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Coronavirus in Scotland RECAP: Next age group to receive jabs as first mass vaccination centres open in east of Scotland

Last updated: Monday, 01 February, 2021, 13:44

  • Edinburgh and Aberdeen open new vaccination centres
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Nicola Sturgeon due to give a statement in Parliament tomorrow from 2pm

FM will also use Tuesday's statement to update people on plans for community testing of people without Covid-19 symptoms.

This comes after pilot projects were run towards the end of last year, with councils having put forward plans for making "much more extensive use" of community testing.

In addition, the review of restrictions will set out the Scottish Government's position on schools and nurseries and "how and when we might be able to start to resume in-person learning and childcare", as well as expanded testing arrangements for these.

Door-to-door testing taking place in Kent due to concerns over new variant

Door-to-door coronavirus testing in part of Kent will begin on Tuesday morning amid concerns over the South African coronavirus variant.

Kent County Council said the Government has asked for as many people as possible in the ME15 area to be tested following information that the variant may have been identified in the area in a resident who has no links to travel or other variant cases.

Douglas Ross accuses Ms Sturgeon of ‘gliding over the fact’ that Scotland had the lowest daily vaccination figures compared to other UK countries

He told the BBC: 'We are going backwards in Scotland.'

The Moray MP also said he wants the First Minister to explain to Scots why another vote on leaving the UK is “essential” to the country’s recovery from the pandemic.

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Main points so far on briefing:

There have been a further 848 positive cases and six new deaths - figures may be lower then normal due to it being a Monday 

FM to give an update tomorrow on lockdown measures - includes updates on quarantine and schools resuming 

Vaccinations for the over-70s have begun, with two big centres opening in Edinburgh and Aberdeen. 

Vaccine invitation letters will soon be sent to 65 to 69-year-olds in Grampian, Lothian and Greater Glasgow and Clyde

‘We are confident of meeting all of our targets for vaccinating the different groups’, says FM

‘We are on track to have the over-80s, over-70s and clinically vulnerable vaccinated in the next few weeks,’ FM said. 

The Scottish government has been asked by the UK government not to give supply figures, the first minister says. But, notwithstanding that request, UK ministers continue to brief them to the press, which is "a source of frustration".

"We want to get to an understanding where we all agree not to publish them, or we publish them properly and transparently," she adds.

575,897 people have received the first dose of the vaccine in Scotland

98 per cent of all residents in older care homes have been vaccinated 

14 per cent of over-70s have been vaccinated so far as the mass vaccination is well underway 

80 per cent of the over-80 group in the community have been vaccinated 

Many of over-65s will have received their letters this week for their vaccination appointments 

School and early years provision

FM says tomorrow she will set out the government’s most up to date thinking on how and when in-person leaning in childcare and resume, and the plans the country has in place to introduce testing in the education sector. 

‘Supervised quarantine’

FM says she will discuss potential introducing of ‘supervised quarantine’ during her session in Parliament tomorrow. 

‘The current lockdown is working’ FM says

“The vaccine is the most important tool we have at the moment,” FM said. 

“But there is still more we need to do - we need to do all we can to prevent new cases and especially new strains."

She then commented on door-to-door testing taking place in Surrey due to the new South African strain appearing in that region - highlighting the dangers of new variants spreading. 

Nicola Sturgeon said she will address Parliament tomorrow shortly after 2pm rather than give a coronavirus daily briefing

During her session in Parliament she will look at whether or not the current restrictions will be extended - at the moment they will last until at least mid-February 

Latest coronavirus figures:

848 new positive cases have been confirmed bringing the total to 180,533

244 of these were in Greater Glasgow and Clyde, 167 in Lanarkshire, 111 in Lothians 

1,958 people are currently being treated in hospital, 17 more than yesterday 

143 are being treated in intensive care - the same figure as yesterday 

Six new deaths have been recorded in the last 24 hours 

Midlothian among other areas in Scotland record week-on-week rise

Just five local areas in the UK have recorded a week-on-week rise in Covid-19 case rates, while all national and regional rates have now dropped to pre-New Year levels, new analysis shows.

Derbyshire Dales and East Lindsey in the East Midlands, along with Argyll & Bute, East Renfrewshire and Midlothian in Scotland, are the only local authority areas in the country to show an increase in case rates for the seven days to January 27.

In all five areas the week-on-week rise was small.

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