Coronavirus in Scotland RECAP: Hospital visiting to restart from April 26 as Scotland records eight Covid deaths and 655 new cases

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Friday, 19th March 2021, 6:23 am
Updated Friday, 19th March 2021, 1:14 pm
Health Secretary Jeane Freeman leads Friday's Scottish Government Covid-19 briefing.

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Coronavirus in Scotland LIVE: The latest updates on Thursday, March 18

Last updated: Friday, 19 March, 2021, 07:51

  • 655 new Covid cases reported in Scotland on Friday - and eight further deaths
  • Majority of vulnerable families fear for mental health
  • Landmark as two million receive first dose of Covid vaccine

Nicola Sturgeon says David Davis reading out "his old pal Alex Salmond's conspiracy... the epitome the old boys club"

Nicola Sturgeon: "Virtually all over 65-year-olds have now had a first dose. So too have 74% of 60 to 64-year-olds, 44% of 55 to 59-year-olds, and 35% of 50 to 54-year-olds."

Nicola Sturgeon says she had talks with both Pfizer and AstraZeneca - and expects 500,000 fewer doses to be available than previously anticipated.

Nicola Sturgeon LIVE

Scotland will have 500,000 fewer coronavirus vaccine doses over the next month than anticipated, Nicola Sturgeon has said.

The First Minister said there may be times in April where second doses will have to be prioritised.

Speaking ahead of First Minister’s Questions, she said: “At present we expect that over the next month we will have approximately 500,000 fewer doses than we had previously anticipated.

“For that reason there may be periods in April where we need to prioritise second doses.

“However, I want to be clear today that we do still expect to offer a first dose of the vaccine to the remaining JCVI priority groups by the middle of next month as planned… we also still expect to have offered a first dose to all adults in the population by the end of July.”

Shadow health secretary Jonathan Ashworth said the announced delays in the vaccine supply chain is “not fantastic news”.

Nicola Sturgeon: "Having David Davis, a Tory MP, reading out in the House of Commons, under the protection of Parliamentary privilege, reading out his old pal Alex Salmond’s conspiracy theories about the sexual harassment allegations against him, must be the very epitome of the old boys’ club. Anyone who chooses to cheer that on should not pretend to have the interests of the women concerned at heart.”

Ruth Davidson asks: "Did the government go ahead with cover-up attempt?"

Nicola Sturgeon: “Shifty is definitely a word I would use today, but I would use it in relation to David Davis and Ruth Davidson.”

Matt Hancock praised AstraZeneca for making the decision to offer the vaccine around the world at cost, without taking a profit from it.

Scotland’s vaccine supplies expected to fall by 500,000 next month

Scotland will have around 500,000 fewer vaccine doses next month, Nicola Sturgeon has confirmed.

She said this means second doses may have to be prioritised at times in April.

A delay in the delivery of five million doses of the AstraZeneca coronavirus jab from India is partly to blame for a forthcoming reduction in the UK’s supply.

Speaking ahead of First Minister’s Questions, Ms Sturgeon said she has had talks with representatives producing the Pfizer and AstraZeneca vaccines.

She said: “At present we expect that over the next month we will have approximately 500,000 fewer doses than we had previously anticipated.

“For that reason there may be periods in April where we need to prioritise second doses.

“However, I want to be clear today that we do still expect to offer a first dose of the vaccine to the remaining JCVI priority groups by the middle of next month as planned… we also still expect to have offered a first dose to all adults in the population by the end of July.”

Anas Sarwar says 24,947 mental health crisis calls where individuals "have built up the courage to call for help" went ignored.

Jason Leitch: booster vaccine may only be given to vulnerable in Scotland

Jason Leitch: booster vaccine may only be given to vulnerable in Scotland

A booster vaccine for coronavirus could be combined with a flu vaccine in a single shot – and may only be given to vulnerable groups, a Scottish Parliament committee has been told.

Vaccine rollout for under-50s may undergo rethink after supply dip

Vaccine rollout for under-50s may undergo rethink after supply dip

The Scottish Government will have to reconsider who will get a vaccine – and when - after the first nine priority groups receive their jags following a dip in supply, Jason Leitch has admitted.

Culture Secretary Oliver Dowden said current social distancing measures make it “very, very difficult” for events such as theatre productions to go ahead.

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