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Nicola Sturgeon briefing RECAP: 50 new deaths recorded in Scotland in 24 hours

Last updated: Wednesday, 04 November, 2020, 11:49

  • 1,433 new cases in Scotland as country records 50 new deaths in 24 hours 
  • First Minister urges the public not to travel to England or abroad 
  • More than one million people have been tested for Covid-19 in Scotland

FM urges the public not to travel to England or abroad in a bid to prevent further spread of the virus

Earlier during First Minister’s Questions, Nicola Sturgeon said she is thinking of bringing in a ‘don’t travel’ regulation  

Of the new cases recorded since yesterday:

602 are in Greater Glasgow and Clyde

318 are in Lanarkshire 

163 are in Lothian 

88 are in Ayrshire and Arran

All other cases have been confirmed from the nine other health boards across the country 

Coronavirus figures update:

1,433 new cases confirmed across Scotland 

50 new deaths recorded in the last 24 hours 

The total number of confirmed cases in Scotland is 68,444. 

Nicola Sturgeon said she’s had a Cobra meeting and discussions with the four nations about Christmas plans, though they are not as often as she hoped for

“One of the things that was agreed between the four nations on Monday was that we would try to reach a common position around Christmas generally.”

She said the four nations are aiming to have as much consistency with rules as possible. 

 The First Minister announced several measures are being considered with regards to getting students home for Christmas. 

The Scottish Government is  looking at staggered term ends, how testing is used, advice on behaviour and isolation and the balance of in-person and blended learning at the start of the new term.

First Minister due to give daily briefing at 12.15pm this afternoon

Still no clearer on furlough scheme for Scotland

FM said Scotland is still in the dark about whether or not the 80 per cent furlough scheme is fully guaranteed. 

She stressed the importance of details for the furlough scheme and added "we do not yet have clarity from the Treasury yet on that".

Nicola Sturgeon said she is considering a ‘don’t travel’ regulation in light of the second wave

Speaking to the Covid Committee this morning, the First Minister warned that the country is still in a delicate position with the virus, particularly as winter lies ahead, and efforts to lower cases are essential. 

FM said four nations may be divided over approach to Christmas this year

For Scotland, the option for students going home over the festive period is being looked at, but there will be rules in place. 

Some of the new suggestions in place to prevent further spread of the virus include staggered end points to terms, testing to facilitate the return of students after Christmas, advice on behaviour and potential isolation for students before going home the balance of blended learning in the new year.

Ms Sturgeon added that she hopes there will be as much consistency as possible across the four nations in their approach. 

FM says today’s coronavirus figures are higher than what has been recorded recently and there has been a ‘spike’ in deaths

‘We have had an increase in new cases and a spike in deaths today compared to what we’ve seen recently,' said First Minister Nicola Sturgeon. 

She is yet to confirm the exact number for today’s cases, which is expected to be announced during her 12.15pm briefing. 

MSP Monica Lennon speaking in this morning’s Covid committee meeting says there are “strong hints” Lanarkshire might end up in Level 4.

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