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Coronavirus in Scotland RECAP: Jeane Freeman says pandemic has ‘brought grief and heartbreak’ to every corner of country

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Last updated: Friday, 12 March, 2021, 13:42

  • First steps out of lockdown as restrictions on outdoor meetings eased
  • Covid-19 absences cost Police Scotland around 140,000 working days
  • Scotland recorded 17 deaths Covid on Friday
  • 682 positive coronavirus tests reported

Vaccine linked to at least 30% reduction in Covid transmission, study suggests

Transmission of Covid-19 drops by at least 30% after a person is vaccinated, a new study suggests.

Public Health Scotland and the University of Glasgow assessed 300,000 NHS workers between December 8 – the first day of vaccination in Scotland – and March 3 to give the first direct knowledge of how the jabs impact transmission.

The study assessed the records of people who live with both vaccinated and unvaccinated health care workers, finding those with who had a single dose were at least 30% less likely to pass the virus on.

Given that people living with healthcare workers could also catch the virus from other sources, the 30% figure is a low estimate.

For those with both doses of the inoculation, they were at least 54% less likely to pass on the virus.

The ability of vaccination to limit transmission has been suspected by experts, but never previously shown in a study.

The coronavirus reproduction number, or R value, across the UK is between 0.6 and 0.8, according to the latest Government figures.

Health Secretary Jeane Freeman highlights the dangers of joining a “Reclaim the Streets” vigil following the murder of Sarah Everard during the pandemic

Anas Sarwar, Scottish Labour leader: “This has got to be the last lockdown. We have got to get the vaccination programme right and strengthen our testing and tracing systems. The virus is still not going away and we are only using around a third of our testing capacity every day.”

Jeane Freeman: “I would hope that we would be able to move quicker – but we are not going to move quicker in order to be popular. We are going to make the right decisions because that’s our responsibility.”

Asked about the Old Firm match scheduled for 21 March, Prof Leitch says it is not his job to decide what reassurances should be sought from the football authorities or the clubs.

Jason Leitch says football fans should “celebrate at home and digitally”.

Rough sleepers and people in homeless accommodation will be added to the vaccine priority list

Jeane Freeman: “I guess the bottom line is that none of us want to go back into lockdown. We want to come out of where we are now in a way that is sustainable and means that we don’t have to move back.”

A major study into the impact of vaccination on transmission is “very encouraging”, Health Secretary Jeane Freeman has said.

The study of 300,000 people, led by Public Health Scotland and Glasgow University, suggested there is at least a 30% reduction in transmission as a result of the first dose of the vaccine, while the second dose gives at least 54%.

Speaking at the coronavirus briefing in Edinburgh, the Health Secretary said: “It’s obviously very encouraging data indeed.

“We’ve already seen the impact the vaccination programme is having on deaths in care homes and increasingly in the community.

“Today’s study adds to the growing evidence that vaccination can also help reduce the transmission of the virus.”

Jason Leitch says case numbers have gone up in Scotland this week.

Ms Freeman said with the National Records for Scotland figures the total number of Covid deaths is now “well over 9,000.”

Health Secretary Jeane Freeman says a minute’s silence will be held on the 23 March to remember those who have died with the virus

682 new cases and 17 deaths reported on Friday

Scotland has recorded 17 deaths from coronavirus and 682 positive tests in the past 24 hours, Jeane Freeman said.

It brings the death toll under this measure – of people who first tested positive for the virus within the previous 28 days – to 7,500.

Speaking during the Scottish Government’s daily briefing, the Health Secretary said 208,429 people have now tested positive in Scotland, up from 207,747 the previous day.

The daily test positivity rate is 3.4%, up from 2.5% the previous day.

Of the new cases, 276 are in Greater Glasgow and Clyde, 116 in Lanarkshire and 102 in Lothian.

There are 512 people in hospital confirmed to have the virus, down 13 in 24 hours, and 38 patients are in intensive care, down two.

Ms Freeman said 1,844,636 people have received their first dose of a coronavirus vaccine, up 18,836 from yesterday, and 149,409 have received their second dose.

Coronavirus briefing LIVE: 682 new Covid cases reported on Friday – and 17 further deaths

The Scotsman

The Scotsman is a Scottish compact newspaper and daily news website headquartered in Edinburgh. First established as a radical political paper in 1817, it began daily publication in 1855 and remained a broadsheet until August 2004. Its parent company, JPIMedia, also publishes the Edinburgh Evening News.

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