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Coronavirus in Scotland RECAP: 78 deaths of Covid patients and 2,649 new cases in past 24-hour period

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Last updated: Thursday, 07 January, 2021, 13:31

  • Scotland records 78 more coronavirus deaths in 24 hours
  • 2,649 more people have tested positive for Covid-19
  • BBC Scotland to air educational shows to help with home learning
  • UK records highest daily Covid-19 death toll since April

Care home resident, 104, becomes one of the oldest to receive Covid-19 vaccine

A 104-year-old care home resident has become one of the oldest people to receive a coronavirus vaccine.

Joyce Birrell, who lives at Foxholes Care Home near the market town of Hitchin, Hertfordshire, received the Pfizer/BioNTech vaccine on Thursday as part of the nationwide programme.

She was vaccinated alongside Usha Gandecha, the manager of the home, and all 70 residents.

Ms Gandecha said Mrs Birrell was “thrilled” to be one of the first to receive the jab.

A further 661 people who tested positive for coronavirus have died in hospital in England, bringing the total number of confirmed deaths reported in hospitals to 53,730, NHS England said on Thursday.

Labour leader Sir Keir Starmer has said there is a “national duty” to give people confidence to get vaccinated against coronavirus and called for more volunteers to help with the rollout.

Coronavirus in Scotland: Queen Elizabeth University Hospital turned away emergency calls after becoming ‘overwhelmed with covid cases’

Ban on evictions will be extended to end of March

The ban on evictions in Scotland will be extended until at least March 31, Nicola Sturgeon has said.

The First Minister said the regulations preventing most evictions from the private and social rented sectors would continue beyond the current end date of January 22.

Ms Sturgeon said evictions would only go ahead in limited cases such as anti-social behaviour.

In December, a total ban on evictions during the winter period was announced.

Covid-19 linked deaths in Scotland rise to more than 6,600

Deaths of people with confirmed or suspected coronavirus in Scotland have risen to 6,686, the latest figures indicate.

National Records of Scotland (NRS) statistics record 383 such deaths being registered between December 21 – the previous update – and January 3, the latest data available.

The statistics cover all deaths registered in Scotland where Covid-19 was mentioned on the death certificate.

They differ from the lab-confirmed coronavirus deaths announced daily by the Scottish Government because the NRS figures include suspected or probable cases of Covid-19.

Hospitality sector warning after ‘worst December trading in living memory’

Most hospitality businesses are not viable after the “worst December’s trading in living memory”, an industry body has warned.

The Scottish Hospitality Group said its members took only 20% of last year’s earnings during the Christmas trading period, losing on average £12,000 in revenue per week per premises.

SHG said the support available during the coronavirus pandemic is “completely inadequate” and claimed that in many cases what there is has not appeared months after it was promised.

The group, which represents several large hospitality companies, said the massive cut in revenue will impact payments for property and equipment rent and utilities until at least the summer, affecting suppliers, investors such as pension funds and others who depend on the industry.

Stephen Montgomery, SHG spokesman, said: “Without Christmas, when we earn around 30% of our entire annual income, most hospitality businesses just aren’t viable.

“We’ve had the worst December’s trading in living memory and we’re facing the worst start to a year ever. Instead of helping, our political leaders are squabbling with each other. It’s like arguing about who throws the lifebelt when someone’s already under water.”

First Minister Nicola Sturgeon has said she “strongly suspects” that health workers want people to comply with public health measures.

Speaking at the coronavirus briefing in Edinburgh, she addressed the new Clap for Heroes, which will see people applaud the work of key workers from the doorsteps as was the case earlier in the pandemic.

Ms Sturgeon said: “In mentioning this, don’t take from this that I am in any way against that, everything we can do to show appreciation for those working so hard on our behalf is important.

“But I strongly suspect that what most frontline NHS workers really want from the public just now is for all of us to do everything we can to stop the virus spreading.

“So please, I’m asking everybody, heed this message and please help to get it across to everyone you know who might not be watching right not: Stay at home, protect the NHS, save lives.

“That is now, just as important as it was last March and I ask everybody to take it just as seriously as they did back then.”

More patients caught Covid while in hospital during second wave, stats suggest

More patients were definitely or probably infected with Covid-19 while in hospital during the second wave of coronavirus, according to official figures.

Public Health Scotland found 1,058 people definitely caught coronavirus while in hospital between the start of the pandemic and July 19.

A further 273 infections probably occurred on hospital wards during that time.

There was then a five-week period from July 20 to August 23 with no definite cases and just two probable infections in Scottish hospitals.

But since then, 1,045 definite cases of hospital transmission and 556 probable cases have been recorded.

However, there were almost 70,000 more cases in the community during the second wave, according to the official data, and the highest number of weekly infections were recorded during the first wave.

A ban on evictions during the coronavirus pandemic has been extended by the Scottish Government, Nicola Sturgeon has announced.

In December, the Scottish Government put regulations into force to ensure that eviction notices cannot be actioned during the pandemic, however, the rules were due to lapse at the end of this month.

Ms Sturgeon told the coronavirus briefing in Edinburgh on Thursday that the regulations would be extended until March 31.

She said: “Since those regulations were introduced, we’ve seen a major increase in new cases and the new variant is gaining ground rapidly.

“If anything, there’s now an even greater public health need to prevent evictions than there was even back in December.

“It’s become even more important to stop people from needing to find a new home or perhaps from having to move in with a different household.”

Nicola Sturgeon says all over-80s will receive first dose ‘within next four weeks’

From next week, Nicola Sturgeon said, vaccination figures in Scotland will be published every weekday.

The First Minister has faced pressure from opposition politicians to ensure figures are regularly published.

A weekly publication by Public Health Scotland will also offer a more detailed breakdown of those who have been vaccinated.

“Vaccination ultimately is what will provide us with a route out of this pandemic, so we are absolutely determined to ensure that as many people as possible are vaccinated just as quickly as it is possible to do so,” the First Minister said.

A total of 113,459 people in Scotland have received their first vaccination as of Sunday, Nicola Sturgeon has said.

The figure only encompasses those who have received their first dose of the Pfizer vaccine, with the Oxford/AstraZeneca inoculation being first used on Monday.

The Scottish Government is also half way through vaccinating residents in care homes, the First Minister said.

“That is extremely important, as you have just heard, more than a third of people who died from Covid last week died in our care homes,” she said.

“We very much hope that the vaccine will very soon start to significantly reduce the risk of care home residents becoming ill with the virus.”

Highest number of daily Covid cases in Scotland since start of pandemic

Scotland has recorded 78 deaths of coronavirus patients and 2,649 new cases in the past 24 hours, according to official figures.

The death toll under this measure – of people who first tested positive for the virus within the previous 28 days – is now 4,779.

Scottish Government statistics indicate the daily test positivity rate is 11.3%, up from 10.5% on Wednesday, when 2,039 positive cases were recorded.

A total of 143,715 people have tested positive in Scotland since the start of the pandemic.

There are 1,467 people in hospital confirmed to have Covid-19, up 83 from 1,384 in 24 hours.

Of these patients, 100 are in intensive care.

Latest NRS figures make grim reading

A total of 6,686 people have died in Scotland with confirmed or suspected coronavirus, according to the National Records of Scotland (NRS).

This is a rise of 383 between December 21 and January 3.

In the week between December 21 and 27 200 deaths were registered, a fall of three from the previous week.

Between December 28 and January 3 – the latest statistics available – this fell to 183 but the NRS warned as there were fewer registrations than usual in these weeks due to public holidays, death registrations are likely to be lower than the actual numbers of deaths in this period.

In the week to January 3 the majority of deaths – 111 – were in hospitals, with 63 in care homes and nine at home or in a non-institutional setting.

The statistics cover all deaths registered in Scotland where Covid-19 was mentioned on the death certificate.

They differ from the lab-confirmed coronavirus deaths announced daily by the Scottish Government because the NRS figures include suspected or probable cases of Covid-19.

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