The latest figures detailing the number of people diagnosed with Covid-19 in the last 24 hours in Scotland have been announced.
Today the next weekly review of restrictions in all 32 Scottish local authority areas has been announced at The Scottish Parliament following a meeting of the Scottish Cabinet.
There has been much discussion in Edinburgh about the level of restrictions applied here, but as shown in our article over the weekend, the number of cases and the test positivity rate (while not strictly within Level Three parameters) have been rising.
Following today’s announcement, Edinburgh and the other 17 local authority areas currently in Level Three will remain there for now.
East Lothian will revert back to Level Three protection from this Friday. Aberdeen and Aberdeenshire will also move back to Level Three.
The First Minister explained that the numbers in Edinburgh have risen by 40% in the last seven days from 70 per 100,000 to 100 per 100,000 population. The test positivity rate has also risen. Ms Sturgeon said: “Our judgment remains, therefore, that it would be deeply irresponsible to ease restrictions in either the City of Edinburgh or Midlothian, at a time when cases are rising sharply.”
In Midlothian the number of cases per 100,000 has risen from 88 to 147. As well as this the numbers in East Lothian have risen from 69 per 100,000 to 126 – so these have more than doubled.
The decision by the cabinet has been assessed against the four harms, and the First Minister confirms there will be another review before Christmas.
The First Minister confirms that as a resultant of a new strain of coronavirus there will be four nations discussions later today on the arrangements for Christmas. There have been 9 confirmed cases of the new variant in Greater Glasgow and Clyde, but there is nothing to confirm that the new strain is likely to cause more serious illness in people.
The figures in Scotland as at 15 December 2020 are as follows:
- 845 new cases of Covid-19 reported which equates to 7.4% of those newly tested.
- 168 of these were in Lothian, 206 in Greater Glasgow & Clyde and 127 in Lanarkshire.
- 24 newly reported deaths have been announced today of people who have tested positive within the last 28 days
- 45 people were in intensive care yesterday with recently confirmed Covid-19 which is 1 fewer than yesterday.
- 996 people were in hospital yesterday with recently confirmed Covid-19 which is 16 fewer than yesterday
- The number of deaths under this daily measurement is now 4,135
National Records of Scotland announced their weekly figures on Wednesday stating that the total number of Covid-19 related deaths to 6 December 2020 is 5,868. This figure is calculated on a wider definition of deaths relating to Covid-19 than the daily figure reported by The Scottish Government.
You can also see the latest numbers laid out visually on the Travelling Tabby website here. It is updated at 3pm daily.
LEVEL THREE RESTRICTIONS: