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  1. Coronavirus in Scotland: The headlines

    If you are just joining us, the key points from the Scottish government briefing are:

    • The R-number may be as high at 1.4 - meaning each person with Covid-19 would go on to infect 1.4 other people.
    • 101 more people have tested positive for coronavirus in the past 24 hours.
    • Of these, 53 were in the NHS Greater Glasgow and Clyde area, which continues to face restrictions on social contact
    Nicola Sturgeon at briefing

    That's all from us on the live page, please take care and stay safe.

  2. FM: 'Elimination is my objective'

    Nicola Sturgeon

    Simon Johnson from The Telegraph says he spoke to Professor Linda Bauld who said she does not think the elimination strategy is going well, given the rise in cases.

    He says he asked the professor if Scotland had adopted a Wack-A-Mole tactic and she said absolutely.

    The first minister says she thinks a great deal of Linda Bauld who she says is an expert who talks a lot of sense.

    Ms Sturgeon adds that she is advised by experts on how to keep this virus to the lowest possible level and eliminate it if possible.

    When outbreaks occur the government will try to hit them hard, but "elimination is my objective".

  3. Prof Leitch says west of Scotland outbreak affecting families and young adults

    Professor Leitch adds that the Glasgow area outbreak is not affecting very young children or very elderly people.

    "It's families and young adults...in general terms its mixed households by gender and its mixed age groups," he says.

    That's good as the very old are the most vulnerable and one of the reasons for the restrictions is to protect that, he adds.

  4. Glasgow area outbreak more disparate than previous clusters

    Libby Brooks from The Guardian asks for more detail on the targeted restrictions brought in for the Glasgow area.

    The first minister replies that the outbreak is still ongoing and the Test and Protect work continues.

    The government will try to give people as full a picture as it develops, Ms Sturgeon pledges.

    One of the issues is that the outbreak is more disparate than we have seen, which requires targeted measures, she says.

    She points out that the decisions are informed by date, but also involve a lot of judgement.

  5. FM: 'Nobody's being punished'

    Tom Martin from the Daily Express wonders why the restrictions in the west of Scotland are so broad and cannot be more targeted. He also asks about how to deal with the feeling some might have about being punished for others' behaviours.

    "Nobody's being punished," replies Ms Sturgeon. She says she wishes she was able to say precisely where a cluster started, but unfortunately population-based measures are necessary.

    "We will try to be as targeted as possible. That can often be more difficult in a city," she adds.

    Jason Leitch adds that in some cases in has been more appropriate to go down to postcode level, such as in the Dumfries & Galloway case which was linked to Carlisle hospital employees.

  6. Health secretary defends purchase of Home Farm by NHS

    Jeane Freeman

    Katrine Bussey from PA asks if the previous owners of Home Farm, HC One, will make a profit from its sale to NHS Highland.

    If so, is that not them being rewarded financially for providing a service which the health secretary says "put at risk life and limb", asks Ms Bussey.

    Jeane Freeman says the government must do everything possible to protect citizens.

    The health secretary says the conclusion of the negotiations with HC One have provided stability and security for the residents and has been the best use of public funds.

    To have done anything else would have led to a financial arrangement that would have cost a lot more, she explains.

  7. Home Farm improvements not sustainable without NHS purchase - Freeman

    Home Farm

    Global’s Mr Knight also queries why the NHS is still seeking to buy Home Farm care home when the court action has been dropped by the Care Inspectorate.

    The health secretary says the Care Inspectorate assessed at the time the situation at the care home was a risk to life and limb.

    NHS Highland then stepped in to provide support and leadership – which meant the need for the Care Inspectorate to go to court was reduced, she says.

    However, this improvement needs to be sustained and the conclusion was this would not be the case if NHS Highland stepped away, Ms Freeman explains.

  8. Should people avoiding holidaying in Glasgow?

    Fraser Knight from Global says the incidence rate in Greece is 14 people per 100,000. This compares with 22 per 100,000 in Glasgow, suggesting it is safer to holiday in Greece right now than Glasgow.

    Should people avoid holidaying in Glasgow for the next two weeks?, he asks.

    The first minister says the advice for Glasgow residents is about not going into other people’s houses as that is what seems to be driving transmission.

    Cases per 100,000 is not the only measure to look at as getting an accurate measure will depend on the volume of testing, she adds.

    She highlights that in Glasgow the rate of return for positive test results in Scotland yesterday was around 1%, but in Glasgow it was 2.2%.

  9. Why is quarantine policy for all of Greece?

    Alan Smith from Bauer returns to the issue of quarantine and the decision to impose it on people arriving from Greece.

    Mr Smith asks why the policy covers all of Greece, while in Wales the policy only applies to Zante.

    He also asks if the case numbers keep dropping in Glasgow will the restrictions be lifted earlier?

    The first minister points out that we have to be cautious about individual days and need to look at the average over seven days.

    There is a lot of judgement applied to the restrictions, she adds, pointing out the drivers of transmission can produce the same numbers in different areas.

    On Greece, the Scottish government will come to its decision and other countries will have to come to their own decisions, Ms Sturgeon says.

  10. FM: Infectious virus still out there

    Peter Macmahon from ITV Border quotes the first minister saying the virus was “firmly in retreat” in June. He asks whether this assessment was too optimistic or are we on track to get back to our normal lives.

    Ms Sturgeon highlights there is a lot more normality back into our lives, but adds it is not a situation where we can go back to normal fully.

    An infectious virus is still out there, she adds.

    “We are fighting it in different ways now than we were when lockdown was much, much more restrictive,” the first minister says.

    She also highlights uncertainty about how the changing seasons will impact the virus.

  11. 'It's not impossible that a school will have to close'

    National Clinical Director Jason Leitch adds that it's quite difficult to be sure where the positive cases are among teachers and pupils.

    Professor Leitch points out he expects transmission in schools and and Test and Protect will interrupt the chains of transmission.

    "It may be that a few kids or few teachers, or maybe a class at a time will have to be isolated," he says.

    "We hope, it's not impossible that a school will have to close, we hope that will be kept to an absolute minimum."

    The first time we have school transmission is not such an important moment, he points out.

  12. FM says not definitive yet that there is transmission in schools

    Ewan Petrie from STV points out we have now seen the first cases of transmission in schools and unions have raised concerns about social distancing there.

    He asks if the first minister is satisfied the current guidelines are enough to mitigate the risk to staff and pupils.

    The first minister replies: "I don't think it is yet the case that we can definitively say that there has been transmission within schools."

    She explains: "We have never tried to claim that we won't have instances of transmission within schools and the guidance that is in place is designed, as effectively as possible, to mitigate against that."

    The first minister points out that well under 1% of the tests taken by younger people and children have been positive.

  13. 'Quarantine for 14 days is the most effective way to mitigate the risk'

    Jason Leitch

    Lucy Whyte from BBC Scotland points to warnings about job losses in the aviation industry and asks whether airports could take on a role in testing for Covid-19.

    The first minister says the government is continuing to look at whether there are "effective alternatives" to quarantine, but due to the period of incubation of the virus a test may not pick up all positive cases.

    "Quarantine for 14 days is the most effective way to mitigate the risk of positive cases coming into the country," she adds.

    National clinical director Jason Leitch says he hopes science will hopefully help out with this dilemma, but for now quarantine from some countries is the safest thing to do.

  14. FM warns Glasgow area cases are a 'wake-up call for all of us'

    Nicola Sturgeon says the cases in the Glasgow area should be a wake-up call for all of us.

    The first minister stresses again that people must follow the five pieces of advice in FACTS: They are:

    • Face coverings in enclosed spaces
    • Avoid crowded places
    • Clean hands and surfaces regularly
    • Two metre distancing; and
    • Self-isolate and book a test if you have symptoms
  15. Test and Protect 'doesn't magically make Covid go away'

    The first minister says some people may wonder why Test and Protect is not stopping these outbreaks.

    Ms Sturgeon explains Test and Protect is a vital part of the approach, however it is not the equivalent of a vaccine.

    "It doesn't magically make Covid go away," she says.

    "What it does is step in on these occasions when the virus gets past us. All of us when we follow all the advice are the first line of defence against it."

  16. BreakingHome Farm care home to be bought by NHS Highland

    Health Secretary Jeane Freeman confirms the Home Farm care home in Portree is to be bought by NHS Highland.

    The home is currently owned by HC One, but NHS Highland has previously stepped in after concerns were raised by the Care Inspectorate.

    A number of residents died at the care home earlier this year from coronavirus.

    All staff will be moved onto NHS contracts, says Ms Freeman, which will provide more security and better conditions.

    The health secretary also confirms new guidance on communal activities and says visiting at adult care homes has also been published today. From 7 September, care homes that meet the criteria will be able to resume services from medical specialists.

  17. FM explains west of Scotland household restrictions introduction

    Ms Sturgeon says transmission in Glasgow appears to be largely household based.

    "That is what led to the decision to impose household restrictions, but not close pubs," she says.

    She points out the government is trying to be much more guided and targeted with the measures it introduces.

    They will be reviewed in a week, the first minister reminds us.

  18. Glasgow area restrictions: 'Doing nothing was not an option'

    The first minister returns to the new restrictions following the rise in cases in the Glasgow area.

    Restrictions on visiting other households were reintroduced in Glasgow and two neighbouring areas on Tuesday.

    Ms Sturgeon says Test and Protect has indicated the cases in Glasgow City, West Dunbartonshire and East Renfrewshire are not linked to any big outbreak.

    They are instead associated with multiple, smaller, unconnected household-based clusters.

    "That then raises a concern about the risks of wider community transmission," she says.

    The first minister adds: "Doing nothing was not an option."

  19. Test and Protect informs targeted response to outbreaks, says FM

    Ms Sturgeon explains that Test and Protect provides intelligence, informing the actions that need to be taken by the government.

    The first minister says measures can then be targeted specifically, as they were with the 2 Sisters Coupar Angus outbreak.

    She points out that Test and Protect also identified in Aberdeen that the outbreak started in pubs and there was a danger of community transmission.

    The first minster says again that specific measures were brought in to fight that cluster and the Aberdeen outbreak is now effectively over.