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Coronavirus update: First Minister hints at no changes ahead for area level status

By David Porter

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In Scotland in the last 24 hours there have been a total of 912 positive cases which equates to 9.1 per cent of those tested overall.

NHS Greater Glasgow saw 363 cases, Lanarkshire 219 , Lothian 107 and Ayrshire 73 with the remaining cases across Scotland.

A further death was also recorded with Covid-19 as a contributing factor in the last 24 hours.

In her daily update the First Minister reassured people about the new strain of coronavirus found in minks in Denmark.

She confirmed there are no mink farms in the UK and a licence is needed to own one in Scotland, which they're reviewing.

It comes as all foreign visitors to the UK from Denmark are being denied entry.

First Minister Nicola Sturgeon
First Minister Nicola Sturgeon

She also confirmed that levels of restrictions for each area in Scotland will be confirmed by the cabinet at a meeting on Tuesday morning.

Speaking on the review of levels which takes place on Tuesday she said: "The measures already adopted in the levels of intervention are having a positive impact.

"The steep rise at the start of October is levelling off and we are in a far better place than we would have been without them.

"The slowdown should give us confidence that they do work, these restrictions are not in vain and are saving lives.

"The second consideration is that we start to see these translate into a significant decline and we cannot be sure that we are.

"It is highly unlikely that we will see any drops in restriction levels.

"A further rise is entirely possible and several countries are reporting record numbers and compliance will be under pressure over the Christmas peroid.

"We are not seeing a sustained decline in new cases and we have to consider the links between local government areas.

"The best chance a local authority has of coming down a level in the coming weeks is for people to stick to the rules."

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