Coronavirus in Scotland RECAP: Nicola Sturgeon tells MSPs she will not do daily briefings in run-up to Scottish election

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Wednesday, 10th March 2021, 6:37 am
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The latest updates on Covid-19 in Scotland.

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

Kent coronavirus variant may be twice as deadly as previous strains – study

The Kent variant may be up to twice as deadly as previous strains of coronavirus, new research suggests.

The more infectious variant, B117, which swept across the UK at the end of last year before spreading across the world, is between 30% and 100% more deadly, according to a new study.

Epidemiologists from the Universities of Exeter and Bristol said the data suggests the variant is associated with a significantly higher mortality rate among adults diagnosed in the community compared with previously circulating strains.

Robert Challen, from the University of Exeter, lead author of the study, said: “In the community, death from Covid-19 is still a rare event, but the B117 variant raises the risk.

“Coupled with its ability to spread rapidly, this makes B117 a threat that should be taken seriously.”

Researchers looked at death rates among people infected with the new variant and those infected with other strains.

Nicola Sturgeon LIVE: First Minister tells Holyrood's Covid-19 Committee focus of lockdown easing is "steady and one-directional".

Covid-19 rates drop below 50 cases per 100,000 in half of all local areas

Covid-19 case rates have fallen below the symbolic level of 50 cases per 100,000 people in half of all local areas in the UK, new analysis shows.

It is a major turnaround from one month ago, when only six of the 380 local areas were reporting rates under 50 per 100,000.

A handful of areas are even recording rates that are now in single figures.

The steep fall suggests the various lockdowns in place across the country are continuing to play a key role in reducing the number of new reported cases of coronavirus.

The analysis, which has been compiled by the PA news agency, shows that for the seven days to March 5 a total of 190 out of 380 local authority areas in the UK recorded Covid-19 case rates below 50 per 100,000 people.

First Minister tells Holyrood’s Covid-19 Committee she hopes to get the vaccination rate up to 400,000 a week “as supplies permit”.

Stephen Fry hails ‘wonderful moment’ as he is vaccinated in Westminster Abbey

Comedian and actor Stephen Fry has described receiving his coronavirus vaccination at Westminster Abbey as a “wonderful moment”.

The Cambridge University alumnus joked that he would have to “put petty rivalries behind me”, after being given a dose of the Oxford jab.

Westminster Abbey opened its doors for the first time on Wednesday morning to administer vaccinations to members of the public.

The vaccination area is situated directly above Poet’s Corner, where many literary giants including Charles Dickens and Geoffrey Chaucer are buried.

Fry said it was “extraordinary” to have received his jab in such a “symbolic” place, and he hailed the “vindication of science and research.”

He said: “It’s a wonderful moment, but you feel that it’s not only helpful for your own health, but you know that you’re likely to be less contagious if you yourself happen to carry it.

“It’s a symbol of being part of society, part of the group that we all want to protect each other and get this thing over and done with.

“I’m so excited and it’s such a vindication of science and research and slow discovery and experiment.

“It’s not over yet by any means but it’s a wonderful step.”

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".

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