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Coronavirus in Scotland RECAP: Monday, January 18, 2021

Last updated: Monday, 18 January, 2021, 13:11

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  • £2m NHS contract for vaccine support goes to KPMG
  • All adults in UK to be offered Covid jab ‘by September’
  • Scottish hospitals face record numbers of Covid patients
  • UK Travel Corridors shut from today
  • Gregor Smith ‘really concerned’ by Covid-19 vaccine misinformation

Gregor Smith ‘really concerned’ by Covid-19 vaccine misinformation

‘It preys on people's anxiety’: CMO Gregor Smith ‘really concerned’ by vaccine misinformation

Scotland’s most senior health chief has revealed his is “really concerned” by coronavirus vaccine misinformation, as he warned Scots to avoid spurious claims on social media.

Funding boost for taxi drivers

Nicola Sturgeon also provided an update on additional support for taxi drivers, who have seen their incomes fall during the pandemic.

The Scottish Government has allocated £57 million to help 38,000 private hire and taxi drivers.

Local councils will contact drivers directly to help them get grants of £1,500. Ms Sturgeon said this cash was “intended to help taxi drivers meet their first costs at a time when they are receiving very little income”.

£750,000 to support unpaid carers

The First Minister has announced an additional £750,000 to support unpaid carers.

She said the money will be mainly directed to local carer centres.

NHS medicine delivery service to be given £5 million in funds

Ms Sturgeon said the NHS-run service, which is available to 1.5 million people in Scotland, will be given £5 million of funding.

It is hoped that the funds will help those who have been shielding, or find it difficult to get to their pharmacy, to access much-needed medication. 

The most important message about travel just now remains a very simple one - don't.

Nicola Sturgeon

Cabinet to discuss extending lockdown in Scotland

Ms Sturgeon has confirmed that she will give a statement to the Scottish Parliament tomorrow, following a cabinet meeting to decide whether the lockdown should be extended past the end of January. 

FM says aim to vaccinate all priority groups by end of Spring

We aim to reach the whole of the JCVI priority list by early May

Nicola Sturgeon

No deaths recorded in Scotland

The First Minister said no deaths have been recorded, meaning the death toll under this measure – of people who first tested positive for the virus within the previous 28 days – stands at 5,305.

She said the low figure was likely down to the fact that registry offices tend to be closed at weekends.

Number of vaccinated Scots increases

Ms Sturgeon confirmed that 264,991 people in Scotland had received their first dose of a coronavirus vaccine.

Sturgeon to announce tomorrow whether schools will reopen

Nicola Sturgeon to announce tomorrow whether schools will reopen in Scotland

Pupils will know whether they will be able to return to school in February tomorrow with Nicola Sturgeon set to announce the results of a review of the decision to close schools due to Covid-19.

1,959 Scots in hospital with Covid-19

First Minister Nicola Sturgeon has confirmed that 1,959 Scots are currently in hospital with Covid-19. She said the figure is “significantly higher” than the peak of hospitalisations during the first wave of the virus, and said it “demonstrated the pressure” the NHS was under. 

146 people are currently in Scotland’s intensive care units. 

Additionally, 1,429 new cases of the virus were identified in the last 24 hours, accounting for 12.3% of those people who were tested over the same period.

Scottish Government planning introduction of ‘quarantine hotels’

Scottish Government planning introduction of ‘quarantine hotels’ to prevent spread of coronavirus from overseas

Health officials are considering the creation of so-called “quarantine hotels” in Scotland to curb the number of new coronavirus cases entering the country from abroad.

UK Travel Corridors shut from today

A ban on quarantine-free travel into the UK came into force at 4am today in a bid to keep out new coronavirus strains – such as those which have been discovered in Brazil and South Africa.

The new rules mean arrivals from every destination will need to self-isolate for 10 days, or receive a negative result from a coronavirus test taken at least five days after they enter the UK.

Passengers flying in from overseas will now also have to show proof of a negative Covid test before setting off – as part of rules which had been due to come into force last week.

The Foreign Secretary said on Sunday that checks at the border would be strengthened as the new measures enter into effect, and vowed to “beef up” capacity to ensure people are adhering to quarantine rules.

But the Government faced criticism from Professor John Edmunds, a member of the Government’s Scientific Advisory Group for Emergencies (Sage), who said the approach to quarantining foreign arrivals and contacts of coronavirus cases had been “pretty lax” so far.

Downing Street vows to offer vaccine to over 70s

Coronavirus vaccines will be offered to millions of over 70s and the clinically extremely vulnerable from this week as the Government expands the rollout amid a border crackdown to keep out new strains.

More than 3.8 million people in the UK – including over-80s, care home residents, and NHS and social care staff – have already received their first dose of a Covid-19 vaccine, but from Monday it will be rolled out to the next two priority groups.

The Government said it would remain the priority to vaccinate those in the first two groups, but that sites which have enough supply and capacity to vaccinate more people will be allowed to offer jabs to the next cohorts.

Boris Johnson has pledged to offer vaccinations to the first four priority groups by the middle of next month, while Dominic Raab said on Sunday that all adults would be offered a first dose by September.

Scottish hospitals face record numbers of Covid patients

More people are now in hospital with coronavirus in Scotland than at any time during the pandemic – despite new infections falling to the lowest level in almost three weeks.

Coronavirus in Scotland: Scottish hospitals face record numbers of Covid patients despite fall in infections

More people are now in hospital with coronavirus in Scotland than at any time during the pandemic, despite new infections falling to the lowest level in almost three weeks.

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