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Friday, 25th September 2020, 6:20 am
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Coronavirus in Scotland LIVE: The latest updates on Friday

Last updated: Friday, 25 September, 2020, 13:15

  • Scots students told not to go to pubs
  • 558 new Covid cases - a new daily record
  • No further deaths in past 24 hours
  • Childminders in Scotland fear for future

‘Heart-breaking’: Nicola Sturgeon extends 'deepest condolences' after police officer shot dead in Croydon

The First Minister made the comments ahead of her daily briefing on coronavirus in Scotland.

Scotland confirms its biggest daily jump with 558 testing positive for Covid-19 in the last 24 hours

No new deaths have been reported which leaves Scotland's death toll at 2,510.

‘You are not being blamed for this’: First Minister urges students to ‘do what is asked of you’ over lockdown weekend

‘You are not being blamed for this’: First Minister urges students to ‘do what is asked of you’ over lockdown weekend

The First Minister addressed students today after it was announced on Friday night that they could not go to pubs, parties, restaurants, or other households this weekend

The Chief Constable of Police Scotland urged people to “work with us” and not to host or go to house parties or gatherings.

Extra police officers on the streets as 10pm curfew starts

Police Scotland’s Chief Constable has said extra officers will be on the streets to ensure the hospitality curfew is complied with.

New measures, including instructions for bars and restaurants to close at 10pm, came into force on Friday in a bid to slow the spread of coronavirus in Scotland.

Speaking at the coronavirus briefing on Friday, Iain Livingstone said: “Additional officers will be deployed across Scotland to support colleagues from local authorities and to monitor compliance.

“I think it’s important for me to say that the vast majority of licensees have acted with great responsibility during this very challenging period – I pay credit to them and undertake that policing will continue to support and work with the licensed trade.”

The Chief Constable said that officers would “continue to use good sense” when enforcing the new rules.

Nicola Sturgeon: "Just for this weekend" students should stay out of pubs, restaurants and cafes. After this weekend we will ask students to follow the same rules as everyone else."

More than 800 told to self isolate through Protect Scotland app

Scottish Government assessing if students can leave halls of residence

The Scottish Government is assessing if students can be allowed to leave student accommodation to return to their family homes.

The First Minister, speaking at the coronavirus briefing on Friday, said that guidance could be issued over the weekend.

She said: “I’m going to be frank, that’s a difficult balancing act, because if you go home after you’ve been asked to self-isolate that may have implications for your family, who then also may be asked to self-isolate if you test positive.

“I wanted to let you know that we are looking at what might be possible there and it is our aim to issue some further guidance on that over the weekend.”

The First Minister also thanked students for their compliance, adding: “You’re bearing a burden that I desperately wish you didn’t have to be bearing right now, but you’re playing your collective part in beating Covid-19 back.

“For that, you have my thanks and deep appreciation, and also understanding, of how difficult this is for you at this time.”

Universities have ‘big, big responsibility’, says Sturgeon

Nicola Sturgeon has said that universities are responsible for supporting students’ mental health during outbreaks in student accommodation.

The First Minister said that institutions have a “big, big responsibility” to look out for student welfare.

She told the briefing: “I’ve spoken personally this morning to university principals to stress their responsibilities to you and I know it is something they take seriously, but I also know that it’s something that parents will want to be assured of.

“Student services already have special arrangements in place including 24-hour helplines, support for food deliveries and additional mental health counsellors for those who might need that support.”

Sturgeon says students not to blame for Covid spread

Scotland’s First Minister said she was “so heart sorry” for students in student accommodation during the pandemic.

Speaking at the coronavirus briefing in Edinburgh, the First Minister assured students they were not to blame for the spread of the virus.

University students were asked to avoid hospitality businesses this weekend by the Scottish Government and Universities Scotland.

She said: “I am so sorry, so heart sorry, that this time of your lives is being made as tough as it is just now – I really feel for you, but I feel especially for those of you starting university for the first time and, of course, living alone for the first time.

“This is an exciting time in your lives but I remember from my own experience that it’s also a time of adjustment and it’s also a time of home sickness as well, and that’s the case for students every year without Covid-19 but it is much more difficult given the circumstances you are all facing right now.”

The First Minister urged students not to visit other households and asked them not to go to bars and restaurants over the September weekend, as well as download the Protect Scotland app.

Four more countries added to quarantine list

Nicola Sturgeon confirms four countries have been added to the list of those subject to quarantine restrictions: Denmark, Iceland, Slovakia and Curacao.

Nicola Sturgeon pays tribute to police officer killed in south London

Scotland’s First Minister has paid tribute to a police officer shot and killed in Croydon.

Speaking at the coronavirus briefing in Edinburgh on Friday, Nicola Sturgeon said: “I wanted to take the opportunity to convey my deepest condolences to all of the officer’s loved ones.

“This is a heartbreaking reminder of the danger police officers confront every single day on our behalf and of the enormous debt of gratitude we owe them as a result of that.”

Nicola Sturgeon: "No one should think or be under the impression that the Covid threat right now is just a university problem and that there is no need for the rest of us to be taking this seriously."

Record number of new cases in Scotland: 558

A total of 558 people have tested positive for coronavirus in Scotland in the past 24 hours, First Minister Nicola Sturgeon said – a new daily record.

Speaking at the Scottish Government’s daily briefing, she said 26,518 people have now tested positive in Scotland, up from 25,960 the day before.

This is 9.5% of newly-tested individuals, up from 7.9% the previous day.

Of the new cases, 255 are in Greater Glasgow and Clyde, 61 in Lanarkshire and 119 in Lothian.

No deaths of confirmed Covid-19 patients have been recorded in the past 24 hours and the number of fatalities remains at 2,510.

There are 89 people in hospital confirmed to have the virus, up by four in 24 hours.

Of these patients, 11 were in intensive care, up by one.

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