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Nicola Sturgeon news briefing LIVE: The latest Covid-19 updates from Scotland

Last updated: Tuesday, 08 September, 2020, 12:25

  • Pubs face battle for survival with thousands of jobs at risk
  • Scottish food banks see usage more than double
  • Job placements continue to fall across Scotland

Nicola Sturgeon briefing LIVE: FM says provisional data indicates breakdown of new cases is: NHS Greater Glasgow & Clyde: 91; NHS Lanarkshire: 32; NHS Lothian: 16; NHS Ayrshire & Arran: 8. The remaining spread across other 7 mainland health boards.

Nicola Sturgeon news briefing LIVE: Every mainland health board in Scotland reports Covid-19 case.

Nicola Sturgeon news briefing LIVE: Total number of positive cases in Scotland reaches 21,719.

Nicola Sturgeon news briefing LIVE: A further 176 people have tested positive for Covid-19, 2.3% of those newly tested yesterday.

Nicola Sturgeon news briefing LIVE: Three further deaths from Covid-19 in past 24 hours in Scotland.

First Minister Nicola Sturgeon will hold a virtual coronavirus briefing at 12.15pm with national clinical director Jason Leitch.

Food banks see usage more than double through Covid-19

Independent food banks in Scotland have seen the use of their services more than double amid the coronavirus pandemic, according to new data.

The Independent Food Aid Network (IFAN) recorded a 113% increase in emergency parcel distribution between February and July.

It is now calling on the Scottish and UK governments to take more measures to address what it describes as “escalating poverty”.

Sabine Goodwin, IFAN co-ordinator, said: “Independent food banks in Scotland have seen a doubling in need for their support – the writing is on the wall.

“Even more people are going to be thrown into financial crisis in the coming months, and food banks cannot continue to pick up the pieces of a broken benefit system and insufficient wages.

“The Scottish and UK governments, as well as local authorities, must do all they can to prioritise access to ‘cash first’ solutions for people unable to afford food.”

Pubs face battle for survival with thousands of jobs at risk, survey suggests

Up to 12,500 jobs could be lost in Scotland’s bars and pubs, with nearly nine in 10 premises reporting a drop in revenue, a survey has found.

The Scottish Licensed Trade Association (SLTA) has released a survey showing the industry faces a “battle for survival” as a result of Covid-19.

Responses from 600 premises found 45% of owners do not expect to return to normal trading until a vaccine for the disease is found.

Some 85% reported a decline in footfall while 89% have experienced a drop in revenue.

The survey, sponsored by KPMG, found revenues have dropped by more than half from the same period last year at 38% of premises.

Social distancing regulations have also had an impact, with pubs and bars spending an average of £2,500 per outlet to comply with the rules.

Job placements continue to fall across Scotland

Permanent and temporary job placements continued to fall in Scotland during August, according to new data.

Figures from the Royal Bank of Scotland show a current seven-month trend of reduction in job placements, although the rate is reducing.

Permanent placements were 4.4 points behind last month, while temporary were two points behind July.

The trend between Scotland and the UK diverged in August, as temporary jobs rose sharply at the national level.

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