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Coronavirus – reaction to recall of parliament

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The First Minister has asked the Presiding Officer to recall parliament on Monday after a meeting of the government's resilience committee on Saturday to discuss the spread of the new variant of the virus.A...

Coronavirus – Parliament to be recalled on Monday

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UPDATED AT 11.42The Presiding Officer Ken Macintosh is recalling parliament on Monday when the First Minister will address MSPs on the latest coronavirus situation.Glenn Campbell of the BBC tweeted the news this morning although...

Coronavirus – joint statement from Chief Medical Officers

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All four UK Chief Medical Officers have issued a joint statement on the vaccination rollout including guidance on the newly approved vaccine developed by AstraZeneca and Oxford University.The MHRA authorisation includes conditions that the AstraZeneca (Oxford)...

Edinburgh man Barnabas Cox awarded British Empire Medal

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A 24-year-old Edinburgh engineer/designer has been awarded the British Empire Medal in the New Year’s Honours List for 'voluntary services to Health Workers in Scotland during the Covid-19 pandemic'.Barnabas Cox graduated from Edinburgh Napier...

Coronavirus – test centres are open

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Testing centres open as normal over the holiday period.Anyone with Covid-19 symptoms should not put off getting tested because of the holiday period, National Clinical Director Professor Jason Leitch said today.Testing centres are open...

Coronavirus – relaxation of restrictions limited to Christmas Day

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The Scottish Government has announced that the relaxation of restrictions over the Christmas period is being reined back.Scotland will significantly tighten protections against Covid-19 to prevent the spread of the new, highly contagious...

Coronavirus – travel is reason behind East Lothian spike

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by Local Democracy Reporter Marie SharpNational Clinical Director, Jason Leitch, gave his view on why there has been a surge in East Lothian Covid-19 cases, leading to a return to  Level 3 restrictions in the...

Coronavirus – vaccinations rolled out in East Lothian care homes

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by Local Democracy Reporter Marie SharpHealth teams across East Lothian began heading out to vaccinate care home residents on Thursday.Krista Clubb, the county’s vaccination service manager, took to social media to share a...

Coronavirus – change to quarantine rules

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The Scottish Government has announced a couple of changes to the exemptions to quarantine rules. These are said to be the final planned adjustments of 2020 to quarantine exemptions.Travellers arriving in Scotland from Namibia,...

Coronavirus – National Records of Scotland weekly update

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National Records of Scotland have just announced the number of deaths involving Covid-19 for week 50: 7- 13 December 2020As at 13th December, a total of 6,092 deaths have been registered in Scotland where...

Coronavirus – reviews in East Lothian and Midlothian

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by Marie Sharp Local Democracy ReporterEast Lothian is moving back up to Level 3 coronavirus restrictions from Friday after the number of positive Covid-19 cases soared.First Minister Nicola Sturgeon said that case rates in the...

Midlothian Council advises second vaccine on the way

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by Marie Sharp Local Democracy ReporterMidlothian health bosses have been told to get ready to administer a second Covid-19 vaccine from 21 December 2020.The AstraZeneca vaccine is expected to be approved for distribution...

Coronavirus – disappointment at protection level for Edinburgh remaining the same

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by Joseph Anderson Local Democracy ReporterIn the weekly review of Covid-19 protections set for Edinburgh, The Scottish Government decided to retain Edinburgh in Level Three for the next week.Earlier this week, the Local...

Coronavirus – new Levels of protection announced for local authority areas

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The Scottish Government has announced on Tuesday that more than two million people who have been living under the strictest Covid-19 protection level for three weeks will have restrictions eased on Friday.This follows improvement...

Coronavirus – first Scottish vaccinations take place at the Western General

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The first vaccinations against coronavirus have been given in Edinburgh to those who will be carrying out the vaccination programme.Initial supplies of the Pfizer/BioNTech vaccine have been arriving at NHS health boards all over...

The first Covid-19 vaccine arrives in Scotland

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The Scottish Government has announced that the first Covid-19 vaccine arrived in Scotland on Saturday.Health Secretary, Jeane Freeman, welcomed the news. Ms Freeman said:“I am pleased to announce that the vaccine is now...

Bonus payment for NHS and social care workers

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Pandemic workforce thanked for their service.The First Minister announced a one-off payment for those working in the NHS and social care, saving lives and caring for those who need it, throughout the Covid-19 pandemic.A...

Coronavirus – asymptomatic testing begins at University of Edinburgh

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The asymptomatic testing site for students backed by the UK Government opened on Monday 30 November 2020 at the University of Edinburgh.The programme is run in partnership with the University of Edinburgh and other...

Coronavirus – Christmas arrangements agreed

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Late this afternoon all four UK governments have agreed what will happen in December.This will be a cautious and limited relaxation of the rules on household meetings in an effort to support people...

Coronavirus – no change in Midlothian but East Lothian moves down to Level 2

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The Scottish Government has determined that East Lothian will move down a level of the Strategic Framework of Covid-19 restrictions but Midlothian will remain in Level 3.Success in suppressing Covid-19 cases in East Lothian...

Edinburgh likely to remain in Level Three

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by Joseph Anderson Local Democracy ReporterEdinburgh’s coronavirus restriction level is set to remain at level three, over fears the rate of infection in the capital is rising.Today the number of cases reported in the...

Coronavirus – travel restrictions now law

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Travel restrictions have become law this weekend.The capital remains in Level three of The Scottish Government’s Covid-19 restrictions framework for now following the latest weekly review announced by the First Minister. The framework aims...

Letter to the Editor – the conundrum of coronavirus rules

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Following the imposition of Level Four restrictions on eleven local authority areas in the west of Scotland, there are even more rules to abide by.Today the number of deaths from Covid-19 has exceeded...

Coronavirus – vaccine progress could be welcome news

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Pharma giant Pfizer has announced an apparent breakthrough in developing a Covid-19 vaccine.The company along with BioNTech SE has announced the vaccine BNT162b2 which they say demonstrated 'evidence of efficiency against Covid-19 in participants...

Letter from Scotland

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As I write, the swings and roundabouts of the American electoral system are slowly working out whether Donald Trump should continue to live in The White House or whether he should spend more time...

Coronavirus – National Records of Scotland – weekly figures

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National Records of Scotland announced the number of deaths involving COVID-19 registered in Week 44: from 26 October - 1 November on Wednesday.As at 1 November 2020, 4,649 deaths have been registered in Scotland where the novel...

Erin’s earrings find the sweet spot

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Setting up a jewellery business during the lockdown was not so much a lightbulb moment as a necessity for Erin Budden.The technical sales executive at the EICC was one of a number of staff...

Coronavirus – Level Three restrictions come into force today

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From today there are new local protection levels in place in Scotland.These are intended to help curb the spread of coronavirus in the whole country and they come into effect from 6.00am today,...

Updated guidance on face coverings in schools will come into effect from Monday

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Government guidance on school safety has been updated to take account of public health advice and Scotland’s new approach to suppressing coronavirus (COVID-19).The guidance, which outlines additional protection measures at all five levels in...

Letter from Scotland

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Halloween is to be a very private affair this year.  Nae guising allowed. And by All Saints Day we will be preparing for another long round of Covid-19 restrictions, based on our local council...

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