Jeanne Freeman coronavirus briefing RECAP: Brazilian variant cases confirmed and care home visits resume as Scotland marks anniversary of first confirmed Covid-19 case
Follow here for all coronavirus updates from Scotland, the UK and around the world.
The Scottish Government announced the first case of Covid-19 on March 1 2020, in a Tayside resident who had recently travelled from Italy and was admitted to hospital and treated in isolation.
But one year of restrictions on and regular visiting is set to resume in care homes today, with residents allowed to have two designated visitors each.
A message from the Editor:Thank you for reading this article. We're more reliant on your support than ever as the shift in consumer habits brought about by coronavirus impacts our advertisers.
If you haven't already, please consider supporting our trusted, fact-checked journalism by taking out a digital subscription.
Coronavirus briefing RECAP: Health secretary Jeane Freeman gave an update on coronavirus in Scotland
Last updated: Monday, 01 March, 2021, 12:35
Health Secretary Jeane Freeman to lead today’s Covid-19 briefing
Health Secretary Jeane Freeman is due to lead Monday’s coronavirus briefing at St Andrew’s House at 12.15pm.
At the start of the briefing she will give the latest Covid-19 statistics from the last 24 hours and offer an update on the vaccination programme.
Wales First Minister Mark Drakeford said he had ‘worries’ about Boris Johnson’s comments that international travel could return in May
Mr Drakeford said that he would instead “build the walls higher for now” to prevent bringing in coronavirus variants to the UK.
Mr Drakeford told a virtual meeting with Welsh businesses and Labour leader Sir Keir Starmer: “It worries me hugely to hear the Prime Minister say that he intends to reopen international travel in May of this year.
“Our September in Wales was made far more difficult by the fact that we had a big importation of the virus from France, Spain, Greece, Bulgaria, Turkey. Every day I will be reading of new outbreaks of people who have gone away, caught the virus and brought it back with them.
“If ever there was a year to be staying at home and to be enjoying all the fantastic things Wales has to offer, this must be it.
“I would build the walls higher for now against the risk that we would bring into this country the variants that could be brewing in any part of the world, and could then put at risk all the careful work we have done to try and keep Wales safe.”
Prince Philip: Patient screened from cameras as they are taken away from hospital where Duke of Edinburgh is undergoing treatment
A patient appears to have been taken away from the hospital treating the Duke of Edinburgh in an ambulance.
The patient at King Edward VII’s hospital in central London was screened from press and broadcast cameras by umbrellas.
A marked police van blocked the side street at the hospital where the Duke has been treated for an infection.
Uniformed officers also stood along the street beside the King Edward VII’s Hospital in central London where Philip, 99, was admitted on February 16 to keep traffic and passers by moving.
Coronavirus briefing expected to start at 12.15pm
Health Secretary Jeane Freeman is expected to begin the daily coronavirus briefing at 12.15pm, broadcasting from St Andrews House.
She will be joined by Scotland’s chief medical officer Gregor Smith.
Scottish Government update: 386 new cases reported, 824 patients in hospital, 71 in intensive care and no deaths recorded in the last 24 hours.
Monday’s death toll is often artificially low as registration offices across Scotland are largely closed over the weekend.
IT issues prevent the latest vaccination figures being announced in the briefing
The figure which was reported yesterday showed that 1,593,695 people had received their first dose of the vaccine.
76,512 people had received their second dose of the vaccine.
Today’s figure will be available at 2pm.
Health Secretary says that they believe that the vaccine will work against the new variant of the virus but more work is needed
Jeane Freeman said that more work is required to determine that the vaccine will work against the new strain that has come in from Brazil.
So far, the vaccine has worked against all new of the variants the virus.
HS says that there is currently ‘no reason’ to believe that the P1 variant is in circulation in Scotland
One year on from the first positive coronavirus case in Scotland HS says our world has been ‘turned upside down’
HS: “For all of us, the forced separation has been and is hard to endure, and of course, for may people in our health and social care workforce the last year has been the most difficult and stressful of their entire career.
“The entire country is grateful for everything you have done.”
'An end to the pandemic may be in sight’ says HS
HS: “The success of our vaccination programme means that after a long 12 months, an end to the pandemic may be in sight”.
She reminds people that the news of the new variant should act as a reminder that we must still be careful, and we must continue to follow the rules.
Chief medical officer Gregor Smith says that if anyone who travelled on the same flight as those who tested positive for the Brazilian variant will be tested.
If the results come back positive the sample will automatically be tested to identify whether they are carrying the new strain or a strain that we are more familiar with.
'Our PPE stocks are very strong’ says HS
HS said that in Scotland there is now a significant domestic supply chain for PPE which is “reassuring” .