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Coronavirus in Scotland: Over 575,000 people have had first dose of vaccine, says Nicola Sturgeon

Nicola Sturgeon has said over 575,000 people have had first dose of the coronavirus vaccine in Scotland.

Speaking at the Scottish Government daily coronavirus briefing on Monday, the First Minister added this included 98% of those living in care homes for older people, and 88% of staff in these homes.

Ms Sturgeon also said that vaccinations for the over-70s have begun – with two mass vaccination centres opening in Edinburgh and Aberdeen.

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Already 14% of the over-75s have been vaccinated.

The First Minster said that by the end of this week, everyone over 70 and everybody in the “extremely clinically vulnerable adults group” will have received an invitation letter.

“We are well on track for everyone in those groups to have received the first dose by mid-February as planned,” she said.

Ms Sturgeon, who is due to make a statement to MSPs on Tuesday, updating them on lockdown, stressed that “the current lockdown is working”, saying the number of infections was falling.

But she added: “That said, case numbers are still high, too high, much higher than we would want them to be, so we need to get them down further – then we need to keep them as low as possible.”

First Minister Nicola Sturgeon.
First Minister Nicola Sturgeon.

While the Scottish Government has already said the current restrictions will last till at least the middle of February, Ms Sturgeon said it would provide some detail on “other steps we are planning to take”.

The First Minister added that “even with the vaccine programme there is still more we need to do”.

Her statement in the Scottish Parliament on Tuesday will set out how Scotland intends to go further than measures already proposed by the UK for quarantine hotels.

She said: “We have already agreed, with other countries across the UK, to introduce supervised quarantine from some countries.

“However, in our view the current UK-wide proposals don’t go far enough, so tomorrow we will provide some more information about the extent to which we intend to operate supervised quarantine here in Scotland.”

Ms Sturgeon said she would also set out measures aimed at making current travel restrictions “more effective”.

She also said: “Tomorrow’s statement is also going to cover some of the measures we will be taking to help us control the virus as we continue to suppress it, and in time gradually start to ease the lockdown restrictions.”

On Monday, Scotland recorded six deaths of coronavirus patients and 848 new cases in the past 24 hours.

The death toll under this measure – of people who first tested positive for the virus within the previous 28 days – is now 6,112.

The First Minister said the daily test positivity rate is 9.5%, up from 8.1% on Sunday when 1,003 new cases were recorded.

There are 1,958 people in hospital confirmed to have Covid-19, up 17 in 24 hours.

Of these, the number of patients in intensive care remains unchanged at 143.

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