Calendar An icon of a desk calendar. Cancel An icon of a circle with a diagonal line across. Caret An icon of a block arrow pointing to the right. Email An icon of a paper envelope. Facebook An icon of the Facebook "f" mark. Google An icon of the Google "G" mark. Linked In An icon of the Linked In "in" mark. Logout An icon representing logout. Profile An icon that resembles human head and shoulders. Telephone An icon of a traditional telephone receiver. Tick An icon of a tick mark. Is Public An icon of a human eye and eyelashes. Is Not Public An icon of a human eye and eyelashes with a diagonal line through it. Pause Icon A two-lined pause icon for stopping interactions. Quote Mark A opening quote mark. Quote Mark A closing quote mark. Arrow An icon of an arrow. Folder An icon of a paper folder. Breaking An icon of an exclamation mark on a circular background. Camera An icon of a digital camera. Caret An icon of a caret arrow. Clock An icon of a clock face. Close An icon of the an X shape. Close Icon An icon used to represent where to interact to collapse or dismiss a component Comment An icon of a speech bubble. Comments An icon of a speech bubble, denoting user comments. Ellipsis An icon of 3 horizontal dots. Envelope An icon of a paper envelope. Facebook An icon of a facebook f logo. Camera An icon of a digital camera. Home An icon of a house. Instagram An icon of the Instagram logo. LinkedIn An icon of the LinkedIn logo. Magnifying Glass An icon of a magnifying glass. Search Icon A magnifying glass icon that is used to represent the function of searching. Menu An icon of 3 horizontal lines. Hamburger Menu Icon An icon used to represent a collapsed menu. Next An icon of an arrow pointing to the right. Notice An explanation mark centred inside a circle. Previous An icon of an arrow pointing to the left. Rating An icon of a star. Tag An icon of a tag. Twitter An icon of the Twitter logo. Video Camera An icon of a video camera shape. Speech Bubble Icon A icon displaying a speech bubble WhatsApp An icon of the WhatsApp logo. Information An icon of an information logo. Plus A mathematical 'plus' symbol. Duration An icon indicating Time. Success Tick An icon of a green tick. Success Tick Timeout An icon of a greyed out success tick. Loading Spinner An icon of a loading spinner.

Covid Scotland: Nicola Sturgeon says vaccines will ‘win race’ as cases soar

More guidance is to come from the Scottish Government.

Nicola Sturgeon believes the vaccine will “win the race” against the spread of the new variant as Covid-19 cases soar across Scotland.

She said that if the virus gets ahead of vaccination, more people could die and the NHS could struggle with the pressure.

The Delta variant is spreading “faster than ever before”, with the first minister warning that it is “significantly more transmissible than other variants”.

“While we are comparing case numbers now, it is the case that at the start of the year we were in a much stricter lockdown,” said Ms Sturgeon.

“Far fewer restrictions are in place now. This is the first sign that vaccination is having an affect.

“However, the new cases are still a cause for concern.”

Tayside hospitalisations have increased by 10 overnight, as Covid cases in the area soar at a rate of 754 cases per 100,000.

One death was reported in Scotland, in Perth and Kinross.

Today, 154 new positive cases were reported in Dundee and 248 were reported in Fife. 109 new cases were reported in Perth and Kinross, as well as 70 new cases in Angus.

Past the peak

The first minister said that, if considering when samples was taken for Covid-19 tests, cases actually peaked last Tuesday.

She suggested that there has been a slow deceleration in cases since then, warning that it is “still early days and we will monitor this”.

Despite the recent figures, Ms Sturgeon remains confident that restrictions will continue to ease in the coming weeks. She advised Scots to “redouble our efforts for just a few more weeks to get there as safely as possible”.

Monday saw Scotland’s highest ever daily case number, with 3,285 new cases reported. Today’s cases dropped slightly.

The new cases are predominantly among men.

Breaking the link

Ms Sturgeon stressed how the vaccine is breaking the link between cases and hospitalisations. Once the vulnerable group of the pandemic, those aged 65+ account for just 2% of new cases.

Now, more than 80% of all new cases are people under age of 44.

Throughout Scotland, 3,118 new cases of Covid-19 were reported for Tuesday. This represents 11.6% of the total tests taken.

There were 215 people in hospital yesterday, including 20 people in intensive care with recently confirmed Covid-19. Thirteen people were admitted to hospital.

Following a review of recent data, the ban on travel to Manchester and Salford will be lifted from tomorrow.

Already a subscriber? Sign in



More from The Courier Politics team

More from The Courier