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Coronavirus in Scotland LIVE: The latest updates on Monday

Last updated: Monday, 19 October, 2020, 13:35

  • 993 positive tests in the past 24 hours - one death
  • New rules on face coverings in workplace come into force
  • University outbreak ‘accident waiting to happen’
  • Review on Holyrood’s working practices during pandemic
  • Welsh Government announce circuit-breaker lockdown
  • Diverted Covid tests caused discrepancies in figures, says Sturgeon



Downing Street said discussions about coronavirus restrictions were also taking place with leaders from the North East, South Yorkshire, West Yorkshire and Nottinghamshire.

Wayne Rooney ‘angry and disappointed’ to self-isolate after negative test

Wayne Rooney has returned a negative coronavirus test, but is “angry and disappointed” that he will miss out on the next few Derby matches due to self-isolation.

The former England captain – now player-coach at Derby – was visited by a friend who had been instructed to be tested for Covid-19 and was later found to have the disease.

In a statement on Twitter, Rooney said: “Just received the news that my covid-19 test has shown I do not have the virus.

“Delighted for myself and family but obviously angry and disappointed that I now have to self-isolate and miss vital games for @dcfcofficial.”

We must be prepared to close schools again, says teaching union

The Scottish Government must be prepared to close schools if required to stop the spread of coronavirus, a teaching union has said.

Ministers will this week publish a strategic framework for tackling the virus and will include a tiered alert system similar to that put in place in England last week.

First Minister Nicola Sturgeon has repeatedly said she does not want to close schools again, as was the case in March as a result of the first lockdown.

Teaching union EIS has said clarity must be given to schools on the conditions of their closure if such a situation arises.

General secretary Larry Flanagan said shutting schools, whether at local or national level, should be considered to control the spread of the virus, adding sufficient notice would be needed for parents, pupils and staff to prepare.

Covid rates falling in England’s big cities but rising in towns, figures show

Covid-19 case rates have started to fall in some of England’s biggest cities, with the sharpest increases now happening in towns and more suburban areas, latest figures suggest.

Nottingham, Manchester, Sheffield and Newcastle are among the cities where the weekly rate of new Covid-19 cases rose rapidly at the end of September, coinciding with the start of the new university term, but where levels are now coming down.

The rates have been decreasing for several days, suggesting they are on a downward trend rather than a temporary dip.

In Nottingham the rolling weekly rate of cases peaked at 1,001.2 per 100,000 people for the seven days to October 8 – the highest for any local authority area in England – but since then the number has been falling, and it currently stands at 787.6.

Manchester’s current rate is 432.5, after peaking at 583.5 (in the seven days to October 3); Sheffield’s rate is 396.7, down from 500.3 (the seven days to October 7) while Newcastle stands at 371.5, down from 553.8 (the seven days to October 7).

All current rates are for the seven days to October 14.

Greater Manchester’s intensive care capacity could be overwhelmed with Covid-19 cases by November 12, Downing Street said as it increased pressure on the region to accept Tier 3 coronavirus restrictions.

Here’s a reminder of the coronavirus rules in Scotland

Pubs, bars, restaurants and cafes outside central Scotland can only conduct indoor business between 6am and 6pm and not serve alcohol, although alcoholic drinks can be served until 10pm in outdoor areas.

Pubs and licensed restaurants in five health board areas – Greater Glasgow and Clyde, Lanarkshire, Ayrshire and Arran, Lothian, and Forth Valley – have been forced to close for all but takeaway service until October 26.

Snooker and pool halls, indoor bowling, casinos and bingo halls have also been made to close and no outdoor live events are allowed in these five areas.

People cannot meet others from another household in indoor household settings across Scotland unless they are part of an “extended household”, available to people who live alone or only with children under 18.

People can meet outdoors in groups of up to six, not including children under 12, from no more than two households, and a maximum of six people from two households can meet in indoor hospitality settings, such as pubs and cafes.

Scots have been advised against travelling to high-risk areas of England, with Blackpool singled out as “associated with a large and growing number of Covid cases in Scotland”.

Protests in central London against “devastating” Tier 2 coronavirus restrictions

Hospitality workers including high-profile chef Yotam Ottolenghi have staged a noisy demonstration in central London against “devastating” Tier 2 coronavirus restrictions.

Around 200 workers, from farmers to chefs and events organisers, filled Parliament Square with a metallic uproar by banging metal cooking utensils on Monday morning.

Mr Ottolenghi, 51, a chef and food writer who specialises in Middle Eastern cuisine, told the PA news agency that new Tier 2 restrictions in the capital will “kill viable businesses”.

“It’s really hard, we’ve got a great industry with lots of heart, and nobody works in the hospitality industry to get rich, we do it because we love what we’re doing – and there’s so many people who depend on it,” he said.

Mr Ottolenghi, who has been writing recipe books while being unable to cook as usual during lockdown, said: “We really really need proper Government support for our staff if we’re going to carry on, because otherwise we just won’t be able to.”

The Welsh Government has announced a circuit-breaker lockdown that will see people asked to stay at home

The Welsh First Minister Mark Drakeford has announced that Wales will be starting a two week national lockdown to start from 6pm on Friday.

Welsh First Minister Mark Drakeford said university students in Wales will have to remain in their university accommodation.

More on Wales’ ‘firebreak’ lockdown

Welsh First Minister Mark Drakeford said a “firebreak” lockdown would be a “short, sharp, shock to turn back the clock, slow down the virus and give us more time”.

Under the measures, all non-essential retail, leisure, hospitality and tourism businesses will close “just as they had to during the March lockdown”.

Community centres, libraries and recycling centres will also close while places of worship will be shut other than for funerals or wedding ceremonies.

Childcare facilities will stay open, with primary and specialist schools reopening after the half-term break.

Secondary schools will also reopen after half-term but only for children in years seven and eight, though students taking exams will be able to attend for them.

11 Scottish neighbourhoods with the highest number of positive coronavirus cases

New Government data shows the breakdown of the number of positive coronavirus cases according to specific area over seven day period.

Nicola Sturgeon daily news briefing LIVE

The First Minister has said the Scottish Government’s strategic plan for tackling coronavirus will be published at the end of this week.

Nicola Sturgeon said she would discuss the outline of the framework with party leaders on Tuesday with the intention to have a debate in Holyrood at the beginning of next week.

The First Minister has previously said a tiered alert system, similar to what was put in place in England last week, will be part of the Scottish Government’s approach.

The First Minister said: “One of the things the framework will set out are the different tiers or levels of intervention and restrictions which may be applied in future, either locally or nationally across Scotland, depending on how the virus is spreading.

“We will also indicate, based on the latest advice from the national incident management team and our clinical advisers, what level should apply to different parts of the country or potentially all of the country once the current temporary restrictions on hospitality come to an end on October 26.

“The framework will also summarise our work to improve the effectiveness of existing measures to curb Covid, for example, how we will work to improve compliance with Facts advice and other guidelines, the review of our testing strategy and how we will continue to support Test and Protect.”

More on Wales’ ‘firebreak' lockdown

A two-week “firebreak” lockdown will be introduced across Wales from 6pm on Friday, First Minister Mark Drakeford has confirmed.

Mr Drakeford told a Welsh Government press conference in Cardiff that the measure was necessary to reduce the spread of coronavirus and prevent the NHS from becoming overwhelmed.

The “sharp and deep” lockdown will begin at 6pm on October 23 and last until November 9, with everyone in Wales “required to stay at home”.

“The only exceptions will be critical workers and jobs where working from home is not possible,” Mr Drakeford said.

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