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Coronavirus case numbers continue to rise across the country

By David Porter

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In Scotland the total number of positive cases reported yesterday was 1297 which represents 17.2 per cent of people newly tested, and takes the total number of cases to 41,256.

A total of 419 of the new cases were in the NHS Greater Glasgow and Clyde area 337 in NHS Lanarkshire, 191 in NHS Lothian and 95 inNHS Ayrshire.

NHS Grampian saw 55 cases while NHS Highland recorded 13 cases.

In the seven days to October 11 there have been 49 cases in Aberdeenshire and 238 in Aberdeen City.

Speaking at her daily briefing, First Minister Nicola Sturgeon expressed her thoughts on the effects the lockdown was having on the economy.

She said: "Last week, we confirmed £40 million of support for those in the hospitality sector and others who are being hit by the current temporary restrictions.

"We are currently establishing with business our new Young Person’s Guarantee to ensure employment, education or training opportunities for all young people.

"And we launched a new transition training fund last week.

"It will make training available for up to 10,000 people over the age of 25, who have lost their jobs - or are at risk of redundancy - as a result of Covid-19.

"We will do all we can to protect jobs and businesses, but we must remember that the most important thing we can do for the long term good of the economy is keep the virus from running out of control.

"This can’t be seen as a contest between health and the economy.

"Keeping people safe from a potentially deadly virus is a prerequisite of a strong economy - and in turn, a strong economy is vital for our health and wellbeing.

"These are not opposing objectives - even if it sometimes feels like they are - they are two sides of the same coin."

She added: "All of us without exception could be required to self isolate at any time - if we develop symptoms of Covid; if we find through a test that we have Covid; or if we are identified as a contact of somebody with Covid.

"And when we are asked to self-isolate, we have to do so completely.

"That means staying at home immediately, and not going anywhere else for the recommended period.

"We can’t go to the shops one last time or go out to make any other preparations – because if we do that, the risk is we could pass the virus on to somebody else.

"And self-isolation is really hard.

"But although it’s tough for anyone, it’s especially tough for a worker on a low income, who risks losing some or all of that income because they need to self-isolate.

"That’s what the new self-isolation support grant is for.

"It is one of the ways in which we try to ensure that people have the help they need, while they help all of us by self-isolating and protecting us from the virus.

"It recognises that nobody should be forced to choose between doing the right thing, and being able to pay their rent or feed themselves.

"The grant is targeted at people on low incomes.

"But other forms of support are available for people who need them.

"In particular if you need help with food or other vital supplies while you are self-isolating, you can get help through the Ready Scotland website.

"And if you can’t get online, you can call our national assistance helpline - the number is 0800 111 4000."

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