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Booster programme for older and more vulnerable now underway

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Over 75s, immunosuppressed individuals and those living in care home are now able to receive an additional Covid-19 booster vaccination as part of its efforts to protect those at highest risk from Covid-19.People in...

Coronavirus – spring booster programme begins on Monday

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At risk groups will be offered a further dose of vaccine.Spring booster doses will be offered to those aged 75 and over and people at highest risk of severe COVID-19 disease from Monday.To...

Coronavirus – National Records of Scotland announce decrease in number of deaths from last...

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National Records of Scotland have issued a weekly update on Wednesday confirming the number of deaths involving Covid-19 for Week 07: 14 February – 20 February 2022.As at 20 February 2022, 13,235 deaths have...
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Coronavirus – National Records report Covid-19 statistics

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National Records of Scotland have announced the number of deaths involving Covid-19 for Week 3 which runs from 17 – 23 January 2022.As at 23 January 2022, 12,823 deaths have been registered in Scotland...

Coronavirus – changes tointernational travel restrictions

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Following agreement at a cross-UK meeting earlier today, testing requirements for most people are being removed.Fully vaccinated people arriving in Scotland are no longer required to take tests. Further work will be done...

Coronavirus – today’s numbers and tomorrow’s relaxation of the rules

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There are 6,329 new cases of Covid-19 reported today, and unusually 4 deaths are also reported taking the death toll to 10,199. (Register offices are closed at the weekends).Other numbers are very similar and...

Coronavirus – today’s figures and new analysis

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From today Public Health Scotland (PHS) has delved a bit deeper into the number of patients in hospital in its regular report. The health body has differentiated between those who are in hospital "because...

Letter from Scotland

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Who would have thought we would be entering another year riding out a fourth wave of Covid?  And each wave seems bigger than the last, simply because we are getting tired and the damage...

Changes to bus timetable from Thursday

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Lothian Buses will make changes to its timetable from Thursday by running a Saturday service on all Lothian and Lothian Country services until 22 January due to shortage of staff.Many members of staff are...

Coronavirus in numbers

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The number of positive cases of Covid-19 reported since the start of the pandemic in March 2020 will pass one million in Scotland by Thursday.Today in the UK 194,747 new Covid cases were recorded...

Coronavirus – highest daily rate of cases reported

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The Scottish Government has reported rising numbers of Covid-19 cases over the three days since Christmas. These numbers use provisional data and there will be a catch up tomorrow when parliament reconvenes.The figures...

Coronavirus – temporary measures come into effect

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Temporary measures to limit the spread of the Omicron variant whilst the accelerated booster vaccination programme takes effect have come into force.From 05:00 on 26 December attendance at large events has been limited to:100...
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Coronavirus – nightclubs to close from 27 December

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Nightclubs will close from 27 December to tackle the transmission of Omicron which continues to spread rapidly.The measure follows feedback from nightclubs on the impact of incoming restrictions needed to slow the spread of...

Coronavirus – drop-in clinics in Edinburgh

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NHS Lothian has opened drop-in clinics where anyone who is eligible can obtain their booster dose of Covid-19 vaccine.This is the most up to date list but further information can be found on...

Coronavirus – Chair of Covid-19 inquiry appointed

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The Hon Lady Poole QC has been appointed chair to the public inquiry into the handling of Covid-19 in Scotland.The Deputy First Minister John Swinney confirmed to MSPs at The Scottish Parliament that...

Coronavirus – new measures to be introduced from midnight on Friday

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Following the First Minister's address to the nation and her statement to The Scottish Parliament on Tuesday, additional measures to manage the increased risks of transmission associated with Omicron will be introduced from midnight...

Coronavirus – Omicron and Covid boosters: everything you need to know

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by Paul Hunter, University of East Anglia The omicron variant of Covid is now spreading rapidly. Early reports suggest omicron causes less severe disease than other variants but it still poses a risk to the...

Letter from Scotland

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We’ve had the first storm of the winter, Storm Arwen.A week later, we are still recovering from its 90mph battering.  In the North East and the Borders, electricity and water supplies were cut...
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Coronavirus – more cases of omicron discovered

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The Scottish Government has confirmed that cases of the omicron variant have increased to 29.Earlier in the week The First Minister confirmed that the first cases of the new variant appeared to trace...
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Coronavirus – locations of community test centres and mobile test units

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Here are the latest details of the test centres for people with no COVID-19 symptoms and have not been identified as a close contact.There’s no need to book and testing is free, fast and safe....

Coronavirus – omicron: why the WHO designated it a variant of concern

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New travel restrictions have been introduced for certain countries in southern Africa, and in England mask wearing rules are being revived. Ed Fell Professor of Microbial Evolution at The Milner Centre for Evolution, University...

Coronavirus – government adds testing to certification scheme

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The First Minister, Nicola Sturgeon, announced to MSPs today that the vaccine certification scheme will remain in place, and that the option of a negative lateral flow test result can be used at certain...

Coronavirus – flu and Covid booster doses – invitations to begin for over sixties

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Scotland’s flu and Covid-19 Booster programmes continue to be rolled out.People aged between 60 to 69 and adults aged 16 and over with underlying health conditions will start to receive invitations for both their...

Coronavirus – red list now reduced to just seven countries

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From Monday 11 October a total of 47 countries will be removed from the international travel red list.The changes, which are the first since 4 October when the traffic light system was scrapped, have...

Coronavirus – drop in clinics for 12 to 15 year-olds open

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Young people aged 12 to 15 will be able to get a COVID-19 vaccine at drop-in clinics across Lothian from Monday.Mass clinics are set up in West Lothian, Midlothian and Edinburgh and will open...

Coronavirus – vaccinations will now be offered to 16 and 17-year-olds

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All young people in Scotland who are aged 16 or 17 will now be offered the Covid-19 vaccination.The Joint Committee on Vaccination and Immunisation (JCVI) has issued advice allowing young people to be offered a...
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Coronavirus – vaccine bus is in Grassmarket today and tomorrow

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NHS Lothian’s mobile Covid-19 vaccination clinic will visit Edinburgh’s Grassmarket this weekend as part of the nationwide campaign to vaccinate as many people as possible.The mobile clinic will be run by the health board...

Coronavirus – moving to Level 0 from 19 July

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Confirming the change to Level 0 during a statement to parliament on Tuesday over video link, the First Minister urged people to stick to Covid-19 measures and "sensible precautions" to suppress Covid-19 to help...

Vaccination centre at Edinburgh Park will close after this weekend

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The vaccination centre at the former RBS building in Edinburgh Park will close after the final patients are treated this weekend. Until Sunday afternoon anyone can visit the site either with or without...
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Coronavirus – NHS Lothian under pressure

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In common with several other health boards in Scotland, NHS Lothian has said that the increased number of Covid-19 cases and hospitalisation is putting pressure on their services.There is a high number of...

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