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North-east dodges tier change in coronavirus update

By Kirsty Brown

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In Scotland in the last 24 hours there have been a total of 1248 positive cases which equates to 9.7 per cent of those tested overall.

NHS Greater Glasgow saw 439 cases, Lanarkshire 282 and Lothian 153 with the remaining cases across Scotland.

NHS Grampian saw 45 cases while NHS Highland saw a further nine cases.

In the seven days to November 14 there were 151 cases in Aberdeenshire (57.8 per 100,000) and 132 in Aberdeen City (57.7 per 100,000) .

A total of 37 deaths were also recorded in Scotland with Covid-19 as a contributing factor in the last 24 hours.

With figures as they are, First Minister Nicola Sturgeon said that Scotland can expect to reach the "sombre" milestone of 5000 deaths resulting from Covid-19.

In First Minister's Questions this afternoon Nicola Sturgeon reviewed the situation in each area to make changes to the tier system.

She said that they have recognised the national picture is masking regional fluctuations.

In total 11 local authorities were "reluctantly" moved from Tier 3 to Tier 4, which will come into effect from Friday for a period of three weeks, however two local authorities were moved from Tier 3 to Tier 2.

19 local authorities remain the same, including Moray and Highlands in Tier 1 and Aberdeen and Aberdeenshire in Tier 2.

Those in Moray and Highlands continue to be asked not to meet with other households indoors however all Tier 1 residents will be allowed to meet up to eight people from three different households outdoors from Thursday.

She noted that there have been "sharp increases" in cases recorded in both Aberdeen City and Aberdeenshire and that for all those living in areas with lower restrictions there is no room for complacency as there is in fact a higher risk of spreading the virus in these areas.

Addressing the chamber, Ms Sturgeon acknowledged that there will be frustrations from individuals and businesses however said that the latest changes provide "the best possible chance of easing restrictions in all areas for Christmas".

The authorites are now allocated as follows:

Tier 1 - Orkney, Shetland, Western Isles, Highland and Moray.

Tier 2 - Aberdeen City, Aberdeenshire, Borders, Dumfries and Galloway, Argyll and Bute, East Lothian and Midlothian.

Tier 3 - Edinburgh City, Clackmannanshire, Falkirk, Inverclyde, North Ayrshire, Dundee, Fife, Perth and Kinross and Angus.

Tier 4 - City of Glasgow, Renfrewshire, East Renfrewshire, East Dumbartonshire, West Dumbartonshire, North Lanarkshire, South Lanarkshire, East Ayrshire, South Ayrshire, West Lothian and Stirling.

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