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First Minister’s Briefing 21st September 2020

At her daily media briefing, the First Minister covered the following issues:

  • Daily statistics: 255 people have tested positive for Covid-19, taking the total number to 24,627; 73 are in hospital with a confirmed case (+10), with 8 being treated in intensive care. No deaths were registered in the last 24 hours of people who tested positive meaning the total remains 2,505 under that measurement.
  • The FM said Covid-19 was now spreading in Scotland and “doing nothing is not an option”, with the R number above 1, and that it was a “serious moment” for the country. However, she added that the country was in a much better position than in March 2020 in terms of dealing with the virus.
  • The Scottish Government “endorse the overall message conveyed” by the UK Government’s Chief Medical and Scientific Advisers at their press conference earlier in the day which warned that there could be 50,000 new coronavirus cases in the UK by mid-October without further action.
  • The FM argued that “further and urgent action” was now needed to suppress the virus and that she and her officials were concluding assessing the variety of options and discussions were ongoing. The Scottish Government are preparing to introduce a package of additional measures with the view to reducing the R number below 1.
  • The FM will hold a call with the UK Prime Minister following her media briefing and there will also be a COBRA meeting (timing to be confirmed). At this call, the FM intends to press the PM for “decisive and coordinated action”. She hoped that there could be a 4-nations approach as much as possible.
  • The FM expects further restrictions in the next 48 hours and will also update the Scottish Parliament, either tomorrow or Wednesday, to unveil the next steps.

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