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Coronavirus in Scotland LIVE: Wednesday, January 20, 2021

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More than 6,300 excess deaths in Scotland last year, data shows

There were 6,324 more deaths in Scotland in 2020 than the average over the previous five years, figures show.

The National Records of Scotland (NRS) said a provisional total of 64,084 people died last year.

This compares to an average of 57,760 over the previous five years, with 6,324 excess deaths.

Of the 6,834 deaths involving Covid-19 between March and December 2020, 93% had at least one pre-existing condition, with dementia and Alzheimer’s the most common.

People living in the most deprived areas were 2.2 times as likely to die with Covid-19 than those in the least deprived parts of Scotland.

The most recent NRS statistics show 7,448 people have now died in Scotland with confirmed or suspected coronavirus.

Priti Patel says she wanted UK border shut in March

Home Secretary Priti Patel told Tory supporters that she argued for the UK border to be shut to international visitors in March when the pandemic first emerged.

The comments, said to have been made to the Conservative Friends of India group, are contrary to her public defence of the Government’s decision not to enact a full arrivals shutdown.

In comments first reported by political website Guido Fawkes, Ms Patel said: “On ‘should we have closed our borders earlier’, the answer is yes. I was an advocate of closing them last March.”

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Vaccines not doing ‘enough heavy lifting’ to ease lockdown, Vallance says

Vaccines are not doing enough “heavy lifting” at the moment and case rates need to drop further before the Government can think of easing restrictions, the UK’s chief scientific adviser has said.

Sir Patrick Vallance said the country still had a long way to go in battling coronavirus but in a direct message to the public said there was “light at the end of the tunnel”.

It comes as calculations by the PA news agency show the Government needs to hit an average of 384,000 first doses per day to reach a target of vaccinating 15 million of the most vulnerable by February 15.

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92 further deaths and 1,656 new cases reported on Wednesday

Scotland has recorded 92 deaths from coronavirus and 1,656 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 5,468.

The figures are lower than the 7,448 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 166,583 people have now tested positive in Scotland, up from 164,927 the previous day.

The daily test positivity rate is 7.5%, down from 12% on the previous day.

There are 2,003 people in hospital confirmed to have the virus, up 14 in 24 hours, and 156 patients are in intensive care, an increase of six.

Ms Sturgeon said 309,909 have received their first dose of a coronavirus vaccine.

A further 92 people who tested positive for Covid-19 have died and a further 1,656 people have tested positive.

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