Nicola Sturgeon Speech RECAP: Everything the First Minister said about Scotland's lockdown tier system

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Last updated: Tuesday, 17 November, 2020, 16:58

  • Level 4 restrictions for 11 local authorities
  • Infection rate still ‘cause for significant concern’, says Sturgeon
  • Frontline staff should be paid extra £2 per hour, says STUC
  • 37 new Covid deaths in Scotland in last 24 hours
  • FM confirmed a further 1,248 new cases of the virus in Scotland

Here is all of our comprehensive coverage from the First Minister’s speech to MSPs

Coronavirus in Scotland: here is First Minister Nicola Sturgeon's lockdown speech in full

Speaking in parliament this afternoon First Minister Nicola Sturgeon announced a number of changes to the current lockdown tier system in Scotland in the run up to Christmas.

Explore Scotland's new coronavirus restriction levels with our interactive map

Explore Scotland’s latest coronavirus restrictions levels, area by area, with our interactive map.

Legal travel ban to and from Scottish Covid hotspots introduced

A legal ban on travel in and out of Covid hotspots across Scotland is to be introduced to halt the transmission of the virus, First Minister Nicola Sturgeon has announced.

Fife to remain in level three of lockdown restrictions, says First Minister

Fife will remain in Level 3 according to the First Minister.

Coronavirus in Scotland: East Lothian and Midlothian to move down to level two lockdown

The First Minister announced that East Lothian and Midlothian will move down from level three to level two Coronavirus restrictions next Tuesday following a ‘marked decline’ in infection rates in these areas.

Coronavirus in Scotland: All the areas moved to level four lockdown restrictions

The First Minister announced this afternoon that the west of Scotland areas including Greater Glasgow and Clyde and Lanarkshire will move from level three to level four Coronavirus restrictions from Friday onwards.

First Minister announces that West Lothian will be placed in level four lockdown restrictions

Nicola Sturgeon announced at Parliament today that West Lothian will be placed in level four lockdown from Friday onwards alongside many local authorities in the west of Scotland.

Edinburgh to stay in level three restrictions, says First Minister Nicola Sturgeon

Edinburgh will remain in level three lockdown with East Lothian and Midlothian moving to level two, following the First Minister’s review of local authority restrictions at Parliament today.

Frontline staff should be paid extra £2 per hour, says STUC

The Scottish Trades Union Congress (STUC) has urged the Scottish and UK Governments to increase pay for frontline workers.

Roz Foyer, the general secretary of the group, will tell its annual congress on Tuesday that an extra £2 per hour should be given to NHS staff, carers, workers in retail and transport and those who helped to keep social security programmes running through the pandemic.

During the first wave of Covid-19 earlier this year, people across the country applauded key workers outside their homes for their efforts.

Ms Foyer will tell the congress that “claps and rainbows don’t pay the bills”.

West of Scotland braced for potential move into highest level of restrictions

Parts of the west of Scotland could move into Level 4 restrictions later this week, with First Minister Nicola Sturgeon to announce her decision on Tuesday.

On Monday, Ms Sturgeon said at the Scottish Government’s coronavirus briefing that rates in Greater Glasgow and Clyde and Lanarkshire health board areas are “stubbornly high”.

The First Minister suggested a “limited period” of the strictest measures – moving from Level 3 to Level 4 – could allow an easing around Christmas.

She said the prevalence of the virus is causing concern and could mean regional hospital and intensive care services may not be able to cope as winter continues.

Under the toughest restrictions, non-essential shops will be closed, along with bars, restaurants, hairdressers and visitor attractions.

Schools will remain open, however, with the First Minister saying on Monday it is her “objective and intention” to ensure they do not close.

Funeral director creates guide to share Covid learning

A funeral director who is preparing for a second wave of Covid-related deaths has used the experiences of professionals in the industry to create a guide to help support bereaved people.

Sarah Jones, funeral director at Full Circle Funerals, said she and her colleagues had been on a “steep learning curve” since March but had overcome the difficulties to successfully adapt how funeral services can be delivered safely while meeting the needs of the bereaved.

She said many of those in the funeral industry had stepped up to become a support network for people who might otherwise be isolated due to coronavirus restrictions and wanted to share their learning to help others.

Ms Jones said the West Yorkshire-based company was not overwhelmed in the first wave of coronavirus but is “confident” in the systems and procedures she put in place during that time.

She said: “We have had people in our care who have died with Covid, although we never saw anything here like I know people did in other parts of the country, and we are prepared for a second wave.”

Hancock unable to rule out lockdown extension amid warning of strengthened tiers

Matt Hancock was unable to rule out an extension to the lockdown as a health chief warned the tiered system that ministers want England to return to may have to be strengthened.

The Health Secretary said it was “too early for us to know” whether coronavirus cases will be brought down sufficiently to ease the second shutdown on December 2.

Boris Johnson hopes the nation will return to local restrictions, but Public Health England’s Dr Susan Hopkins – standing alongside Mr Hancock at the Downing Street press conference on Monday – said the lowest tier of earlier measures had had “little effect”.

EasyJet nosedives into the red with first ever full-year loss

Low-cost carrier easyJet has slumped to the first ever full-year loss in its 25-year history as the coronavirus crisis sent it nosediving into the red by £1.27 billion.

The group’s pre-tax loss for the year to September 30 comes after passenger numbers halved to 48.1 million as the pandemic crippled the aviation industry.

It warned it expects to fly no more than around 20% of planned services in the first quarter of its year to next September as a relentless second wave of the pandemic batters demand.

EasyJet’s losses compare with profits of £430 million the previous year.

On an underlying basis, easyJet reported pre-tax losses of £835 million against profits of £427 million the previous year, which was in line with expectations.

One in four Scots say pandemic will have negative impact on their mental health

One in four people say the pandemic will have a negative effect on their mental health in the future, according to new research.

The Royal College of Psychiatrists in Scotland study also found that for those who had experienced a mental health problem before the pandemic, one third (33%) said their condition had worsened since March 2020.

A poll of 1,055 people from across Scotland found that 40% of those questioned think the pandemic will be damaging to their mental health over the next year.

Just under a third (32%) thought mental health services across Scotland are bad and almost half (46%) said the Scottish Government is investing too little in mental health services during the coronavirus pandemic.

The Royal College of Psychiatrists (RCPsych) in Scotland is now calling for more investment and commitment for mental health services, to deal with the forthcoming demand.

Prof Linda Bauld says public may not follow guidance if restrictions are not lifted for Christmas


Prof Linda Bauld says public may not follow guidance if restrictions are not lifted for Christmas

One of Scotland’s leading public health experts has warned there may be a problem with compliance unless there is some temporary easing of Covid restrictions over the Christmas period.

Tier 4 Scotland: lockdown rules and restrictions for areas in level 4 - as First Minister hints at Glasgow upgrade


Tier 4 Scotland: lockdown rules and restrictions for areas in level 4 - as First Minister hints at Glasgow upgrade

Much of the West of Scotland could soon be under level four coronavirus restrictions.

More than 68,000 deaths involving Covid-19 in the UK

More than 68,000 deaths involving Covid-19 have now occurred in the UK, new figures show.

A total of 65,546 deaths have so far been registered in the UK where Covid-19 was mentioned on the death certificate, according to the latest reports from the UK’s statistics agencies.

This includes 59,549 deaths in England and Wales up to November 6 (and registered up to November 14), which were confirmed by the ONS on Tuesday.

Since these statistics were compiled, a further 2,228 deaths are known to have occurred in England, plus 106 in Scotland, 143 in Wales and 90 in Northern Ireland, according to additional data published on the Government’s coronavirus dashboard.

Together, these totals mean that so far 68,113 deaths involving Covid-19 have taken place in the UK.

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