Coronavirus in Scotland RECAP: Jeane Freeman says pandemic has ‘brought grief and heartbreak’ to every corner of the country
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Coronavirus in Scotland LIVE: The latest updates on Friday, March 11
Last updated: Friday, 12 March, 2021, 13:42
- First steps out of lockdown as restrictions on outdoor meetings eased
- Covid-19 absences cost Police Scotland around 140,000 working days
- Scotland recorded 17 deaths Covid on Friday
- 682 positive coronavirus tests reported
Health Secretary Jeane Freeman says a minute's silence will be held on the 23 March to remember those who have died with the virus
Ms Freeman said with the National Records for Scotland figures the total number of Covid deaths is now “well over 9,000.”
Jason Leitch says case numbers have gone up in Scotland this week.
Covid briefing LIVE
A major study into the impact of vaccination on transmission is “very encouraging”, Health Secretary Jeane Freeman has said.
The study of 300,000 people, led by Public Health Scotland and Glasgow University, suggested there is at least a 30% reduction in transmission as a result of the first dose of the vaccine, while the second dose gives at least 54%.
Speaking at the coronavirus briefing in Edinburgh, the Health Secretary said: “It’s obviously very encouraging data indeed.
“We’ve already seen the impact the vaccination programme is having on deaths in care homes and increasingly in the community.
“Today’s study adds to the growing evidence that vaccination can also help reduce the transmission of the virus.”