Nicola Sturgeon RECAP: No 'circuit breaker' lockdown for Scotland

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Tuesday, 6th October 2020, 1:49 pm

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Scotland's First Minister Nicola Sturgeon (R) arrives with deputy First Minister John Swinney to attend First Minister's Questions at the Scottish Parliament in Edinburgh, Scotland on October 1, 2020. (Photo by Andy Buchanan / POOL / AFP)

Coronavirus in Scotland LIVE: Tuesday, October 6, 2020

Last updated: Tuesday, 06 October, 2020, 13:34

  • 800 new cases in Scotland over last 24 hours
  • 2 new deaths
  • 262 people being treated in hospital for Covid-19
  • 25 people in Scotland’s ICUs with coronavirus
  • Nicola Sturgeon says there will be no ‘circuit breaker’ lockdown
  • Construction industry outlines Covid-19 recovery plans
  • Clarity needed on Covid-19 funding, Finance Secretary says
  • Reductions in care at home services have ‘detrimental impact’

Sturgeon on difficulty of new restrictions

None of this is easy. In many ways this is actually the most difficult decision point yet. When we took the decisions back in March, that just focused on locking down to stop the virus, none of the economic and social harm had been done. We now have all of that to consider as well, so these decisions have to be very carefully balanced.

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Sturgeon explains Scottish Government rationale

Nicola Sturgeon said she was now considering “what additional targeted steps we can take over the next couple of weeks, in addition to the household restrictions currently in place to further stem the spread”.

She also pledged the rationale behind any further restrictions would be set out.

But she added: “Sometimes when we are talking about how to stem the spread of this virus it is not complicated.

“The assessment we make has to focus on the kinds of settings, other than our homes, where people are most likely to come together and either get the virus, or if they have it, pass it on to others.”

As well as considering new restrictions, ministers are looking at if these need to be put in place nationally, regionally, “or a bit of both”, Ms Sturgeon said.

She also said ministers were “thinking of how we best mitigate the economic impact of any decisions we take, even within the limited powers the Scottish Government has”.

Thoughts from the Scotsman’s political reporter

Deaths reported after coronavirus outbreak at Lothians care homes

Two Scottish care homes are being investigated after facing major Covid-19 outbreaks resulting in several deaths and at least 82 infections.

Specialist teams, led by NHS Lothian, have been called in to assess the significant number of cases confirmed in Redmill Care Home in West Lothian and Milford House in Edinburgh.

So far, a small number of residents at the care homes affected have since died.

In Redmill Care Home, a total of 53 residents and staff have been confirmed with Covid-19 so far, but further rounds of testing are currently being carried out.

Milford House in Edinburgh has seen a total of 29 residents and staff testing positive for the virus since the outbreak happened.

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Professor Jason Leitch: ‘We try and learn from countries that are doing well'

When asked why Scotland seemed to be doing worse than countries in Asia, the CMO said: "We try and talk and try and learn from every country that is 'doing well’ and try and take those lessons and apply them to our situation, but Scotland is not Singapore.

“We have bigger health inequalities and live differently,” he added.

Nicola Sturgeon says Scotland will not face a 'circuit breaker' lockdown

Scotland will not face a temporary lockdown labelled a ‘circuit breaker’ as the country continues to battle the continued spread of Covid-19.

The First Minister announced at her daily briefing a list of restrictions that are not being considered by the Scottish Government as options for further restrictions to help stop the spread of coronavirus.

Nicola Sturgeon, speaking at her daily coronavirus briefing, said the Scottish Government is not considering a so-called ‘circuit breaker’ lockdown similar to the one imposed in March.

She added there will not be a return to the ‘Stay At Home’ messaging from earlier in the year, and no nationwide restrictions on travel.

On schools, she said that apart from the October half term holidays, they will stay open and will not close even temporarily.

Ms Sturgeon confirmed she will make a statement to Holyrood tomorrow about the extent of the “targeted” restrictions that will be put in place, following another briefing with her cabinet on Wednesday morning.

In her statement today, the First Minister left open the potential closure of pubs, restaurants and bars, closure of entertainment venues, and the closure of universities and colleges.

"We are not proposing another lockdown at this stage, not even on a temporary basis,” the First Minister said.

Sturgeon: ‘Scottish Government has finite resources'

Asked whether the Scottish Government would provide financial assistance to companies in Scotland impacted by future restrictions, Ms Sturgeon says it will help “to the best extent that we can.”

But, she added, “as a statement of fact, we have finite resources. Discussions are ongoing with the UK Government.”

Warning on spread of virus

We are also now beginning to see spread from the younger age groups of the population into the older age groups.

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Any decision on new restrictions to be announced tomorrow

FM said she will make a statement to Parliament tomorrow, but insists that final decisions on future restrictions have not been made. 

Scotland has recorded two new coronavirus deaths in the past 24 hours, Nicola Sturgeon has said.

The deaths, of patients who first tested positive for the virus in the previous 28 days, take the total number of fatalities under this measure to 2,532.

Speaking during the Scottish Government’s daily briefing, the First Minister said 800 new coronavirus cases have been recorded in Scotland in the past 24 hours.

This is 13.2% of newly-tested individuals, up from 12.8% the previous day.

Of the new cases, 303 are in Greater Glasgow and Clyde, 167 in Lanarkshire and 164 in Lothian.

A total of 33,706 people have now tested positive for the virus in Scotland, up from 32,906.

There are 262 people in hospital confirmed to have the virus, up by 44 in 24 hours.

Of these patients, 25 were in intensive care, up three.

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