Nicola Sturgeon coronavirus briefing RECAP: 1,480 new cases of Covid-19, £500k grant for health and social care workers breaks, 450 care homes under investigation, Bute House work was ‘essential safety work’

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Nicola Sturgeon coronavirus briefing RECAP: 1,480 new cases of Covid-19, £500k grant for health and social care workers breaks, 450 care homes under investigation, Bute House work was ‘essential safety work’

Last updated: Thursday, 01 January, 1970, 01:00

  • 1,480 new positive Covid-19 cases and 71 further deaths in the past 24 hours
  • Vaccine approval is increasing across Europe including the UK
  • Health and social care workers to receive free snacks and hot drinks on shift with £500k Scottish Government investment
  • Work carried out at Bute House was ‘essential safety work’ and House is ‘not being used as a residence’

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Ms Sturgeon added that ‘around 95%’ of care home residents and ‘77%’ of  staff in care homes in Scotland have had the first dose of the vaccine

Bute House: Nicola Sturgeon reiterates that work done was ‘essential maintenance’

Ms Sturgeon said that no cosmetic work such as painting or decorating was done at Bute House and the repair, which she said was pinning some plaster to the ceiling, was deemed essential as it was a safety hazard.

She added that since the beginning of the pandemic Bute House has not been used residentially. 

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