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Techforce19 – call for technology solutions to tackle isolation

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A call has been put out to technology companies across the UK to come up with new digital support solutions for vulnerable people who have to stay at home because of coronavirus.This includes the...

Prime Minister to address the nation tonight

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The Prime Minister Boris Johnson will address the nation tonight at 8.30pm. The speech from Downing Street will be televised.This will be followed by a media briefing by the First Minister from St Andrew's...

Coronavirus – government will foot the social care bill

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Councils have been asked to increase support for care at home, nursing homes and care homes to reduce delayed discharges and free up hospital beds.Health Secretary Jeane Freeman has confirmed to COSLA that, subject...

What’s it like to self-isolate?

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One of our readers works in a city centre office.They have been in self-isolation for over a week now so we asked what it is like.Our reader replied: "Well there are two...

Coronavirus – Need a job? Berry farmers launch recruitment drive for temporary workers

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Scottish berry growers launch recruitment drive for temporary workers affected by coronavirus-related redundanciesAngus Growers farms in Scotland need over 3,000 workers to pick fresh berries this seasonSoft Fruit supplier calls on public to unite...

Lidl offer funding for meals

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Lidl will donate £100,000 to help feed vulnerable groups in the UK, such as the elderly and families who need help during school closuresThree million children are at risk of going hungry while they...

Coronavirus – Lib Dems creating community taskforce

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Lib Dems launch Coronavirus Community TaskforceLiberal Democrat Acting Leader Ed Davey has set up a Coronavirus Community Taskforce to coordinate Liberal Democrat councillors', members', activists' and supporters' response to the Coronavirus crisis in their communities.  Setting...

Coronavirus – Government funding for Age Scotland to run helpline

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First Minister Nicola Sturgeon visited Age Scotland's vital helpline for older people today and announced £80,000 extra funding for the charity.Age Scotland is handling COVID-19 inquiries from their Edinburgh office.Later there will be...

UK government to pass emergency legislation tomorrow

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Cabinet Secretary for Constitution, Europe and External Affairs Michael Russell has responded to a UK Government paper.This is the paper which outlines the measures contained in the forthcoming Coronavirus Bill at Westminster tomorrowMr Russell...

Scottish Episcopal Church suspends services

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The Scottish Episcopal Church (SEC) has today asked clergy to cease church services until further notice, to help protect the vulnerable from coronavirus.The College of Bishops took the decision after careful consideration of social...

Coronavirus – Scottish butchers to the rescue

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Butchers across Scotland are supporting their local communities in efforts to limit the spread of COVID-19.Members of the Scottish Craft Butchers and Quality Meat Scotland’s (QMS) Scotch Butchers Club are delivering locally-sourced beef lamb...

Coronavirus – updated measures now in force

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COBRA met this afternoon and agreed four specific additional measures from today for all four nations, including one regarding mass gatherings which is already in force in Scotland.These measures relate to self isolation of...

Coronavirus – Government advice on mass gatherings

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Action is intended to support critical services.Government guidance advising that gatherings of 500 people or more should not take place in Scotland has been published.First Minister Nicola Sturgeon announced the action last week to...

Coronavirus – Norwegian scaling back flights

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Due to the coronavirus situation Norwegian is gradually cancelling most of its flights and will temporarily lay off 7,300 employees.The airline has already stopped many of its flights but its priority this week...

Hibs hospitality food donated to local charities

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Generous Hibs distributed fresh fruit and vegetables, dairy products and perishables which were meant for the postponed game against St Johnstone on Saturday 14th March to local charities and community groups.Hibs fans were joined...

LIVE UPDATES – coronavirus news

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This article will run live from Monday to Friday 16 to 20 March 2020. We will update it with news related to coronavirus derived from primary sources, as and when we get it....

Community testing introduced for coronavirus

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The Scottish Government says that public should only contact their GP or NHS 111 if their symptoms worsen.Surveillance testing for COVID-19 (coronavirus) will be expanded to monitor the spread of the virus in the...
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Hearts manager and captain react to football’s suspension due to Coronavirus outbreak

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After the announcement from the Joint Response Group of the SPFL and SFA that all domestic professional football games have been suspended indefinitely, Hearts have said they fully support the decision and understand that while this scenario...

Hockey – virus forces domestic shutdown

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Scottish Hockey have suspended all domestic hockey until further notice however, friendly matches and training sessions are at the club’s discretion. A spokesman said: “Following consultation with clubs, and in light of facilities closure and...

West End Rooting for local businesses in facing coronavirus outbreak

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Appeal to help homeless virus protection brings huge responseA West End deli has been overwhelmed with the response to its appeal for customers to continuing supporting local businesses through the Coronavirus outbreakRoots owners Catriona...

Food awards postponed

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Midlothian and East Lothian Chamber have postponed the Midlothian and East Lothian Food and Drink Awards dinner previously scheduled for March 26 until Thursday, June 4 (4.30pm to 9.30pm) at Eskmills, Musselburgh. A total of...

Health initiative at major rugby matches this weekend

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Scottish Rugby is working with the Scottish Government on a major public health initiative this weekend. A wide range of measures to protect public health are being implemented at BT Murrayfield, Scotstoun and Netherdale stadiums. Measures...

Two further cases of COVID-19 in Scotland

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The Scottish Government says that the public have vital role to play in helping contain any outbreak.As expected by the Chief Medical Officer there have been two further patients in Scotland who have tested...

Scottish Government say there could be a ‘significant outbreak’ of Coronavirus in Scotland

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The First Minister Nicola Sturgeon briefed the media this morning alongside Health Secretary Jeane Freeman and the Chief Medical Officer, Dr Catherine Calderwood.Their message was clear. They are planning for the worst, prepared...

First coronavirus patient diagnosed in Scotland

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A patient has been diagnosed with coronavirus (COVID-19) in Scotland.Following a positive test result for the virus, they have been admitted to hospital and are receiving treatment in isolation.The patient is a resident of...

Drive through Coronavirus testing at the Western General

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The Scottish Government has announced that more testing for coronavirus is available.NHS Lothian has introduced 'drive through' testing which will allow anyone with symptoms and an appointment, to be tested while sitting in your...

The Scottish Government issues Coronavirus update

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Two patients test negative. Results for two of the patients in Scotland being tested for Wuhan Novel Coronavirus have come back negative.There are currently no confirmed cases in the UK, and the risk to the...

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