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Coronavirus in Scotland RECAP: Sturgeon highlights ‘heroic achievement’ of those braving weather to get vaccinated

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Last updated: Thursday, 11 February, 2021, 13:46

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  • 803 new cases in the past 24 hours

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Campaigners call for annual Community Day in wake of Covid crisis

A campaign is being launched for an annual Community Day, starting with a celebration of the heroic efforts of workers involved in tackling the coronavirus crisis.

The UK Community Network said it had secured cross-party support from MPs for the idea, which it plans to organise on March 23.

The campaign group said it hoped to mark the feeling of togetherness in communities that blossomed during the pandemic, celebrating those who had made a big difference to the lives and the environment of their local areas.

Marina Kim, founder of the UK Community Network, said: “We want to cement the feeling of togetherness that blossomed in our communities during the pandemic, and think that those who volunteer their time and efforts for others deserve to be celebrated.

“We hope this inspires people to make their local area better and strengthens our communities.”

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Coronavirus hospital numbers now back below spring peak

The number of people in Scottish hospitals with coronavirus has fallen back below the peak in the first months of the pandemic, Nicola Sturgeon has said.

Speaking during the daily Covid-19 briefing, the First Minister said 1,499 people are currently in hospital with the virus – down 43 in 24 hours.

This is the lowest figure since January 7 and below the spring peak of confirmed cases in hospital of 1,520, recorded on April 19 and 20.

Ms Sturgeon said: “Significantly, that means that the number of Covid patients in hospital is now back below the peak of last spring, which is another wee ray of sunshine for us to feel positive about today.”

She added that the R number in Scotland is below 1.0.

“That is reflected in the decline in case numbers, in test positivity – the 4% test positivity we’ve reported today is the lowest in quite some time,” she said.

“The rays of sunshine that I spoke about last week undoubtedly are a wee bit brighter this week.”

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Downing Street has broadened the deadline for delivering the plans to ease the lockdown, in a move that could see the day earmarked for the reopening of schools delayed.

Updates have also been made to the Protect Scotland app.

From today, if the app alerts you to self-isolate, you can download a certificate on your phone to be used for proof for self-isolation support.

The second improvement allows the app to be used on older Apple phones.

Ms Sturgeon added: “The app has been downloaded 1.8 million times but we want to increase the reach further.

“If you have an older iPhone, please have another go at downloading now if you weren’t able to before.”

The First Minister urged members of the public not to become complacent in following lockdown restrictions.

She said: “If we are to keep the virus under control it is important that we do continue to follow these restrictions.”

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Downing Street has said ministers “will look at the data in the round” after Sir Jeremy Farrar said he believes the number of coronavirus infections needs to be below 10,000 before restrictions can be eased.

Downing Street has insisted it is “confident of our vaccine supply” after the Scottish Government said there will be a scaling back of its programme after a dip in supplies to the UK.

Nicola Sturgeon said that Scotland had received lower vaccine stocks than expected, due to a temporary reduction in Pfizer manufacturing capability.

The First Minister said: “By Sunday, we expect to give vaccines to 70,000 more people than we originally anticipated in the deployment plan.

“This is due to the higher vaccine take-up rates than we had anticipated.

“These two factors combined with the need to preserve some stocks for second doses, mean we have to insure we don’t schedule more appointments than our vaccine supplies allow.”

Ms Sturgeon said that this might result in a reduction of appointments that can be scheduled.

However, she added that if vaccine supplies increase in that time, they would “very rapidly” be able to accelerate the programme again.

She said that Scotland is still on track to meet all targets set out – including that all over-50s should expect to receive their first dose by mid-May.

First doses have now been administered to 99.9% of residents in older people’s care homes.

At least 97% of over-80s living in the community, and 87% of 75 to 79-year-old living in the community have had their first dose, and 54% of 70 to 74-year-olds.

The First Minister said that the vaccination programme was “on course” to give first doses to everybody over 70 and everyone with a serious clinical vulnerability by the middle of February.

She added: “Many in the 65-69 age group will have also had their first vaccine by that date.

“This is all really positive news – particularly the uptake figures.

“People are coming forward for this in numbers that I could not have dared hope for – in my wildest dreams I would have hoped for it, but I would have been very sceptical.

“That is down to the appetite and the willingness of everybody in these groups to come together for their individual protection but also to play their part in our collective fight against this virus.”

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