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Coronavirus in Scotland LIVE: The latest updates on Friday
Last updated: Friday, 11 September, 2020, 11:25
- More than half a million download Protect Scotland app
- School exams in Scotland to be held again next year
- Maximum size of gatherings in Scotland cut to six
Nicola Sturgeon says the provisional data indicates the breakdown of new cases is as follows: NHS Greater Glasgow & Clyde: 80; NHS Lanarkshire: 39; NHS Lothian: 24; NHS Ayrshire & Arran: 12. Remaining 20 spread across six other health board areas.
Nicola Sturgeon news briefing LIVE
A total of 175 people have tested positive for coronavirus across Scotland in the past 24 hours, First Minister Nicola Sturgeon said.
She told the Scottish Government’s coronavirus briefing 22,214 people have now tested positive for the virus in Scotland, up from 22,039 on Thursday.
These cases are 2.7% of people newly tested, up from 1.9% the previous day.
Ms Sturgeon said no more deaths of confirmed patients have been recorded in the past 24 hours and this toll remains at 2,499.
Of the new cases, provisional figures indicate 80 are in Greater Glasgow and Clyde, 39 in Lanarkshire and 24 in Lothian.
She said the situation in Lanarkshire is “causing particular concern” and consideration is being given to whether additional restrictions may have to applied.
The First Minister said there are 269 people in hospital confirmed to have the virus, up by three in 24 hours.
Of these patients, eight were in intensive care, a rise of one.
Nicola Sturgeon news briefing LIVE: 175 new cases in past 24 hours.
Nicola Sturgeon news briefing LIVE: No further deaths in past 24 hours
The First Minister will shortly begin her coronavirus briefing, where she will be joined by Dr Nicola Steedman, the interim Deputy Chief Medical Officer. Follow it live here.
Coronavirus app to be rolled out in England and Wales this month
The Covid-19 app will be launched across England and Wales on September 24, the Department of Health and Social Care said.
Ahead of the roll-out businesses including pubs, restaurants, hairdressers and cinemas are being urged to ensure they have NHS QR code posters visible on entry so customers who have downloaded the new app can use their smartphones to check-in.
The department said ongoing trials in the London Borough of Newham, on the Isle of Wight and with NHS Volunteer Responders show the app is “highly effective when used alongside traditional contact tracing to identify contacts of those who have tested positive for coronavirus”.
Consultation seeks to address impact of pandemic on prostitution
The impact of coronavirus on prostitution is to be explored in a Scottish Government consultation.
Ministers are asking for observations on the affect the pandemic has had on women involved in the sex industry.
A paper published alongside the Government consultation said concerns have been reported that during lockdown, “women in prostitution were resorting to higher-risk practices” such as offering unprotected sex.
The consultation also asks if the Scottish Government’s current approach to tackling prostitution is sufficient to prevent violence against women and girls.
Face masks to be made compulsory in shops and indoor spaces in Wales
Face masks will become compulsory in shops and indoor spaces in Wales from Monday, the First Minister has said.
Mark Drakeford said the country has reached a threshold where 20 people in 100,000 are suffering from coronavirus.
But if the rate falls and Covid-19 is “effectively suppressed”, the Welsh Government will revisit the issue, he said.
Wales will make indoor meetings of more than six people illegal from Monday, though children under the age of 12 will not count towards that total.
Details of today’s Scottish Government coronavirus briefing
First Minister Nicola Sturgeon will hold a coronavirus briefing at 12.15pm with interim deputy chief medical officer Dr Nicola Steedman.
‘Matter of regret’ that BBC has changed its approach to briefings, says John Swinney
It is a “matter of regret” that the BBC has decided to stop providing live television coverage for all of Nicola Sturgeon’s coronavirus briefings, John Swinney has said.
From Monday, it is understood that the broadcaster will decide whether to televise the briefings based on “editorial merit”, while continuing to stream them online.
The Deputy First Minister said the televised briefings are an “important channel of communication” and especially useful for older people.
He was asked about the decision during an interview on the BBC’s Good Morning Scotland radio programme.
“I think it’s a matter of regret,” he said.
“There’s a lot of commentary from people who are talking about, for example, older people who maybe don’t have access to internet technology, who actually look to the briefing to give them clarity about what is happening in relation to coronavirus.”