This page gives a rolling update on COVID-19 coronavirus. It will be kept up to date as much as possible.
There are now confirmed cases of Coronavirus (COVID-19) across Scotland.
Health services are dealing with the outbreak, and we must play our own part to help prevent further spread by following the latest medical advice.
People have been advised to follow the public health advice for coronavirus, which is continuously updated and can be found on the NHS Inform website.
Crucially, people are asked to remember FACTS:
On March 17th 2020, the First Minister of Scotland, Nicola Sturgeon MSP, provided a full update on the challenges ahead and measures being taken to address them as a result of coronavirus. You can read the full statement here on the Scottish Government website.
Additionally, the four nations’ Action Plan and tailored guidance for Scotland’s unique landscape were both published. These documents set out additional arrangements for Scotland, what we know so far, and what actions will be taken at each phase in response to the coronavirus.
Much of this planning has been based on reasonable worst case scenarios which will be refined as our understanding of the virus develops, but it is vital that we are well equipped to deal with all possibilities.
On May 21 2020, the First Minister published the Coronavirus (COVID-19): framework for decision making - Scotland's route map through and out of the crisis that gives an indication of the order in which we will carefully and gradually seek to change current restrictions.
May 29th 2020, lockdown began to ease with physical distancing and staying at home still essential to tackling the virus.
If you’ve developed a new continuous cough and/or a fever/high temperature/loss or taste or smell in the last 7 days, stay at home for 10 days from the start of your symptoms and arrange to get tested..
Anyone over the age of 5 who has developed symptoms of coronavirus is now eligible for a test. These can be booked online: www.nhs.uk/coronavirus or by calling 0300 303 2713.
Using the new "Test and Protect" system, you will be asked to share your recent close contacts, and they will be confidentially contacted and asked to self-isolate for 10 days.
Do not go to your GP, pharmacy or hospital.
Only phone 111 if your symptoms:
If you have a medical emergency, phone 999 and tell them you have COVID-19 symptoms.
If you have symptoms and live with others:
If you live with other people and have symptoms, they'll need to stay at home for 10 days from the start of your symptoms even if they don’t have symptoms themselves.
If they develop symptoms within the 10 days, they need to stay at home for 7 days from the day their symptoms began. They should do this even if it takes them over the 10-day isolation period.
Everyone in Scotland is also being asked to download the NHS Scotland Test and Protect App, the confidential, contact tracing app to help protect each other and reduce the spread of COVID-19 across Scotland.
If you have a non-COVID19 related health concern, please contact your GP or 111. In an emergency, call 999.
Free information for people who do not have symptoms but are looking for general advice is available at NHSinform.scot or call the helpline on 0800 028 2816
From June 22nd 2020, face coverings are mandatory on all forms of public transport, taxis and private hire cars. Face coverings are also now mandatory in shops. Even when you go out normally, the Scottish Government has advised you wear a face covering in enclosed areas.
As of August 31st 2020, face coverings should be worn in secondary school areas where physical distancing is difficult, like corridors. Children aged 5+ should also wear face coverings on school transport.
From September 14th 2020, face coverings are mandatory in indoor hospitality venues for staff and customers when not eating and drinking (eg when entering a venue). Limited exemptions apply.
Governments are still advising those who are at increased risk of severe illness from coronavirus (COVID-19) to be particularly stringent in following social distancing measures.
This group includes those who are:
The aim is to get as many people as possible vaccinated as quickly as possible. This will help drive infections to the lowest level possible, particularly as a significantly more infectious and faster spreading strain has developed. NHS Scotland strongly recommends you get the vaccine when offered it.
Your local NHS Scotland will be in touch with you to arrange your vaccination appointment when you are eligible. It's important not to contact your GP practice for a vaccination before then.
The coronavirus vaccine is free to everyone in Scotland. Do not share your bank details with anyone offering you the vaccine for a fee
NHS Scotland will follow the Joint Committee on Vaccination and Immunisation (JCVI) advice and vaccinate those most at risk first, and those who work closest with them. People aged 50 or over are most at risk, and the risk increases with age.
Older adults living in care homes are at greater risk because large groups of especially vulnerable people are living together, in surroundings where the virus can spread quickly.
Frontline healthcare and social care workers are also at risk as they may be exposed to infection.
JCVI advises the order of priority for the coronavirus vaccination (jab, injection) is:
It will be offered to the rest of the adult population thereafter.
You should not get the coronavirus vaccine if you've had a severe anaphylactic reaction to any of the ingredients in the vaccine or a previous dose of the vaccine.
Some groups of people are considered to be at extremely high risk of severe illness with COVID-19. These people should strictly follow shielding measures, which remains separate to the general advice.
People falling into this group are those who may be at particular risk due to complex health problems such as:
Please check the guidance on shielding for more information.
Should you require additional support, including with food deliveries, you can check the Scottish Government's shielding and support contacts guidance, or contact your local council.
Further guidance for health professionals can be found on the UK Government's coronavirus advice page.
Full information on the expansion of testing in Scotland is available on the Scottish Government website.
The Foreign Office has issue an Exceptional Travel Advisory Notice advising British nationals against all but essential travel as a result of COVID-19. All British nationals abroad have been advised to return home if they can.
The Scottish Government has also set up a helpline providing businesses across Scotland with advice and guidance on coronavirus (COVID-19). Callers should select option one to speak to the COVID-19 team. It is available on 0300 303 0660.
If you are concerned that your employer is breaking health and safety standards, report it here.
Further updates will be provided as the situation develops.