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Coronavirus – route out of lockdown

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The First Minister held a media briefing today, the first since the election, when she announced some measures which will accelerate the route out of lockdown.Scots will now be able to meet in...

Coronavirus – National Records of Scotland announce number of deaths for the last week

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As at 25 April, 10,078 deaths have been registered in Scotland where the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) was mentioned on the death certificate, according to statistics published by National Records of Scotland (NRS) on Wednesday....

Coronavirus – new Check in Scotland app available now

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New app to enable faster contact tracing of Covid-19 cases. A new digital service to support businesses in collecting contact details for contact tracing purposes, Check in Scotland, is now available at venues which are...

Coronavirus – route out of lockdown – further relaxations

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Today the First Minister, Nicola Sturgeon announced that our route out of lockdown will go just a little bit more quickly.The First Minister confirmed that all parts of the country will move to...

Coronavirus – India added to the red list

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Anyone travelling to Scotland from India will be subject to additional restrictions on arrival.Ministers have taken the decision to put India on the acute risk list of travel countries after the Joint Biosecurity Centre...

An uneasy Springtime

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As I poke my head out from the long hibernation of winter I just don’t know what to expect. None of us do. Will the vaccine win the race against the virus?When will life...

Coronavirus – children will go back to school this month

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The First Minister announced that children, except those who are shielding, will all go back to school after the Easter holidays.Those who are on the shielding list will stay at home until 26 April...

Coronavirus – National Records of Scotland update on death figures

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As at 28 March 2021, 9,958 deaths have been registered in Scotland where Covid-19 was mentioned on the death certificate, according to the latest numbers published by National Records of Scotland (NRS) on Wednesday. In...

Coronavirus – some services will open from Monday

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The First Minister, Nicola Sturgeon, announced that plans to open up services from Friday and next Monday can go ahead due to decreasing number of cases in Scotland.People across Scotland can make non-essential journeys...

Coronavirus – business takes second place to sport

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EDINBURGH BUSINESS SUFFERS FROM COVID RULES INCONSISTENCYRich Dyson who runs Edinburgh Photography Workshop has contacted The Scottish Government to complain that his business is unfairly impacted by the Covid-19 rules put in place at...

Coronavirus – new Covid testing centre in Oxgangs Library opens today

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The UK Government has opened a new walk-through coronavirus testing centre at Oxgangs Library.  The test centre is part of the largest network of diagnostic testing facilities created in British history. In Scotland, this comprises 8...

Coronavirus – commemorating the pandemic

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The First Minister will lead a minute's silence at 12 noon today to mark the first anniversary of the beginning of the lockdown as a response to the pandemic.The government has set up a...

Coronavirus – further restrictions on passengers arriving in Scotland

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Ministers have agreed, on the basis of advice from the Joint Biosecurity Centre, to place additional restrictions on travellers arriving in Scotland from the Ethiopia, Oman, Qatar and Somalia.All passengers travelling to Scotland will...

Coronavirus – two million Scots have had their first vaccination

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In the biggest vaccination programme in Scotland, two million doses of vaccine have now been administered to 44% of the eligible population.Ian Love (60) from Dunipace was among those who received the vaccination today,...

Coronavirus – First Minister’s statement in full

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The First Minister, Nicola Sturgeon addressed MSPs in The Scottish Parliament this afternoon with a major announcement on likely dates in the weeks and months ahead which will be key on the path out...

Coronavirus – the next steps out of lockdown

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The First Minister set out the path out of lockdown today at Holyrood in an address to MSPs following a Cabinet meeting this morning.The relaxations are naturally all dependent on rolling out vaccines and...

Coronavirus – concern over vaccine letters in East Lothian

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A campaign to ensure people do not miss their Covid vaccine has emerged on social media amid claims some appointment letters are not being delivered on time.Social media posts sharing a freephone number to...

Coronavirus – support for business ongoing

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Since last November The Scottish Government has paid out more than half a billion pounds in support to businesses in Scotland.The Strategic Framework Business Fund had paid out £214 million by 22 February...

Coronavirus – National Records of Scotland announce weekly statistics

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The National Records of Scotland have announced that 9,725 deaths have been registered in Scotland where the novel coronavirus was mentioned on the death certificate as at 7 March 2021.In the week 1-7 March...

Coronavirus – no further cases of P1 variant

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The Health Secretary Jeane Freeman has announced that no further cases of a Covid-19 Variant of Concern first identified in Manaus, Brazil, have been identified in Scotland.The three Scottish residents who initially tested positive...

Coronavirus – more than half of care home residents have had second dose of...

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The biggest mass vaccination programme in Scotland has now delivered second doses of the Covid-19 vaccine to more than half of care home residents.In total, 17,258 care home residents which equates to 58% of...

Coronavirus – National Records of Scotland announce weekly statistics

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The National Records of Scotland has just announced the week's statistics at 28 February 2021. This includes the number of deaths where Covid-19 was mentioned on the death certificate.There were 9,580 deaths which were...

Coronavirus – new walk through testing centre opens in Edinburgh

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A new UK Government walk-through coronavirus testing centre has opened on Saturday at Ainslie Park Leisure Centre Car Park in Granton, EH5 2HF. In Scotland there are now seven drive through sites, 33 walk-through sites, 42...

Hospitality group sets out their key demands

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Some of the big names in Scottish hospitality, including hotel owners in Edinburgh and Lothians, have proposed to The Scottish Government that along with the rest of the UK find a path to a...

Coronavirus – route out of lockdown will be a cautious one

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Today was a big news day for everyone in the country, but the The Scottish Government continues to urge a careful, steady approach to exiting this lockdown.So for the next few weeks...

Coronavirus – Lockdown roadmap: is the UK’s exit plan the right one? Three experts...

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 by Andrew Lee, University of Sheffield; Peter Sivey, University of York, and Zania Stamataki, University of BirminghamUK Prime Minister, Boris Johnson, has announced the steps his government will take to end England’s lockdown over...

Coronavirus – appointments now announced for the next priority group

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Those people who have underlying health conditions and also unpaid carers are beginning to receive Covid-19 vaccination appointments.Priority group 6 is one of the largest on the Joint Committee on Vaccination and Immunisation (JCVI)...

Coronavirus – visiting to begin again at care homes in March

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The Scottish Government has announced that routine indoor visiting of care home residents by relatives, friends and carers may begin again from early March.Care providers have been asked to support residents to have...

Edinburgh business coach’s top honour

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An Edinburgh businessman is celebrating being named one of the country’s top business coaches after helping owners survive lockdown.Alan Smith has been voted ActionCOACH’s Coach of the Year for Scotland, the first time he...

Coronavirus – government tightens testing rules

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The First Minister announced today at Holyrood that there will be a tightening of rules around testing of close contacts from Thursday.Anyone who is identified as a close contact of someone who has...

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