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Coronavirus in Scotland LIVE: The latest updates on Tuesday

Last updated: Tuesday, 15 September, 2020, 09:58

  • Stricter lockdown restrictions for Greater Glasgow to continue
  • Unemployment in Scotland rises amid pandemic
  • 267 positive Covid-19 cases in Scotland in past 24 hours
  • One new death has been registered
  • Sturgeon warns of fake callers claiming to work for Test and Protect

The death of one confirmed Covid-19 patient has been reported in the past 24 hours, Nicola Sturgeon said.

The First Minister told the Scottish Government’s coronavirus briefing the death toll under this measurement, which involves patients who first tested positive in the previous 28 days, is now 2,500.

She also said the way statistics are reported on people in hospital and intensive care with the virus is changing.

A total of 267 people have tested positive for coronavirus in Scotland in the past 24 hours, Nicola Sturgeon said.

Speaking at the Scottish Government coronavirus briefing, the First Minister said the figure has risen from 22,749 on Monday.

These new cases represent 3.6% of newly-tested individuals, up from 2.7% on Monday.

Ms Sturgeon warned a UK-wide testing backlog means these figures will likely include more results from over the past few days than normal.

Of the new cases, 101 are in Greater Glasgow and Clyde, 59 are in Lanarkshire, 53 in Lothian and 12 in Ayrshire and Arran.

101 of the new cases were in Greater Glasgow and Clyde, 59 were in Lanarkshire, 53 were in Lothian, 13 were in Ayrshire and Arran. The remaining 41 were spread around the other health board areas

Nicola Sturgeon daily briefing LIVE: The latest daily positive cases are reported at 267 with 101 in the Greater Glasgow and Clyde area

Priti Patel would report neighbours over ‘rule of six’ breaches

The Home Secretary has said she would report breaches of the “rule of six” coronavirus restrictions, while suggesting that families stopping to talk in the street could be breaking the new laws.

Priti Patel said she would report her neighbours if it was a gathering of more than six, as she defended the Government over an exemption which says larger groups will be allowed to go hunting.

It comes as the national chairman of the Police Federation of England and Wales called for guidance over enforcement of the measures.

When asked if she would call the police on her neighbours if they breached the new rule, Ms Patel told BBC Breakfast on Tuesday: “I don’t spend my time looking into people’s gardens.”

Pressed on the topic, she said: “I think anybody would want to take responsibility and ensure we’re not spreading this awful disease and therefore if I saw gatherings of more than six people clearly I would report that.”

7,739 deaths registered in England and Wales in a week

A total of 7,739 deaths were registered in England and Wales in the week ending September 4, according to the Office for National Statistics (ONS) – 1,443 deaths below the five-year average of 9,182.

The week to September 4 included the late August bank holiday, which meant fewer deaths would have been registered than in a normal working week.

Of those deaths registered during the week, 78 mentioned Covid-19 on the death certificate – down from 101 in the previous week.

Two families chatting in park is ‘mingling’, says Home Secretary

Asked if two families of four stopping for a chat on the way to the park constituted “mingling”, Home Secretary Priti Patel told BBC Radio 4’s Today programme: “It is mingling.

“I think it is absolutely mingling.

“You have got to put this in the context of coronavirus and keeping distance, wearing masks.

“The rule of six is about making sure that people are being conscientious and not putting other people’s health at risk.”

Ms Patel added: “Mingling is people coming together. That is my definition of mingling.”

‘Second wave’ had led to surge in demand for tests, says Oxford professor

Sir John Bell, regius professor of medicine at Oxford University, who has been overseeing the Government’s antibody test programme and advising ministers, told BBC Radio 4’s Today programme that a “second wave” of Covid-19 had led to a surge in demand for tests.

He said: “I think what’s going wrong is the second wave.

“A month ago they had spare capacity in testing – significant spare capacity – but I think what has been underestimated was the speed at which the second wave would arrive, but also the pressure put on the system from children returning to school, and the testing demands associated with that, and people increasingly out and about.

“So, I think they are definitely behind the curve in terms of getting the necessary tests for what we need today.”

Unemployment in Scotland rises amid pandemic

Unemployment in Scotland rose between May and July amid the coronavirus pandemic, according to latest figures.

Data from the Office for National Statistics (ONS) shows that the unemployment rate for people aged 16 and over increased to 4.6% (128,000) over that period, a 0.1% increase on the previous quarter.

This was higher than the the UK wide rate of 4.1%.

The proportion of people aged 16-64 in employment also rose to 74.3% (2.65 million), a 0.1% increase on the previous quarter.

Stricter lockdown restrictions for Greater Glasgow to continue

Stricter lockdown restrictions which have been imposed on the Greater Glasgow area will continue for another week, the Scottish Government has announced.

The measures on meetings in indoor household settings will remain in place across seven regions until the next review on Tuesday September 22 after being recommended by the National Incident Management Team chaired by Public Health Scotland.

Originally the tougher restrictions were put in place in the Glasgow City Council area as well as West Dunbartonshire and East Renfrewshire.

Rising numbers of Covid-19 cases in west central Scotland meant they were later extended to Renfrewshire, East Dunbartonshire and North and South Lanarkshire.

First Minister Nicola Sturgeon said it was “clearly regrettable that these restrictions need to continue”.

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