The latest figures for today detailing the number of people diagnosed with Covid-19 in the last 24 hours have just been announced.
The First Minister will address parliament this afternoon on the latest numbers. She will also advise of the latest decision by The Scottish Government on any revisions to the Level of restrictions for each local authority area.
It has been widely trailed that the first set of Level Four restrictions under the new Strategic Framework will be imposed in Glasgow and almost a dozen surrounding local authority areas to bring the numbers down there. The First Minister will make an announcement at 2.20pm in Holyrood and you can watch that on Parliament TV.
Scottish Liberal Democrat leader Willie Rennie said before any announcement was made: “If half the population of the country is to be moved to level four we must have a full parliamentary debate and vote first.
“Level four is the equivalent of a lockdown with the closure of most of the High Street. It is therefore only right that if such a major change is to be implemented it must have the explicit support of the Scottish Parliament.
“That is important as we need full transparency on the reasons for the change to so many people’s lives.
“When Fife and Tayside were moved to level three last week the Scottish Government were unable to tell us what the drivers were for the rise in the rates of the virus. If the West of Scotland is to move to even tighter restrictions we definitely need that information.
“Test and Protect should be able to tell us what is happening in our communities and what the source of the problem is. If we don’t know what the stubborn source of transmission is, there is no guarantee that these fresh measures will be effective
“The First Minister has previously committed to giving parliament a say over future lockdown measures including a full parliamentary debate and vote when big changes are made. There should be little doubt that shutting down such a large part of the country is big.
“If we are to take the country with us they need to see that new plans are fully scrutinised and discussed.
“Ministers also need to say what additional financial support will be made available to individuals and businesses affected by these measures.”
The figures in Scotland as at 17 November 2020 are as follows:
The number of new cases of Covid-19 reported in Scotland today – 1,248 new cases reported.
14,941 new tests for Covid-19 reported results 9.7% if these were positive.
During the week ended 17 November 48,434 were new tested and 8,072 people tested positive for the first time.
153 cases were in Lothian.
The total number of positive cases is now 83,259
Number of people in hospital with recently confirmed Covid-19 – 1,249
Number of people in Intensive Care Units in Scotland – 95 – 3 fewer than yesterday
The total number of deaths under that measurement is now 3,323.
The number of deaths reported today of people who have tested positive within the last 28 days is 37.
National Records of Scotland announced their weekly figures on Wednesday which state that the total number of Covid-19 related deaths to 8 November 2020 is 4,856. That number is expected to exceed 5,000 tomorrow when the new figures are announced.
You can also see the latest numbers laid out visually on the Travelling Tabby website here. It is updated at 3pm daily.