Above, the Herald ‘take’ on the fall in case numbers. Below, the trend
1 165 cases in the last 24 hours is the lowest since the 28th December and less than half that of the peak of 2649 on the 7th January. The 7-day average death, though still tragic is also down at 57.3 on the13th, to 50.4.
In the First Minister’s briefing, but not likely to feature much elsewhere, this clarification of the situation in care homes:
However, as of today, I can report that more than 90% of care home residents – the top priority group – have now received their first dose of vaccine.
Indeed, a number of health boards have now given the first dose of vaccine to 100% of their care home residents.
In addition, more than 70% of care home staff have had their first dose.
And more than 70% of all frontline health and care workers have also received the first dose.
We made a deliberate decision – in line with JCVI advice – to focus firstly on elderly care home residents, because we know they have the greatest vulnerability to becoming ill and dying from this virus and we have very painfully seen that in reality over recent months.
Consequently, making sure this group benefits from the protection of the vaccine as quickly as possible is likely to have the biggest and most immediate impact on saving lives.
However, vaccinating in care homes – for obvious reasons – is more time consuming and labour intensive than doing so in the community, and this is why overall figures are at this stage lower than in England, where more over-80s generally but a lower proportion of care home residents have so far received the vaccine.