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Coronavirus update: Cases show no signs of let up

By David Porter

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There have been 1429 cases of Covid-19 recorded in Scotland in the last 24 hours which equates to 16.4 per cent of those newly tested.

A total of 537 were in NHS Greater Glasgow area, 327 in Lanarkshire, 239 in Lothian and 92 in Ayrshire while 15 new deaths were registered in the last 24 hours.

NHS Grampian saw 42 cases and NHS Highland saw eight.

In the seven days to October 12 there have been 47 cases in Aberdeenshire and 236 in Aberdeen City.

Speaking at the daily briefing the First Minister highlighted some current issues: "We have asked people in the five health board areas most affected not to travel unless they really need to and vice-versa.

"This guidance is intended to minimise travel to the Central belt as much as possible.

"My general advice is for everyone to think carefully about travelling especially to areas with high infection, it applies to and from England as well."

"Specifically, Blackpool a place that many Scot's love to visit, this is one of the cases classed as high risk.

"There is now an incident management team looking at links, in the month, around 180 people with Covid in Scotland reported they'd been in the town.

"This doesn't mean they've caught it in Blackpool, but there is a pattern in test and protect conversation.

"344 people in the last week reported some sort of travel outside of Scotland, with 252 of those going somewhere else in the UK and of those 252 well over a third had been in Blackpool."

She will address the Scottish Parliament tomorrow on the current state of restrictions including face mask legislation.

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