By Lucy Ashton

Sir Billy Connolly has received his first dose of the coronavirus vaccine.

The comedian’s wife Pamela Stephenson shared an image on social media of the 78-year-old wearing a mask with a plaster on his left arm.

Alongside the picture, Ms Stephenson wrote: “Thank God… Billy had his first Covid vaccine today!”

Sir Billy, who lives in Florida, was diagnosed with Parkinson’s disease in 2013 and announced he was “finished with stand-up” last year.

He said at the time: “The Parkinson’s has made my brain work differently and you need to have a good brain for comedy.”

Meanwhile, a special Crown Office unit set up to probe Covid-linked deaths is investigating cases at 474 care homes in Scotland.

The unit was set up in May to gather information on the circumstances of all deaths in care homes.

Prosecutors will eventually decide if the deaths should be the subject of a fatal accident inquiry or prosecution.

Care homes say the investigation is “disproportionate” and placing a huge burden on overstretched staff.

The Covid-19 Deaths Investigation Team (CDIT) had received 2,242 death reports as of Monday.

The majority of them relate to people who lived in care homes.

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