The latest figures detailing the number of people diagnosed with Covid-19 in the last 24 hours in Scotland have been announced by The First Minister, Nicola Sturgeon, at a daily media briefing when she was joined by Chief Nursing Officer Fiona McQueen.
On 7 January the number of newly reported cases in Scotland reached a high of 2,649, and while figures have in the main stayed below 2,000 each day there was another peak figure of 2,160 reported on 15 January. The First Minister announced earlier this week that schools will remain closed until mid-February, and the country remains in lockdown until then with all non-essential shops closed. At the same time the rate of first vaccinations is rising. From a starting figure of around 100,000 at the beginning of January when daily figures were first reported, the number of people who have had theirs now stands at 358,454. The government intends to have vaccinated all those over 70 by mid February and all JCVI priority groups which includes everyone over 50 and those under 50 with underlying conditions by the middle of May.
The statistics in Scotland as at 22 January 2021 are shown below.
As at 22 January 2021 5,628 deaths have been recorded of people who have tested positive, but there is the usual caveat on the number of deaths over the weekend when registry offices are closed.
|Date||Newly reported cases||Cases in Lothian||New positive tests||Test positivity rate||Newly reported deaths||Intensive Care patients with confirmed Covid-19||People in hospital with confirmed Covid-19||Total number of cases of Covid-19||Number of first vaccinations|
|31 January 2021||1,003||121||14,163||8.1%||6||143||1,941||179,685||566,269|
|30 January 2021||994||119||22,056||5.5%||60||142||1,952||178,682||543,370|
|29 January 2021||1,155||147||23,330||5.8%||70||144||1958||177,688||515,855|
|28 January 2021||1,201||150||29,955||5.6%||82||142||1938||176,533||not yet known|
|27 January 2021||1,330||135||26,551||6.2%||92||145||2,016||462,092|
|26 January 2021||1.049||96||13,819||9.0%||87||149||2,010||174,002||437,900|
|25 January 2021||752||83||10.326||8.6%||4||151||2,016||172,953||415,402|
|24 January 2021||1,195||111||19,339||7.4%||1||157||2,011||172,201||404,038|
|23 January 2021||1.307||155||20,393||9.3%||76||159||2,085||171,006||380,667|
|22 January 2021||1,480||166||6.9%||71||161||2,053||169,699||358,454|
|21 January 2021||1,636||182||27,873||7%||89||161||2,004||168,219||334,871|
|20 January 2021||1,656||151||25,476||7.5%||92||156||2.003||166,583||309,909|
|19 January 2021||1,165||142||13,193||11.1%||71||150||1,989||164,927||284,582|
|18 January 2021||1,429||178||12.3%||0||146||1,959||163,762||264,991|
|17 January 2021||1,341||123||16,256||9.5%||0||147||1,918||162,333||(224,840)|
|16 January 2021||1,753||169||24,314||8.4%||78||145||1,863||160,992||(224,840)|
|15 January 2021||2,160||262||7.5%||61||141||1,860||159,239||224,840|
|14 January 2021||1,707||177||8.3%||64||142||1,829||157,079||208,207|
|13 January 2021||1,949||23,432||10.2%||79||134||1,794||155,372||191,965|
|12 January 2021||1,875||214||12.0%||54||133||1,717||175,942|
|11 January 2021||1,782||194||17,730||11.5%||1||126||1,664||151,548||163,377|
|10 January 2021||1,877||20,968||10.0%||3||123||1,598||149,766|
|9 January 2021||1,865||26,352||8.7%||93||109||1,596||147,889|
|8 January 2021||2,309||237||31,444||8.1%||93||102||1,530||146,024|
|7 January 2021||2,649||357||11.3%||78||100||1,467||143,715|
|6 January 2021||2.039||164||21,101||10.5%||68||95||1,384||141,066|
|5 January 2021||2,529||322||18,336||14.8%||11||93||1,347||139,027||around 100,000|
|4 January 2021||1,905||13,810||15.0%|
|3 January 2021||2,464||17,328||15.2%||134,593|
|2 January 2021||2,137||21,451||10.8%|
|1 January 2021||2,539||28,313||9.7%|
|31 December 2020||2,622||28,295||10.1%||68||70||1,174|
|30 December 2020||2,045||19,722||11.3%||43||69||1,133|
|29 December 2020||1,895||14,179||14.4%||7||65||1,092|
|28 December 2020||967||8,819||12.2%|
|27 December 2020||92,188|
|24 December 2020||1,314||27,872||5.3%||43||56||1,008|
|23 December 2020||1,190||47||56||1,025|
|16 December 2020||689||5.9%||38||49||1,031||18,644|
According to the National Records of Scotland figures issued on Wednesday 7,704 deaths were registered in Scotland where Covid-19 was mentioned on the death certificate – up to 17 January 2021.
In answer to Mr Whittle’s question, the First Minister replied: “Our approach to Covid vaccination training aligns with that which is taken by Public Health England, and has been informed by discussions with all the United Kingdom nations.
“The training takes proper account of the existing skills and experience of the people who are deployed. Individuals who are experienced and active vaccinators need only the training that covers the specific characteristics of the Covid vaccines. The training requirements for individuals who might be returning to service after having been inactive for a period are informed by a short self-assessment and might take longer.
“That said, we recognise the need for a proportionate approach to any induction that might be required over and above vaccination training. For example, NHS Greater Glasgow and Clyde has already streamlined its processes by introducing pre-clinic huddles that cover matters that might otherwise have formed part of induction training. We have written to all national health service boards encouraging them to take similar steps.”
Mr Whittle pressed the First Minister pointing out that the chairs of the British Medical Association Scotland’s general practitioners committee and the British Dental Association’s Scottish committee had raised concerns about the ‘clunky’ bureaucratic procedures around training.
The First Minister replied: “It is really important that the people who put vaccine into the arms of people across the country have appropriate training. In my exchange with Jackie Baillie, I made the point that some of the issues that she legitimately raised are issues that we need to ensure training for so that we can avoid wastage in the programme and ensure that those who are vaccinating know exactly what is required of them.
“There is a tailored approach. People who do flu vaccination every year and are therefore active vaccinators will need to be trained only in the specific characteristics of Covid vaccination. Those who have less experience, or less-recent experience, need more training in order to ensure patient safety and that they know all the dos and don’ts. It is always a case of getting that balance right, but the approach that is being taken is very much aligned across the UK and is there for the right reasons.”
You can also see the latest numbers laid out visually on the Travelling Tabby website here. It is updated at 3pm daily.