Nicola Sturgeon LIVE: 6 new deaths | 1,246 new cases | Pubs, bars and restaurants close from today

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Coronavirus in Scotland LIVE: Friday, October 9, 2020

Key Events

  • New restrictions come in for Scotland’s hospitality
  • 1,246 new cases reported
  • 6 confirmed deaths reported
  • 397 people in hospital with Covid-19
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Jason Leitch: Scotland would hit peak at end of October without action

At this rate, with no further action, we will be at our March peak of new infections per day by the end of October.

Jason Leitch

He said experts estimated there were 2,900 new infections every day and that Scotland’s R number was between 1.3 and 1.7.

Scottish Government defines a cafe:

The Scottish Government has clarified its definition of a cafe ahead of new restrictions that will force restaurants, bars and pubs to close in Scotland for two weeks from Friday. 

There were reports of confusion over the definition.

An establishment whose primary business activity, in the ordinary course of its business, is the sale of non alcoholic drinks, snacks or light meals.

Nicola Sturgeon

FM urges caution over travel

Cash grants for businesses required to close

Ms Sturgeon unveiled the three “strands” of the Scottish Government’s £40 million proposals to help support businesses in Scotland.

They are: 

  • Support for employment
  • Cash grants for businesses forced to close
  • A discretionary fund

Ms Sturgeon said she thought the support for employment may be affected by the Chancellor’s announcement, adding that it was designed to “top up” existing furlough payments.

Sturgeon: ‘Covid is a virus which is deadly for some people'

Today’s total – and indeed all of the deaths that have been recorded in recent days – reminds us again that Covid is a virus which is deadly for some people, as well as being dangerous for many more.

First Minister

Sturgeon calls for Chancellor to help Scotland

The First Minister said the Scottish Government was delaying publishing the details of how it will spend its £40 million of aid for businesses impacted by new restrictions in Scotland, because of an expected announcement from the Treasury today.

She called on Chancellor Rishi Sunak to ensure that any furlough support included in the announcement also covers Scotland. 

“I hope they will have a positive impact on our proposals,” Ms Sturgeon said, "so we will publish the details after we have clarity on that. 

“And I would call on the UK Government to ensure that whatever it announces on the furlough applies to Scotland from tonight.”

New rise in deaths in Scotland

Scotland recorded six deaths of confirmed coronavirus patients in the past 24 hours, Nicola Sturgeon has announced.

This takes the total under this measure – patients who died within 28 days of first testing positive – to 2,544.

Sturgeon ‘sorry’ for impact on hospitality

I am desperately sorry for that, and I know how desperately difficult this is for people trying to make a living.

First Minister

Cafe exemption to prevent ‘loneliness’, says Sturgeon

All licenced bars and restaurants will be required to close indoors and outdoors, from 6pm this evening, in Scotland’s central belt, though takeaways will be permitted. 

There will also be an exemption for cafes, as long as they do not serve alcohol. 

The reason for this caffeine exemption is quite simple. It's to give people, particularly those who may be living alone, and also working from home, somewhere that they can still meet a friend for a coffee and a chat, and we judge that is important to help reduce the loneliness and isolation that comes with some of these restrictions.

Nicola Sturgeon

37,033 positive cases in Scotland since start of outbreak

Ms Sturgeon confirmed that 1,246 people had tested positive in Scotland since yesterday, bringing the total number of infections to 37,033. 

440 were in the NHS Greater Glasgow and Clyde region, 306 in NHS Lanark, and 192 in NHS Lothians.

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