Sturgeon warns more restrictions may be coming as 697 new virus cases confirmed


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NICOLA Sturgeon has warned further restrictions may be needed – as 697 more Scots tested positive for coronavirus.

The First Minister said her Cabinet would be meeting tomorrow morning to discuss imposing more measures across Scotland.

But she said a two-week circuit breaker may not be the same as the full lockdown imposed back in March.

Of the new Covid cases, 242 were in Greater Glasgow and Clyde, 145 in Lothian and a further 130 in Lanarkshire.

No deaths were recorded in the last 24 hours, meaning the country’s death toll remains at 2,530.

It comes as Jason Leitch told BBC Scotland’s Seven Days that a circuit breaker could deliver « a short, sharp shock to the R number ».

NICOLA Sturgeon could announce any “circuit breaker” Covid restrictions as soon as tomorrow – as she said it may not be like March’s full lockdown.

The First Minister warned more virus curbs may be needed in Scotland ahead of a government review amid soaring cases.

Ms Sturgeon said current rules could be tightened as a further 697 positive tests were confirmed overnight.

The SNP boss said harsher guidelines to halt the spread of the killer bug would not be imposed lightly – as she urged Scots to follow restrictions which are in place at the moment.

But she also said that any new limits may not be as harsh as the full-scale national lockdown which was implemented earlier this year.

Ms Sturgeon said: “A “circuit breaker” could mean a lot of different things, so what we are looking at is what further restrictions may be necessary to get the virus back under control.

The latest Scottish Government update revealed 32,906 cases have been recorded in Scotland since the start of the pandemic.

No deaths were recorded in the past 24 hours with the death toll remaining at 2,530.

Announcing the figures Nicola Sturgeon confirmed 242 of the new cases are in Greater Glasgow and Clyde, with 130 in Lanarkshire.

A total of 218 patients are battling confirmed cases of the virus in hospital with 22 in intensive care.

BARS will be closed for two weeks in Paris after the French government raised the city’s coronavirus alert to the maximum level.

The measures, which come into effect on Tuesday, will be announced today after 12,565 Covid-19 cases were reported across the country on Sunday.

Data published yesterday revealed that 1,335 people are in intensive care units, an increase of 46 patients compared to Saturday.

The maximum alert level is implemented when the infection rate in a city exceeds 250 per 100,000 and around 30 per cent of intensive care beds are used to treat Covid-19 patients.

The officer of PM Jean Castrex said: “These measures, indispensable in the fight to curb the virus’ spread, will apply to Paris and the three departments immediately surrounding it, for a duration of two weeks.”

PIERS MORGAN has torn into Tammy Abraham, Ben Chilwell and Jadon Sancho for breaking coronavirus rules and urged Gareth Southgate to AXE them.

The Three Lions trio were spotted revelling at a packed birthday party hours before Monday’s squad meet-up ahead of the international triple-header.

The England stars were part of a packed house of 20 people – clearly in violation of strict coronavirus laws.

Speaking on GMB, Morgan was quick to criticise their “irresponsible” behaviour, saying: “Why isn’t the FA just dropping them? And when are England players going to wake up?

“How many more of them have to ignore the Covid rules before the penny drops in their heads?

LESS than half of Brits will get a Covid vaccine with the elderly being top priority – a top advisor has warned.

Kate Bingham, who was appointed as the chair of the Vaccine Taskforce back in May has claimed that the public has been “misguided” when it comes to availability of a vaccine.

In an interview with the Financial Times, she said the government “needs to vaccinate everyone at risk”.

She said: “People keep talking about ‘time to vaccinate the whole population’, but that is misguided.

“There’s going to be no vaccination of people under 18. It’s an adult-only vaccine, for people over 50, focusing on health workers and carehome workers and the vulnerable.”

A POSITIVE case of coronavirus has been confirmed at a Livingston high school – with two Fife school also recorded infections.

One case of the deadly bug has been identified “within” James Young High School in Livingston.

A letter to parents of pupils attending the school confirmed one case has been identified with those in direct contact with the person self-isolating.

It comes as new cases have been identified at Collydean Primary School in Glenrothes and Beath High School in Cowdenbeath.

SCOTRAIL have appeared to take a swipe at Margaret Ferrier after her coronavirus train trips – but they insist they are not trolling the Covidiot MP.

Following Ms Ferrier’s 700-mile journey to London and back with the virus, the rail authority has posted a timely reminder about train travel during the pandemic.

ScotRail shared a link to their website, highlighting their first rule – don’t travel if you feel unwell – and added: “If you have Covid symptoms, get a test – not a train.”

Social media users accused them of trolling the Rutherglen and Hamilton West MP, but they insist they are just repeating “vital safety advice”.

Long Covid could be a bigger public health crisis than excess deaths as the condition leaves patients in agony, experts have warned.

Patients overcoming the coronavirus and suffering with long Covid have reported symptoms such as chronic fatigue – months after they first contracted the virus.

It was previously reported that 60,000 Brits struck by “long-Covid” have been ill for three months with some left in wheelchairs.

People who were previously fit and healthy who have recovered from the virus have in some cases been left bed ridden and unable to climb the stairs.

Now a report from the Tony Blair Institute for Global Change is recommending that the Government highlight the issue in awareness campaigns.

The National Clinical Director claims a two-week period of tightened restrictions would “buy you 28 days”.

He also says a 14-day lockdown could contribute to a lowering of the R number across the country through a “short, sharp, shock” to the system.

Speaking on BBC Scotland’s Seven Days programme, Professor Leitch said: “Not full lockdown like 23 March – so you might make some choices in there about schools or about further education – but fundamentally a short, sharp shock to the R number.

“You get the R number down, you get the numbers down to a reasonable level and then you can begin to reintroduce some of the things that you’ve closed.

“You don’t know that for sure, because it’s not an exact science, but it would buy you about a month in the pandemic.”

Positive Covid case confirmed at James Young High School in Livingston as Fife school cases rise

A letter to parents of pupils attending the school confirmed one case has been identified with those in direct contact with the person self-isolating.

However, the letter confirmed NHS Lothian’s Health Protection team found no close contacts in the school whilst the person was infectious.

Russia’s daily tally of new coronavirus cases rose to its highest since May 12 on Monday as authorities reported 10,888 new infections nationwide, including 3,537 in Moscow.

The total number of cases registered since the beginning of the outbreak stands at 1,225,889, they said.

George Boyne, who is also the uni’s vice-chancellor, apologised for his stay with family while he was away from home for a health matter.

The university chief said he thought staying with his son instead of booking into a hotel was the “safest” option – but was advised that this may have been against local guidance.

It comes after thousands of students across Scotland were forced to self-isolate due to major Covid outbreaks on campus.

Cineworld confirms plans to temporarily close all 127 of its UK cinemas because of coronavirus

The cinema chain will also shut 536 Regal theatres in the US, with the move putting 45,000 jobs at risk across both countries.

In the UK alone, some 5,500 Cineworld employees will be affected by the move, as well as thousands more through contractual work such as cleaning and security. 

CHANCELLOR Rishi Sunak defended his Eat Out To Help Out scheme — and revealed his frustration at the 10pm pub curfew.

In an exclusive interview with The Sun, he bit back at claims that the popular cut-price meals deal fuel-led a second wave of coronavirus.

Mr Sunak, who is fighting for normality in the face of Covid, also branded the pub curfew “frustrating”.

He said: “I don’t think it’s wrong for people to want to strive for normality and I don’t think it’s wrong for the Government to want that for people.”

NICOLA Sturgeon tonight shared a ‘circuit breaker’ warning in France on social media as she urged Scots not to visit other households.

The First Minister reiterated the message that coronavirus cases are rising – including here in Scotland – with comparisons to France and Ireland.

And the SNP chief has warned Scots that everything must be done to ensure the spread of Covid-19 is halted.

Ms Sturgeon retweeted a post from a journalist stating that Paris is due to go into a 15-day ‘circuit breaker’ lockdown to help curb the rapid spread of Covid in the city.

She then went on to address the tweet in a further post, this time about the potential for Ireland to be placed into another full shutdown, with the “highest level of restrictions” being recommended.

Brave Anil Patel, 63, from London spent more than four months in Intensive Care battling Covid-19.

The dad was hospitalised at King George Hospital in Ilford back in May after he collapsed at his home in Chadwell Heath, Dagenham.

The building manager spent 149 days under the care of Intensive Care medics, during which times he was sedated for two months.

NICOLA Sturgeon is facing demands to oust “Covid-spreading” MP Margaret Ferrier as she still refuses to quit.

The politician, who has since lost the SNP whip, even appears to have visited a gym, shop and a beauty salon on the same day she started to feel ill and ordered a test.

Scottish First Minister Nicola Sturgeon is under pressure to support the signing of a recall petition that could see Ms Ferrier sacked from her £82,000-a-year job as an MP.

TURKEY farmers may put their birds on crash diets as families downsize their Christmas celebrations over the ‘rule of six’ coronavirus regulations.

With less than three months to the big day, producers are growing increasingly worried they will struggle to sell the big birds which traditionally bring in the most cash.

It is too late to grow smaller turkeys, as the nine million hatched in spring have spent the last few months being fattened up, so drastic measures are now needed.

Nick Davis, who runs Usk Vale Poultry in south Wales, usually raises a flock of 70,000 turkeys, but reduced his order from the hatchery by 20 per cent because of uncertainty over the pandemic.

It takes the total number of positive cases since the outbreak began in March to 32,209 – as figures continue to spike.

THE “potent” experimental coronavirus drug being given to Donald Trump is already in use in UK hospitals, a top expert has revealed.

The US president was first treated with the artificial antibody treatment REGN-COV2 at the White House on Friday after being diagnosed with Covid-19.

Professor Peter Horby – who is involved in the British trial – revealed UK patients started receiving the drug as part of Oxford University’s work to beat the virus.

He added “about three hospitals in the north” began using the drug last weekend and several hundred people had already received it.

The professor said the drug – made by Regeneron Pharmaceuticals – is now due to be rolled out to another 30 to 40 UK hospitals next week.

Scottish Conservative leader Douglas Ross has said he is “surprised, amazed and shocked” that SNP MP Margaret Ferrier has not resigned.

Ms Ferrier had the whip withdrawn after admitting she took a train from London to Scotland following a positive test for coronavirus.

Mr Ross spoke to Sophy Ridge On Sunday on Sky News, saying her actions were “irresponsible and dangerous”.

He said the Rutherglen and Hamilton West MP’s breaches of the rules were “more serious” than those of Dominic Cummings.

The PM was accused of being “complacent and blasé” towards the pandemic by the BBC’s Andrew Marr this morning.

Marr suggested the government’s Eat Out To Help Out scheme and encouragement for people to get back to work had helped spread the virus.

Mr Johnson said he took “full responsibility for everything that has happened since the pandemic began”.

Boris Johnson said he hopes that scientific progress – including testing capacity and a potential vaccine – will help ease restrictions.

The PM told the BBC’s Andrew Marr: “In the course of the next few weeks the scientific equation will change.

“We’ll start to see progress on vaccines and testing that will allow us to change the way we do things.”

In an interview this morning with Andrew Marr, PM Boris Johnson said that it is imperative to save lives as well as keep the economy moving and keep society going.

Russia reported 10,499 new coronavirus cases on Sunday, the highest number of daily infections since May 15, when the outbreak was at its peak and lockdowns were in place.

Russia’s coronavirus crisis centre said that 107 coronavirus deaths had been confirmed in the last 24 hours, which took the official national death toll to 21,358.

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