likely she will address the delays in the rollout of the Covid-19 booster jags. The Scottish Government had predicted that all over 70s and those over 16 who are most at risk from Covid – those previously advised to shield – would be contacted by letter or by their GP about their third dose appointment by the end of September.

However, the Scottish Government has since acknowledged that the programme has not yet moved to the under-70s.

The First Minister may also discuss the claims that the UK has been “selfish” in its stance to provide vaccines to poorer nations.

A report from the People’s Vaccine Alliance claims that 1.8 billion Covid-19 vaccine doses had been promised by richer nations, but only 261 million – 14 per cent – have actually been delivered.

Last week the coronavirus passport scheme was enforced in Scotland meaning that venues serving alcohol and playing music between midnight and 5am are now only allowed to accept fully vaccinated customers.

It is likely that Ms Sturgeon will address the situation following a hospitality sector body branding the first weekend of enforcement an “unmitigated disaster”.

Experts have also warned the First Minister that the COP26 climate summit in Glasgow may lead to a spike in cases and possibly more restrictions.

Professor Devi Sridhar, who sits on the Scottish Government’s Covid-19 advisory group, said on Twitter: “I could be wrong (and hope I am) but yes.

“A mass event (with major movement of people in & out) with an infectious virus will cause an increase in cases. While in the case of COVID will put stress on limited health services. Which triggers need for further restrictions.”

What time is the announcement?

The latest Covid-19 briefing will follow topical questions in parliament and is expected to take place around 2.20pm.

How can I watch it?

The announcement will be broadcast on Scottish Parliament TV.

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