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Coronavirus update: New level restrictions come into force

By Kyle Ritchie

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In Scotland in the last 24 hours there have been a total of 1018 positive cases of Covid-19 which equates to 4.8 per cent of those tested overall.

NHS Greater Glasgow saw 391 cases, Lanarkshire 162 , Lothian 123 and Ayrshire 86 with the remaining cases across Scotland.

NHS Grampian saw 55 cases while NHS Highland saw a further six cases.

In the seven days to November 17 there were 170 cases in Aberdeenshire (65.1 per 100,000) and 130 in Aberdeen City (56.9 per 100,000).

A total of 32 deaths were also recorded in Scotland with Covid-19 as a contributing factor in the last 24 hours.

At the Scottish Government's daily briefing the First Minister outlined that the new level restrictions will come into force at 6pm this evening.

The largest change sees 11 local authority areas in central Scotland move from level three to level four.

The Aberdeenshire area will remain in level two and Moray in level one.

New coronavirus level restrictions come into force this evening.
New coronavirus level restrictions come into force this evening.

The First Minister also outlined that guidance that has been given on non-essential travel will become law at 6pm.

She said: "People living elsewhere in Scotland mustn't travel into level three or level four areas unless it's for an essential purpose.

"There must be no non-essential travel between Scotland and other parts of the UK or the Republic of Ireland.

"In addition we are continuing to advise very strongly against unnecessary travel overseas at the moment – and that includes advice not to go overseas on holiday right now.

"Travel anywhere in a global pandemic carries potential risk. Whether that is the risk of importing the virus or, within Scotland, allowing it to spread from high prevalence areas here at home to low prevalence areas."

The First Minister's final point was on the positive progress on vaccines, which Health Secretary Jeane Freeman provided an update to Holyrood on yesterday.

The First Minister said: "The Health Secretary made a statement to parliament about that yesterday which set out the Scottish Government's plans for a vaccination programme, and set out our current planning assumption that, depending of course on the vaccines finally being approved as safe and depending on the flows of supplies that we need, but if all that goes the way we hope it will she set out that we may be able to vaccinate a million people before the end of January. That's within touching distance.

"And then, of course, the rest of the adult population will follow after that. So there is a very real prospect now for all of us of a substantially more normal way of life being returned to us by the time we reach the spring of next year.

"And I hope that encourages us. It won't make the next few weeks feel any better but it hopefully will strengthen our resolve to stay safe ourselves, keep our family safe, keep others safe before we reach that point."

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