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Thursday, 8th October 2020, 12:31 pm

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  • Pubs and restaurants in central belt forced to shut from Friday
  • National 5 exams cancelled for pupils in 2021
  • 1,027 new cases in Scotland
  • Five more deaths reported in last 24 hours
  • 28 people in Scottish ICUs

Covid-19 killing more than flu and pneumonia combined

Covid-19 could be more deadly than flu and pneumonia combined, new figures suggest.

In every year since monthly death records for England and Wales began in 1959, there have been fewer deaths due to flu and pneumonia from January to August than there have been deaths due to Covid-19 so far this year.

More than three times as many deaths were attributed to Covid-19 compared to flu and pneumonia in the first eight months of the year, the ONS said.

The Office for National Statistics (ONS) said that there were 48,168 deaths due to Covid-19 between January and August, compared with 13,619 deaths due to pneumonia and 394 deaths due to influenza.

Statisticians examined mortality rates for the three conditions.

Between January 1 and August 31 2020, 52,327 deaths in England and Wales involved Covid-19.

Out of these, 48,168 deaths had Covid-19 listed as the underlying cause of death.

To August 31 this year, flu and pneumonia were mentioned on more death certificates than Covid-19.

But Covid-19 was the underlying cause of death in over three times as many deaths between January and August 2020.

The proportion of Covid-19 deaths in care homes was almost double the proportion of deaths due to influenza and pneumonia, 30% and 15.2% respectively, the ONS added.

Labour calls for increase in social care

Richard Leonard referenced a Scottish Human Rights Commission report that detailed harrowing stories of people left without essential care, such as help washing and using the toilet. 

He called for cuts to social care to be reversed, so that staffing and funding can return to pre-pandemic levels.

Ms Sturgeon said she will pay close attention to the report, adding that the rights of all people are at the centre of the Government’s decision-making.

Details of Scottish Government support revealed tomorrow

The FM said details of the £40 million of Scottish Government support for businesses impacted by the new Covid-19 measure - and how it will be spent - will be published tomorrow.

More detail on Scotland’s R number

The R number in Scotland – the average number of people each person with Covid-19 passes the virus – could now be as high as 1.6, Nicola Sturgeon said.

Speaking at the start of First Minister’s Questions at the Scottish Parliament, she said the rising number of cases was why the Scottish Government had announced “significant new measures” to try to tackle the virus.

Ms Sturgeon said: “I recognise how hard these restrictions are for individuals and for businesses, hospitality businesses in particular, which is why we are making financial support available.

“But these steps are essential to get the virus back under control as we go further into the winter period.”

She urged people to comply with the new rules, saying: “They are hard and painful for all of us, but they are about the protection of life and health.”

Sturgeon responds to Richard Leonard

The FM insisted that the Scottish Government does consult with businesses and trade unions before taking decisions on coronavirus restrictions, but said it faced an “almost impossible balance to strike”.

These are not normal times ,and these are not normal decision making processes . I know how difficult the consequences of these decisions are for businesses and for individuals - I don't expect these decisions to be welcome or popular. But they ultimately have to be made by government and everyday, right now, we are facing decisions where we literally have lives in one hand and jobs in the other. It's an impossible, almost, balance to strike, but we are doing that to the best of our ability.

Nicola Sturgeon

Richard Leonard: FM kept Scottish businesses ‘in the dark'

 First Minister, it is clear that this is not just about the decision you've taken. It's about the way that you have taken it all week there were hints that tighter restrictions were coming. And all the while still set to be most affected by the restrictions were kept in the dark. Businesses have adapted to new rules, businesses who were stocking their fridges paying for supplies for two weeks of staycation, workers who have followed the guidance to the letter to keep their customers safe, and to keep their job safe but now see their jobs on the line.

Richard Leonard

Sturgeon says people more interested in Covid-19 than Alex Salmond inquiry

Anybody, any member of the public watching, who frankly right is probably a lot more worried about the ongoing Covid pandemic than about any of this -  but in case there is anybody out there who is not, they can go onto the Scottish Parliament website and read my evidence in full. They can make up their own minds.

Nicola Sturgeon

Scots urged to stick to the new restrictions

First Minister Nicola Sturgeon said: “I would ask everyone again to stick with these rules.”

“They are hard and painful for all of us,” she added, “but they are about the protection of life and health.”

Sturgeon reacts to new figures

These figures demonstrate again, why we announced significant new measures yesterday to get the virus back under control.

Nicola Sturgeon

Sturgeon: Scotland’s R number likely to be ‘as high as 1.6'

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