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Council hears there are 40,000 not fully vaccinated in West Lothian

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Almost 40,000 people in West Lothian have yet to receive their booster job against Covid – including its latest variant omicron.Councillor George Paul, a senior Labour member for Whitburn and Blackburn, questioned members of...

Coronavirus – National Records of Scotland issue weekly figures

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National Records of Scotland has just released details of the number of deaths involving Covid-19 during week 1 from 3 – 9 January 2022.As at 9 January 2022, a total of 12,543 deaths have...

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...

A year of change ahead for Edinburgh Leisure

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by June Peebles, CEO, Edinburgh Leisure2020 was memorable (for all the wrong reasons) and 2021 proved to be equally memorable as we continued to navigate our way through this pandemic. Coronavirus just keeps...

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 – Jason Leitch becomes a vaccinator – and wants you to sign up...

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National Clinical Director joins national programme.The National Clinical Director Jason Leitch is becoming a vaccinator and urges others to enrol and help accelerate the national booster vaccine programme.Since 19 November, the equivalent of 300...

Coronavirus – omicron variant update

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The First Minister, Nicola Sturgeon, and Chief Medical Officer, Gregor Smith, delivered a briefing to the media at St Andrew's House on Monday.Six cases of the new omicron variant have been identified in...

Coronavirus – measures to remain in place at schools

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The Scottish Government has announced that the current Covid-19 safety mitigations in schools are to remain in place for now, following advice from senior clinicians.Pupils will continue to be required to wear face coverings...

Coronavirus – National Records of Scotland issue weekly data

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The National Records of Scotland has issued its weekly update on the number of deaths involving Covid-19 for Week 31: 2 - 8 August 2021As at 8 August, 10,421 deaths have been registered in Scotland where...

New NHS Lothian saddle up for vaccine partnership at Musselburgh Racecourse

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NHS Lothian have partnered with Musselburgh Racecourse to deliver a series of pop-up vaccination clinics to help in the race against Covid-19.By bringing the vaccination programme into the heart of Lothian communities, NHS Lothian...

Glass half full for Musselburgh Racecourse as Level Zero conditions limit summer attendances

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The move to Level Zero Covid-19 restrictions will have a limited impact on the number of racing fans Musselburgh Racecourse can welcome over its crucial summer season.First Minister Nicola Sturgeon announced yesterday (Wed 13...

National Records of Scotland issue weekly update

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The National Records of Scotland (NRS) have issued their report on the number of deaths involving Covid-19 during Week 26: 28 June - 04 July 2021As at 4 July, 10,189 deaths have been registered...
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Coronavirus – NHS Lothian opening a drop in vaccination centre on Tuesday

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A vaccine drop-in centre for people aged 18-39 will open in Lothian on Tuesday.The clinic will be open to anyone who needs a first or second dose, although they can only have their second...

East Lothian nursing home ordered to improve

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A nursing home where the highest number of Covid-19 deaths in East Lothian occurred has been ordered to produce improvement plans after dirty equipment and “tired” furniture were discovered during an inspection.At Drummohr Care...

Temporary Covid-19 test centre open in Wester Hailes until Sunday

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Wester Hailes Library is being used temporarily as a Covid-19 testing centre until Sunday, and local residents are encouraged to visit and have a test - even if they are asymptomatic. The centre is...

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 – 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 – community testing results

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Public Health Scotland have released figures showing that more than 10,000 tests have been carried out on people without coronavirus symptoms since 18 January.Of those, 251 (2.4%) tests were positive for the virus, despite...

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...

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...

Edinburgh MSP goes the extra Miles in vaccination campaign

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An Edinburgh MSP has been at the centre of a campaign to secure priority Covid-19 vaccination for terminally ill patients.Miles Briggs was one of the first politicians to back Fred Banning, a 38-year-old father...

Conservative transport spokesperson says ‘city will be crippled’ by Covid-19 road measures

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by Joseph Anderson Local Democracy ReporterEdinburgh councillor, Conservative Transport Spokesperson, Susan Webber says making the controversial Spaces for People schemes permanent would risk ‘crippling the city’ as it emerges from the coronavirus pandemic.The comments...

Scots dad wins Sir Keir Starmer backing for vaccine priority for terminally ill

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The Labour Party leader Sir Keir Starmer has given his unequivocal backing to a campaign to secure Covid-19 vaccine priority for terminally ill patients.Sir Keir told campaigning father-of-two Fred Banning that he would raise...

National Records of Scotland – weekly figures show ‘slight decrease’

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National Records of Scotland have announced the figures for deaths involving Covid-19 for Week 49, from 30 November to 6 December 2020 this morning.As at 6 December 2020, 5,868 deaths have been registered in Scotland...

Perfect Clean protecting Edinburgh students

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Perfect Clean is working around the clock to help ensure Edinburgh’s student population is protected from the dangers of coronavirus.The Edinburgh based company is providing specialised deep cleaning at two of the testing sites...

Scottish Government confirm £5m support package for wholesalers

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Wholesale food and drink businesses affected by the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic are to be supported through a new £5m fund.The fund will be targeted at food and drink wholesalers who sell to hospitality, on-trade...

Letter from Scotland

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Scotland has joined the “four nations” bubble for Christmas.To avoid confusion and to recognise the ties that still bind the peoples of Britain together, the rules over what we can and cannot do...

2020/21 competitive season closure confirmed by Scottish Rugby

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A recommendation by the Scottish Rugby Council to close 2020/21 competitive fixtures at all levels of the club and school game due to the national impact of the Covid-19 pandemic and subsequent public health...

Hockey – all adult indoor competition cancelled

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Scottish Hockey have cancelled all adult indoor competitions for season 2020-21 but they will be working with districts and clubs to establish the possibility of indoor youth matches within the new Government guidelines.The introduction...

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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