Last update: Monday 26 October 2020, 13:15
- Boots to unveil Covid-19 rapid test service in stores
- Scotland records 1,122 new positive cases and one more death in 24 hours
- Local lockdowns and working from home weigh on the labor market
- Students may have to stay in hallways over Christmas, warns John Swinney
The vaccine candidate shows a “strong immune response” in the elderly
The Oxford Covid-19 vaccine shows a “strong immune response” in elderly participants, experts said.
Information from an earlier stage of the University of Oxford and AstraZeneca vaccine candidate trial suggests “similar” immune responses in younger and older adults, scientists said.
Data on safety and immune responses among participants in the phase two vaccine trial have been submitted for peer review in a medical journal.
But the results were discussed ahead of publication, which sparked more enthusiasm for the vaccine – seen as one of the forerunners in the Covid-19 vaccine race.
The vaccine is currently in a phase three clinical trial, which means that the vaccine’s safety and efficacy is tested by thousands of participants in a number of different countries.
Experts predicted that the data from the trial could be presented to regulators within weeks.
Paisley Bishop John Keenan called for a 24-hour ‘breaker’ on Christmas Day
Nicola Sturgeon: No plan to cut two-week self-isolation period
Nicola Sturgeon said she had ‘no plan’ to reduce the two-week self-isolation period in Scotland.
The Prime Minister was asked about reports that the UK government was considering reducing the length of time people with symptoms of coronavirus or close contacts of people who test positive should self-isolate.
“We have no plan at this time to reduce the period of self-isolation,” Ms. Sturgeon said.
She added, “We are keeping all of this under review; we don’t want people to live under the most severe restrictions longer than absolutely necessary.
Scotland’s national clinical director Jason Leitch said he was not aware of any scientific advice in any part of the UK that would support a reduction from the current 14-day period, or 10 days from the end of a person’s symptoms.
Mr Leitch said: “We have no plan with current clinical advice to change this in any way.
“As far as I know there is no clinical advice in the other three UK countries.”
He added, “There is no current plan but we are constantly monitoring it globally and locally and whether we think the incubation period has changed or if we think the risk has changed. one way or another, of course we will advise you appropriately.
“But for now, I’m afraid it’s still 14 days of self-isolation.
Unlike Scotland, Downing Street suggested that a trick or treatment could take place
Downing Street has suggested that the trick or treatment could take place this Halloween as long as the social distancing rules related to the respective levels in each area are followed.
Asked about the prospect of a deception or treatment ban this year, the Prime Minister’s official spokesperson: “The rules are those that apply to domestic mixing in general and what that means in practice is that if you are in a very high alert level, you cannot mix with other indoor households or in private outdoor spaces.
“If you are on a high Covid alert level, the rule of six applies in private gardens and outdoor spaces, but households should not mix indoors.
“And for the medium alert level, you can meet indoors and outdoors in groups of up to six people.
“The rules are there for all circumstances and people will have to use their common sense to make sure they are following the rules.”
Nicola Sturgeon reminded people not to take public transport to the centers, noting that homemade kits are available.
Increase in cases is slowing, but there is no evidence of decline yet, says Ms Sturgeon
Freeman: Scotland on track for 65,000 daily Covid tests by winter
Scotland is “on track” to have a capacity of 65,000 coronavirus tests per day in winter, said Health Secretary Jeane Freeman.
Ms Freeman told the Scottish government coronavirus briefing that a ‘significant proportion’ of the increase in testing capacity would come from three new regional laboratory centers which she plans to open in November and December.
More than a third of the potential capacity will be provided by the new labs, she said.
Nicola Sturgeon says there are now 11 walk-in testing sites open after new sites opened in Greenock and Inverness over the weekend.
Nicola Sturgeon said details of the level of lockdown that will apply to different parts of Scotland will be announced ahead of a debate on the coronavirus in the Scottish Parliament on Tuesday.
The Prime Minister announced last week that a new five-tier approach would be introduced across the country from November 2 and the level will depend on the spread of Covid-19 in local government areas.
She explained that areas in the central belt that are currently subject to stricter local restrictions are likely to be classified as level three, while other areas may be equivalent to level two.
Speaking at the Scottish government coronavirus briefing, Ms Sturgeon said a ‘sustained’ drop in virus transmission would be needed for an area to come down.
Ms Sturgeon said: “The best way to go down to a lower level of restrictions and live more freely is to have a lower level of transmission of the virus.
“The best way to reduce transmission and keep it low is for all of us to stick to the rules at all times.
“And that, of course, is a collective responsibility for all of us.
Nicola Sturgeon: “Do not doubt that we want to allow the students to go home for Christmas. “
Coronavirus in Scotland: 105 new cases of Covid-19 in Lothians as country records one death
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Nicola Sturgeon said discussions took place over the weekend on the levels that will be set for the Scottish Board of Health areas in the new policy framework – and adds that clarifications will be released ahead of Tuesday’s parliamentary debate.
Scotland records 1,122 positive tests and one more death in 24 hours
Scotland has recorded one death from coronavirus and 1,122 positive tests in the past 24 hours, Nicola Sturgeon said.
The Prime Minister told the Scottish government’s coronavirus report that the death toll under the measure – of people who have tested positive for the virus for the first time in the previous 28 days – has risen to 2,701.
Ms Sturgeon said 57,874 people had now tested positive in Scotland, up from 56,752 the day before.
The positivity rate of the daily test is 7.1%, compared to 7.9% the day before.
Of the new cases, 428 are in Greater Glasgow and Clyde, 274 in Lanarkshire, 105 in Lothian and 97 in Ayrshire and Arran.
There are 1,052 people in hospital confirmed to have the virus, an increase of 36 in 24 hours.
Of these patients, 90 are in intensive care, an increase of four.