Coronavirus in Scotland RECAP: 37 deaths from Covid-19 and 969 positive tests in past 24 hours

Live updates on coronavirus in Scotland, the UK, and around the world.

By Gary Flockhart
Friday, 27th November 2020, 6:40 am
Updated Friday, 27th November 2020, 1:56 pm

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Coronavirus in Scotland LIVE: The latest updates on Friday

Last updated: Monday, 30 November, 2020, 07:01

  • 37 further deaths reported in past 24 hours in Scotland
  • 969 new cases registered
  • Amazon to gift $500 million in bonuses to frontline staff
  • Baltic states added to Scotland’s coronavirus quarantine list
  • Mental health services need share of Covid funding

Coronavirus in Scotland briefing LIVE: 37 further deaths reported in past 24 hours in Scotland - and 969 new cases registered.

Scotland has recorded 37 deaths from coronavirus and 969 positive tests in the past 24 hours, Health Secretary Jeane Freeman said.

It brings the death toll under this measure – of people who first tested positive for the virus within the previous 28 days – to 3,676.

Speaking during the Scottish Government’s daily briefing, Ms Freeman said 93,155 people have now tested positive in Scotland, up from 92,186 the previous day.

The daily test positivity rate is 4%, down from 4.7% yesterday.

Of the new cases, 315 are in Greater Glasgow and Clyde, 201 in Lanarkshire, and 121 in Lothian

There are 1,099 people in hospital confirmed to have the virus, a decrease of 26 in 24 hours.

Of these patients, 80 are in intensive care, down 10.

Jeane Freeman warns of incidents with the text message service for people in the shielding category.

Health Secretary Jeane Freeman also said there had been an issue with the text message service people for people in the shielding category.

She said the Scottish Government was aware of two incidents where a message was sent by someone pretending to be from the texting service asking for people’s personal information and said this is being investigated as a matter of urgency.

Ms Freeman said: “The Scottish Government will never send a text message asking for sensitive personal information or banking details.

“If you have signed up to the shielding text message service and receive a text asking for financial information or passwords it is almost certainly a scam.

“Anyone who receives a suspicious text or call of this kind can report it to Advice Direct Scotland and if you are unfortunate enough to have been a victim of a scam you should contact the police by calling 101.”

Drinkers visiting pubs in England’s Tier 2 regions will have to leave the premises once they have finished their food.

The Health Secretary said a helpline for health and social care workers is available. It is 0800 111 491.

Baltic states added to Scotland’s coronavirus quarantine list

Jeane Freeman reminded people that quarantine rules have been reinstated for travellers into Scotland from Estonia and Latvia, who must self-isolate for 14 days upon arrival as of 4am on Saturday.

The travel ban on visitors to the UK from Denmark will be lifted from 4am on Saturday but people will still be required to isolate for 14 days.

The ban on visitors from Denmark was introduced following the discovery of a new variant of Covid-19 which originated in mink.

Ms Freeman said: “The view of the UK chief medical officers is that the risk associated with Denmark is now receding.”

She added: “While the virus is resurgent around the world there is significant variation between countries and areas and as we’ve seen the situation anywhere can change very rapidly

“That’s one of the huge challenges we face in dealing with this pandemic and it is of course why we continue to advise very strongly against non-essential overseas travel at the moment.”

The Prime Minister’s official spokesman said he did not know if Boris Johnson was planning to see any elderly relatives this Christmas.

Further national restrictions will come into force across Wales to limit the spread of coronavirus, First Minister Mark Drakeford has announced.

Suzi Quatro reveals she has had coronavirus

Suzi Quatro has revealed she has had coronavirus.

The singer told BBC Radio 2 she has “never felt anything like it”.

“It’s like somebody came into my room and hit me over the head with a sledgehammer,” she added.

Quatro said she is “reluctant” to talk about catching the virus but she hopes that sharing her experience will “help other people who maybe are pooh-poohing this and making little of it”.

“So I thought: bite the bullet, talk about it,” she said.

Jeane Freeman pays tribute to health and social care services

Jeane Freeman paid tribute to the hard work of those in the health and social care services, who she said have done an “outstanding job in the most challenging and stressful of circumstances.”

She said the Scottish Government is determined to do all it can to support the mental wellbeing of that workforce and urged people to ask for help if they are struggling.

The Scottish Government said that more than 53,000 health and social care staff have received psychological support from the National Wellbeing Hub since it was launched in May.

The online hub at www.promis.scot supports all health and social care workers, including unpaid carers, who need help due to Covid-19, alongside a new 24/7 National Wellbeing helpline.

Health Secretary Jeane Freeman said the Scottish government will reach a view on extending the Christmas school holidays when it hears from the expert recovery group.

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