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Coronavirus in Scotland LIVE: The latest updates on Thursday
Last updated: Thursday, 29 October, 2020, 11:43
- Face coverings to be mandatory for teachers and senior pupils in Level 3 areas
- 28 Covid deaths in Scotland reported on Friday
- 1,281 new cases of coronavirus reported
- BA owner records £5.1bn loss due to Covid-19
Nicola Sturgeon to outline local authority tiered lockdowns
Nicola Sturgeon is due to outline how each area in Scotland will be impacted by the tiered lockdown restrictions.
The new graded system is to come into effect on Monday after the proposals were backed by the Scottish Parliament.
It will be a five-tier system, ranging from the baseline Level 0 to the highest Level 4.
The First Minister is expected to announce how local authorities will fall into each category at FMQs on Thursday.
Scots withdraw nearly £2.5bn less from ATMs during pandemic, new figures show
Consumers have withdrawn nearly £2.5 billion less from Scotland’s cash machines during the coronavirus pandemic, according to new figures.
Link, the UK’s main ATM network, has published data that shows a 52% drop in Scottish cash machine withdrawals between April and September this year compared to the same period in 2019.
The £2.47 billion drop is the third highest across the UK after London (£3.09 billion) and the south-east of England (£2.7 billion).
Currently there are 4,000 free-to-use ATMs across Scotland and 1,200 machines that charge a fee.
In the early stages of the pandemic, about 600 ATMs were closed either due to being located in premises shut by government restrictions – such as shops, airports and pubs – or for social distancing purposes at railway stations or supermarkets.
Link suggests about 50% of these had reopened by September.
The figures also highlight the percentage decreases in UK Parliamentary constituencies across Scotland for the month of September.
Film companies must adapt to the pandemic, says Raindance Film Festival founder
Film companies must learn to “adapt” to the pandemic, according to the founder of the Raindance Film Festival.
Elliot Grove said film companies, many of which have chosen to hold back on releasing new content, need to find new ways of working while cinemas are unable to host full screenings because of coronavirus.
A number of blockbusters including James Bond film No Time To Die and Marvel superhero movie Black Widow have had their release dates pushed back.
Speaking at the launch of the Raindance Film Festival 2020 on Wednesday, he told the PA news agency: “The big Hollywood studios have decided that they are going to hold back and wait for things to get back to normal.
“I think this is the new normal.”
Grove added that the pandemic provides a “creative opportunity”.
Health staff and families at more risk of Covid hospital admission, study finds
Covid-19 hospital admissions for working age adults are particularly high among healthcare staff and their families, a new study has found.
They accounted for a sixth of admissions among those aged 18 to 65.
Although hospital admissions were low in this age group, the research authors said the risk for healthcare workers and their families is higher compared with other working age adults.
Scientists from the University of Glasgow and Public Health Scotland found the risk is higher for those with “front door” roles – such as paramedics and A&E medics.
The new study, published in the BMJ, set out to assess the risk of hospital admission for Covid-19 among healthcare workers and their families.
Researchers examined data on 158,445 health staff across Scotland aged 18 to 65.
Fishermen warn second Covid wave could sink them without public and state help
ishermen have warned businesses could be sunk due to the growing coronavirus economic shutdown and uncertainty over whether Christmas celebrations will go ahead.
Declining sales of fish and high-end shellfish, such as lobster and crab, are being blamed on restaurants closing at a “terrifying rate” because of the increased social restrictions being placed on large swathes of the country in a bid to stem the rise of Covid-19 infections.
With questions around whether families will be allowed to mix at Christmas and consumers tightening their belts following a tough year, orders and prices during what is usually a buoyant festive season are “massively” down, according to members of the catching sector.
Representatives of the fishing industry – which has been promised an uplift in fortunes after Brexit is realised next year – are warning that if sales do not pick up and there is no Government support, then skippers could face having to tie up their boats for good this winter.
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BT lifts profit target after ‘strong’ half-year in face of pandemic
BT has improved its profit outlook for the current financial year as it hailed a “strong operating performance” despite the impact of the pandemic.
The telecoms giant increased the lower end of its earnings target for the year to £7.3 billion despite reporting a decline over the past six months.
It told investors on Thursday that adjusted earnings for the period to September 30 fell by 5% to £3.7 billion after a drop in revenue, although this was partly offset by sports rights rebates.
Revenue for the half-year tumbled by 8% to £10.6 billion, which it said was primarily caused by lower BT Sport sales and reduced business activity in its enterprise units.
BT also said it was boosted by a strong expansion of “fibre to the premises” orders through its Openreach digital network business, reporting a “strong increase” in the second quarter.
Read more: Celtic Connections to return in 2021 with 19-day 'digital first' festival
Glasgow’s world-famous Celtic Connections festival is to go ahead in a scaled-down “digital first” format next year – but could still allow audiences to attend some shows if restrictions on live events are eased in the city.
Unions warn Scottish Government to act to save aviation jobs
Aviation unions have warned the Scottish Government that “doing nothing is not an option” amid the threat of airport job cuts with the end of the furlough scheme.
Joint trade union representatives – including GMB and Unite – are to meet with the Scottish Government Cabinet Secretary for Transport on Thursday afternoon to table proposals for sustaining employment.
The move comes just days before the UK Government’s job retention scheme (JRS) is replaced by the job support scheme (JSS).
GMB Scotland organiser Bob Deavy said: “The Scottish Government has said the UK Government must do more, they are right, but it also means they must drop their own ambiguities that could help the sector recover post-Covid-19, like support for a Heathrow third runway and the jobs and connectivity boost this would give Scotland.
“Our members need to know the Scottish Government is on their side in the immediate fight for jobs but also in the fight for the future of a sustainable aviation sector – it can’t be left to the UK Government alone to decide their fate and we need an interdependent approach.”
Read more: Analysis: Hospital discharges may have increased risk of care home outbreaks by up to 50%
There is “no statistical evidence” that hospital discharges in the months March to May were associated with Covid-19 outbreaks in care homes, a report from Public Health Scotland has found.
Read more: Coronavirus: French President Macron declares second national lockdown in France
France is bracing for a return to a full lockdown throughout November, after President Emmaunel Macron announced drastic measures to prevent the nation being “overwhelmed by a second wave that no doubt will be harder than the first"e;.
New ‘Covid toes’ skin symptom discovered by scientists
People infected with coronavirus may end up developing a skin symptom known as Covid toes, scientists have said.
Research by the International League of Dermatological Societies and the American Academy of Dermatology found some patients had chilblain-like inflammation on their feet, sometimes lasting for months at a time.
The condition typically develops within a week to four weeks of being infected and can result in toes becoming swollen or changing colour.
Symptoms are said to be mild in the majority of cases and the feet return to normal within weeks.
Scientists have also discovered that about one in six people require hospital treatment, while some of those with “long Covid” symptoms report cases lasting for several months.
England’s coronavirus restrictions ‘not sufficient’ as infections soar
Coronavirus restrictions in England are “not sufficient” with infections doubling approximately every nine days, experts have warned.
As France enters a second lockdown from Friday and Germany imposes a four-week partial lockdown, the second wave of Covid-19 is said to have reached a “critical stage” in England, but the Government continues to resist more stringent measures.
Interim data from round six of the Imperial College London React study estimates there are around 96,000 new infections per day, and found early signs that numbers in low-risk areas are following trends observed in the worst-affected regions.
Communities Secretary Robert Jenrick said coronavirus rates are in a “bad place” all over the country but added that the Government is resisting another national lockdown.
He told Sky News: “We will continue with our localised but proportionate approach on taking action where the virus is strongest, but you can see from those figures that the virus is in a bad place in all parts of the country.
“The approach of trying to bear down on it where it is most concentrated, I think, continues to be the best way forward because despite the fact the virus is rising across the country it is very concentrated in some places nonetheless.”
Cannon & Ball star Bobby Ball dies at 76 after testing positive for Covid-19
Bobby Ball, one half of comedy double act Cannon & Ball, has died at the age of 76 after testing positive for Covid-19, his manager has said.
The comedian, actor and author had been in hospital with breathing problems.
A statement from his manager Phil Dale said: “It is with great personal sadness that on behalf of Yvonne Ball, and the family, and Tommy Cannon, I announce that Bobby Ball passed away at Blackpool Victoria Hospital on the 28th October 2020 approximately 21:30.
“Bobby had been taken to the hospital for tests as he started with breathing problems.
“At first it was thought to be a chest infection but a test proved positive for Covid-19."
Pret a Manger distances itself from founder after lockdown comments prompt anger
Pret a Manger has distanced itself from founder Julian Metcalfe after he urged the Government not to introduce another lockdown to save a “few thousand lives”.
Mr Metcalfe, who sold his remaining stake in the coffee chain last year but still owns the majority of high-street restaurant Itsu, prompted an angry response online after being quoted in the Daily Mail as saying that “society will not recover if we do it (lockdown) again to save a few thousand lives of very old or vulnerable people”.
He added: “The young people of this country will be paying for this for the next 20 to 30 years. It’s terrible what’s happening. Just because France does this with its socialist government, doesn’t mean we have to.”
Pret later tweeted: “We are aware of Julian Metcalfe’s comments this morning, but he has not run the business for over ten years and we do not agree with his opinion.
“We at Pret strongly believe we must take steps to stop the spread of the virus and tackle the new wave of infections.”