Coronavirus in Scotland RECAP: 38 deaths from Covid and 951 positive cases in past 24 hours

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The latest updates on Covid-19 in Scotland.
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Coronavirus in Scotland LIVE: The latest updates on Wednesday

Key Events

  • First Scottish vaccinations in 'next six days'
  • Nicola Sturgeon welcomes approval of new vaccine for use
  • Scotland records 38 deaths on Wednesday
  • 951 positive cases reported
  • Christmas school holidays ruling expected this week
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While lateral flow tests return quicker results, they are vastly less sensitive than the PCR screenings.

Ms Freeman said: “It’s possible that not all homes will be able to make lateral flow tests available before Christmas, so we are also planning to make PCR testing of visitors available when that is necessary after the festive period.”

Initially, Health Secretary Jeane Freeman said the testing regime would be rolled out in the new year but the First Minister has said kits will be sent to all care homes by December 14.

The Scottish Government pledged to expand testing to those visiting care home residents last month and a trial has been announced for 15 care homes in five council areas.

Care home visitors will be tested using lateral flow technology from next week in Scotland, First Minister Nicola Sturgeon has said.

Nicola Sturgeon: “Today’s news should give all of us real hope”.

First fixed mass coronavirus testing site for Scots without symptoms launched

Scotland’s first fixed community testing site for people without Covid-19 symptoms has opened in Renfrewshire.

The drop-in facility in Johnstone will be able to check over the next eight days if up to 12,000 asymptomatic residents have the virus.

They will be tested using lateral flow devices, which can give results in about 45 minutes.

Health Secretary Jeane Freeman said: “The opening of this site is an important milestone in the expansion of Scotland’s testing programme to contain and suppress Covid-19 to the lowest possible level, particularly in high prevalence areas like Renfrewshire.

“There is no need to book in advance and I encourage everyone who lives, works or attends school in Johnstone to get tested over the next week.

“As well as helping to slow spread of the virus locally, the results of the community testing pilots will also inform our plans for wider community testing from January next year.”

The Community Asymptomatic Test (CAT) site is the first of its kind in Scotland.

First Scottish vaccinations in ‘next six days’

Vaccinations will start in Scotland from next Tuesday, First Minister Nicola Sturgeon has said.

Speaking at the coronavirus briefing in Edinburgh on Wednesday, Ms Sturgeon said that it will be likely to take into the new year for the two required jabs to be given out.

Those giving out vaccines will be the first to be inoculated, followed by health and social care staff, people over 80 and residents in care homes.

The Pfizer BioNTech vaccine which was approved on Wednesday presents some logistical challenges, the First Minister said, including transporting them to individual homes.

She added: “Overall, however, the high probability that vaccines will start is welcome and I think it is much-needed positive news for all of us.”

The First Minister went on to say that the end of the pandemic in Scotland was “in sight”.

Nicola Sturgeon: “The end of this pandemic is in sight.”

Nicola Sturgeon, speaking at the coronavirus briefing, said this may be “the beginning of the end” of the pandemic, but urged Scots not to be complacent.”

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