The number of positive coronavirus cases in Scotland has passed 60,000, NicolaSturgeon has announced.
She said 28 coronavirus deaths and 1,202 positivetests have been recorded in the past 24 hours.
Ms Sturgeon said: “The positionwe are in right now is really tough and everyone is thoroughly sick of it.“That has been the case for some time but as the nights get darker and we headinto winter, and as our attention and thoughts turn to Christmas, I think thatfeeling becomes a heavier one for all of us.”
Rules allowing people to meet up at Christmas in Scotland are likely to betightened when they are set out on Thursday, Nicola Sturgeon has said. The UKGovernment and devolved administrations have agreed a joint plan to relaxsocial distancing rules over the festive period, allowing three households tomix from December 23 to 27.
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Nicola Sturgeon has said her default advice for Scots over Christmas is to stay "in your own home, within your own household". The Scottish First Minister asked Scots not to visit relatives in other households over Christmas if they can help it, despite the relaxation of rules. "If you can get through this Christmas staying in your own home, within your own household, please do so," she said. "I want to stress today that just because we're allowing people to form a bubble (that) does not mean that you have to do it," Ms Sturgeon said. During her daily Covid-19 briefing on Wednesday, Ms Sturgeon said guidance about the festive period to be issued on Thursday is still being finalised. The UK Government and devolved administrations have agreed a joint plan to relax social distancing rules over the festive period, allowing three households to mix from December 23 to 27. Report by Thomasl. Like us on Facebook at http://www.facebook.com/itn and follow us on Twitter at http://twitter.com/itn
The First Ministers for Scotland and Wales on Tuesday supported a move by theU.K. government to plan a five-day lifting of restrictions designed to combatcoronavirus over the Christmas period. Restrictions will be lifted across theU.K. between Dec. 23 and Dec. 28, with up to three households being allowed tomeet indoors as a part of a "bubble" within that period.
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Nicola Sturgeon has announced new measures for several areas of the country. Glasgow, Stirling and Lanarkshire, will move from Level 3 to Level 4 of the five-tier system at 6pm. The First Minister hopes that these restrictions will "lower the risk" of people getting coronavirus during Christmas celebrations. Report by Browna. Like us on Facebook at http://www.facebook.com/itn and follow us on Twitter at http://twitter.com/itn
Baltimore quarterback Lamar Jackson, the NFL's reigning Most Valuable Player, has tested positive for COVID-19 and will miss the Ravens rescheduled game against the Pittsburgh Steelers on Sunday, a report on the league's website said. Eve Johnson reports.
At least five people died in a fire that broke out at a Covid hospital in Gujarat's Rajkot. Incident took place on Thursday night at Uday Shivanand Hospital in Mavdi. PM Modi condoled the deaths and prayed for a quick recovery of the injured. Gujarat CM Vijay Rupani has ordered a probe into the incident. The Intensive Care Unit (ICU) of the hospital was the first to catch the fire. The ICU dedicated to Covid patients had 11 patients, out of which five died. As of 1 am on Friday, a total of 33 patients were admitted to the hospital. All patients have been shifted to another Covid-19 hospital. Even though the fire has been controlled, the cause is not ascertained yet.
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Moderna's coronavirus vaccine candidate is 94.5% effective at protecting people against COVID-19. The candidate took under a year to develop and test, which is years faster than previous vaccines. The company designed its vaccine candidate in just two days, says Business Insider. In contrast, traditional vaccines can take years to design. Vaccines will hopefully be rolled out by Spring of 2021.
A turkey farmer has said his customers are not getting in a flap when it comesto ordering their Christmas dinner. Despite the coronavirus pandemicpotentially limiting Christmas gatherings, David McEvoy said his orders haveincreased by 50%.
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