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Coronavirus in Scotland LIVE: The latest updates on Wednesday, March 10
Last updated: Wednesday, 10 March, 2021, 12:27
- Restrictions on outdoor meeting to ease from Friday
- 20 Covid deaths in Scotland reported on Wednesday
- A further 691 new coronavirus cases recorded
The number of letters being sent via Royal Mail has soared so much during the recent lockdown restrictions, bosses now expect to make profits well above previous expectations, the company has said in a stock market announcement.
Nicola Scotland’s Chief Medical Officer, Dr Gregor Smith, says the country is dealing with a “very different situation” than it faced when the first lockdown ended last summer.
Transport Secretary Grant Shapps has said the coronavirus pandemic would have been “one heck of a lot worse” without the Test and Trace system.
Transport Secretary Grant Shapps has said he is “hopeful” that people will be able to travel abroad this summer but warned there were no “cast iron guarantees”.
First Minister tells Covid-19 Committee she has "a lot of sympathy" on the question of emergency legislation and doesn't want it in place "for a minute longer than it has to be".
Reminder: There will be no lunchtime briefing from the First Minister today, as Nicola Sturgeon is currently facing questions from the Covid-19 Committee
Boris Johnson told MPs “we have not blocked the export of a single Covid-19 vaccine” in response to European Council president Charles Michel’s claim.
Latest NRS figures released
A total of 9,725 people have died in Scotland with confirmed or suspected coronavirus, according to the National Records of Scotland (NRS).
The figures show 141 deaths relating to Covid-19 were registered between March 1 and March 7, down 89 on the previous week.
Of these, the majority – 84% – happened in hospital at 119, with 14 in care homes and eight at home or in a non-institutional setting.
The statistics are published weekly and 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.
Boris Johnson: We can be proud of support UK has given to international Covid response
At Prime Minister’s Questions, Boris Johnson said: “The whole House can be proud of the UK’s vaccination programme, with over 22.5 million people now having received their first dose across the UK.
“We can also be proud of the support the UK has given to the international Covid response, including the £548 million we have donated to Covax.
“I therefore wish to correct the suggestion from the European Council president that the UK has blocked vaccine exports.
“Let me be clear: we have not blocked the export of a single Covid-19 vaccine or vaccine components.
“This pandemic has put us all on the same side in the battle for global health, we oppose vaccine nationalism in all its forms.”
Nicola Sturgeon LIVE: "There are conspiracy theories that appear on social media from time to time that I have a secret hairdresser - I can assure you that's not true."
Sir Keir Starmer accused Boris Johnson of clapping for carers last year before choosing to “shut the door in their face at the first opportunity” via the 1% pay rise.
Boris Johnson said the Conservatives are the “party of the NHS”.
Coronavirus in Scotland: 691 new Covid cases and 20 further deaths reported on Wednesday
Scotland has recorded the deaths of 20 Covid-19 patients and 691 new cases in the past 24 hours, Nicola Sturgeon said.