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  1. Covid in Scotland: Latest headlines

    • There have been 64 more Covid deaths after a positive test in Scotland
    • A further 1,707 people have tested positive for Covid-19, 8.3% of the tests carried out yesterday.
    • This takes the total number of positive cases in Scotland to 157,079
    • As of yesterday, 208,207 people had received their first dose of the vaccine.
    • There are 1,829 people in hospital with recently confirmed Covid-19, an increase of 35, and 142 in intensive care, up eight from yesterday.
    • The R number could be as high as 1.4, says FM
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    That's all from us here on the live page today. Please take care and stay safe.

  2. First vaccine dose should protect people 'for at least a number of months'

    Deputy Chief Medical Officer Nicola Steedman

    In response to a question about concerns over the 12-week gap between vaccine doses, deputy chief medical officer Nicola Steedman says there is no reason to think that the amount of protection from the first dose will drop to any significant extent during that period.

    Dr Steedman highlights a new study into reinfection rates carried out over the last five months which looked at health care workers who have either had Covid already, or not had it.

    The study showed there is an 83% reduction in your chance of getting Covid again if you have had it before, so Covid provides a degree of immunity at least up to five months.

    We would hope and expect that first dose would protect people for at least a number of months, says Dr Steedman, who adds that it was right to extend the interval between doses to 12 weeks so as many people as possible can get the first dose.

  3. Vaccine rollout 'has to be ramped up' - Scottish Conservatives leader

    Douglas Ross

    Scottish Conservatives leader Douglas Ross tells BBC One Scotland people have been living through the new restrictions for several weeks now and it is "difficult" that we are not seeing a further drop-off in the Covid daily figures.

    Mr Ross says the vaccine rollout has "got to be ramped up as quickly as possible".

    "The vaccine is the way out of this awful pandemic, it is the light at the end of the tunnel," he says.

    The MP says there is a good supply of vaccines to all the UK nations and when the supply is there "we have got to get them into people’s arms as quickly as possible".

  4. Priority should be given to ASN staff in schools, says Green MSP

    Ross Greer says staff in schools for children with additional support needs should be in the next priority group to be given the vaccine.

    The Green MSP says that if anyone in the teaching profession should be prioritised, it should probably be them because their work is between what a teacher does and what a care worker does.

    He says these are the decisions the government needs to make now.

  5. More support needed for those self-isolating, says Greer

    Ross Greer

    Greens MSP Ross Greer says it's clear we have a long way to go with substantial numbers of people still dying from the virus.

    We should be asking questions about why Scotland and the rest of the UK haven't been able to suppress the virus long before now, he says.

    Mr Greer tells BBC Scotland that far too few people are self-isolating but that in many cases it is because they simply can't afford to.

    He says that up to now there has been a failure of government to support people to self-isolate.

    Only one in four people applying for support grants are having their applications approved, he adds.

  6. We may need slightly tougher restrictions, says expert

    Dr Christine Tait-Burkard

    Dr Christine Tait-Burkard warns we may need slightly tougher restrictions to bring down case numbers.

    The public health expert points out non-essential work may be cancelled going forwards.

    She points out we have much better drugs now to prevent people going into ICU.

    Dr Tait-Burkard says this allows people to also get out of hospital quicker.

  7. 'Intention is to vaccinate all adults' - DCMO

    Nicola Steedman

    Deputy Chief Medical Officer Nicola Steedman says the intention is to vaccinate all adults.

    Dr Steedman explains the priority list may change but it would be based on decisions by the JCVI (Joint Committee on Vaccination and Immunisation).

    She turns to the need to factor in a certain amount of wastage of the vaccine, but stresses it will be minimised.

    "We are trying to use every drop of the vaccine that we possibly can."

  8. Vaccine plan temporarily taken off Scottish government website

    STV question

    STV's Gordon Chree says the vaccine rollout plan published last night has been subsequently deleted.

    Mr Chree says it does not appear to give any target date for all adults to be vaccinated by and what practical steps are being taken to avoid wastage of the vaccine.

    The first minister says the vaccine plan has been temporarily taken off the Scottish government website as the UK government raised concerns about the level of information about supply of the vaccine that was included.

    She explains the UK government has concerns about commercial confidentially and discussions are ongoing to address them.

  9. 'It is completely normal to feel anxious'

    Dr Cook says the negative impact many of us are feeling during the current restrictions is real, and the expression 'It’s OK not to feel OK' is as relevant now as ever.

    The medical officer says people should try to chat with friends, stay connected online, keep up a daily routine, get a good night’s sleep and stay physically active.

    The Clear Your Head website has been updated with more advice on how to stay well, and further support for mental health issues.

    Sometime changes don’t help with feelings of fear, stress, anxiety or other reactions, says Dr Cook. It is completely normal to feel like that, he adds.

    There is other support around emotional wellbeing available at NHS Inform and people can also call Breathing Space on 0800-838587 or the Samaritans on 116123.

    Pleas don’t wait for something you think is minor to get worse, Dr Cook adds. Call your GP or NHS 24 on 111.

  10. 'If you need help, it is out there' - principal medical officer

    Dr Alastair Cook

    Dr Alastair Cook, principal medical officer for the Scottish government, speaks about the importance of mental health.

    Dr Cook says this time of year can often be difficult anyway, with a combination of shorter days, poor weather and the end of the festive season.

    His main message is: If you need help, it is out there.

    Re-entering lockdown will inevitably have affected people's mental health in lots of different ways, he says.

    Quote Message: It is important to hold onto the reality that this is temporary, and things will get better from Dr Alastair Cook Principal Medical Officer for the Scottish Government
    Dr Alastair CookPrincipal Medical Officer for the Scottish Government
  11. 'Stay Home, Protect the NHS, Save Lives'

    The first minister points out we are all dependent on each other to get through this pandemic.

    If you are asked to self-isolate please do so immediately, but do not hesitate to ask for support if you need it, she stresses.

    Ms Sturgeon says our decisions right now affect the health and wellbeing of everyone.

    The main message is a very simple one: "Stay At Home".

    The first minister says people should be asking if going out is essential and should cut down all interactions.

    As ever, the first minister calls on us to follow FACTS.

    She ends by saying: "Stay Home, Protect the NHS, Save Lives."

    FACTS
  12. Sturgeon highlights importance of self-isolating

    The first minister stresses the importance of self-isolation to stop the spread of the virus.

    She says it is essential to keep the virus under control but it is really hard.

    Ms Sturgeon says everyone must self-isolate from the moment they are first told to, or have symptoms.

    She accepts that many people may not have support and should use the National Assistance Helpline.

    The first minister points out that if you agree to give your council details, the self-isolation assistance service will contact you.

    If you are on a low income you might be eligible for the Self-isolation Support Grant of £500.

  13. FM highlights help is available

    Takeaway bags

    The first minister turns to the National Assistance Helpline: 0800 111 4000.

    It's open from Monday to Friday from 9am to 5pm and it supports people who need help. That might be food, medicine, emotional support or contact with volunteer groups.

    Here's some more ways to get support and help:

    1.NHS Inform

    The latest from NHS Scotland and the Scottish government, including social distancing, face covering and stay at home advice.

    2.Test and Protect

    If you have Covid-19 symptoms go immediately to NHS Inform online or phone 0800 028 2816 to book a test

    The latest from NHS Scotland and the Scottish government, including social distancing, face covering and stay at home advice.

    3. The ready.scot website

    It has been updated with the latest help and advice and how you can help others.

    6. The Clear Your Head website

    It's ok to not feel yourself right now, here are some tips to help get you through the pandemic.

  14. 'Should I do it?'

    There are early signs of optimism that case numbers may be beginning to stabilise, says the first minister.

    However, Ms Sturgeon says the case numbers are still far too high and the new variant is highly infectious.

    She asks everyone not to think in terms of the maximum they can do within the rules, rather that the question we should ask ourselves "is not can I do this, do the rules allow me to do this, the question we should be asking is should I do it?"

    Ms Sturgeon says we should only do that which is essential and we should try to limit our interactions as much as we possibly can.

  15. Covid in Scotland: The six new lockdown rules

    The first minister says many people will be struggling quite a lot right now and stresses there is help out there if you need it.

    Ms Sturgeon turns to the new lockdown restrictions announced yesterday.

    The changes will come into effect on Saturday and cover the following six areas:

    1. Click and Collect
    2. Takeaway services
    3. Alcohol consumption
    4. Working from home
    5. Home maintenance
    6. Stay at home message

    Click here to find out all the details.