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Coronavirus Scotland: New lockdown rules for Glasgow announced


After a rise in coronavirus cases, new lockdown rules will be enforced in Glasgow from midnight, Nicola Sturgeon has announced.

According to the guidelines, which also apply to West Dunbartonshire and East Renfrewshire, residents are no longer allowed to meet with other households indoors.

Only essential hospital visits are allowed in the affected areas, and anyone visiting a loved one in a nursing home must do so outdoors.

The rules will be reviewed after a week, but should remain in effect for a total of 14 days.

It came after the Greater Glasgow and Clyde NHS regional authority reported 66 cases of coronavirus within 24 hours – 43 percent of all cases in Scotland on Tuesday.

Regarding the restrictions, Ms. Sturgeon wrote on Twitter: “I know how difficult this is going to be – I'm a Glasgow resident so these rules apply to me too – but they are important to hopefully nip this in the bud and make it stricter Avoid restrictions. & # 39;

The additional regulations in the three areas come after Aberdeen was locked again on August 5th.

The city's more than 200,000 residents were not allowed to be more than five miles from their homes, and pubs, bars and restaurants were closed.

The lockdown rules were relaxed 18 days later.

After a surge in coronavirus cases, new lockdown rules will be enforced in Glasgow from midnight

Patrons at a restaurant in Glasgow took advantage of the Eat Out to Help Out program on Monday

Patrons at a restaurant in Glasgow took advantage of the Eat Out to Help Out program on Monday

Under the new rules, which also apply to West Dunbartonshire and East Renfrewshire, residents are no longer allowed to meet with other households indoors

What are the new lockout rules in West Dunbartonshire, East Renfrewshire and Glasgow?

  • Do not meet people from other households indoors
  • Members of different households – who are not in a bubble – should only socialize outdoors or in the hospitality industry
  • Any close contacts from someone who tests positive should be isolated for 14 days
  • Essential visits to hospitals and nursing homes only
  • Visits to outdoor nursing homes are allowed. There should only be three people at a time and the visit cannot last longer than two hours

Another 154 people were diagnosed with coronavirus in Scotland today. No deaths were reported north of the border.

When Ms. Sturgeon announced the move, she said: “I have just chaired a meeting of the Resilience Room (SGoRR) of the Scottish Government, in which the increasing number of new Covid-19 cases across Scotland, but especially the increasing number of cases in The last few days in Scotland, Glasgow and the west of Scotland were discussed.

& # 39; In the past two days we have seen 314 new cases in Scotland and 135 of them in the Greater Glasgow and Clyde area.

"If these numbers continue or – and this is the fear – continue to rise, more people will get Covid-19 and more people will be taken to hospital and intensive care."

She added: “The transmission appears to be mainly in people's homes and between households rather than in pubs and restaurants.

After carefully reviewing the data and consulting the local health authorities, the local authorities and the Scottish Police, all of whom were involved in the discussion that has just taken place on the resilience meeting, I can confirm tonight that we have chosen to take action.

"If you live in communal areas of East Renfrewshire, Glasgow or West Dunbartonshire after midnight tonight, you shouldn't take people from other households into your house or visit someone else's house – no matter where that is."

Exceptions were made – in addition to emergencies or to care for a vulnerable person – for extended households that were set up during the lockdown.

This includes people who live alone, couples who do not live together, and parents who live alone with children under the age of 18.

On Monday, 69 cases were reported in Greater Glasgow and Clyde alone – up from just 39 the day before.

In other coronavirus developments today;

  • Scotland adds Greece to its quarantine list;
  • Millions of students in England are returning to school for the first time since March. Two new studies show that children are six times less likely to spread the coronavirus than adults and more likely to die in an accident than Covid-19.
  • Most people enrolled in the free flu protection program won't get their bite until December, though the government is keen to expand the program to deal with pressure from the NHS this winter.
  • The director of the World Health Organization Europe has warned of the reopening of schools and the flu season could mean that an increase in Covid-19 patients this winter will put pressure on hospitals.
  • Boris Johnson warned today that "more is to come of this wretched Covid" when he called his cabinet and told ministers "bit by bit" that Britain was "getting back on its feet";
  • AstraZeneca begins definitive trials of coronavirus vaccines from Oxford University, involving 50,000 people worldwide and 30,000 in the US, as the company signs a £ 15 million manufacturing contract.

When Ms Sturgeon announced the restrictions, she wrote on Twitter: "I know how difficult this is going to be - I'm a Glasgow resident so these rules apply to me too - but I hope they are essential to prevent this from happening as well to avoid stricter restrictions. "

When Ms Sturgeon announced the restrictions, she wrote on Twitter: "I know how difficult this is going to be – I'm a Glasgow resident so these rules apply to me too – but I hope they are essential to prevent this from happening as well to avoid stricter restrictions. "

Scotland has added Greece to its quarantine list – another step that signals determined action by the government of Mrs Sturgeon.

Travelers from Greece must self-isolate at home for 14 days upon arrival in Scotland starting Thursday.

It comes after a significant surge in cases of coronavirus imported from the Mediterranean country, the Scottish government said.

The measures will take effect on Thursday at 4 a.m.

Coronavirus cases hit a three-month high in Scotland yesterday, forcing the First Minister to sound the alarm.

Scotland adds Greece to its quarantine list

Travelers from Greece must self-isolate at home for 14 days upon arrival in Scotland starting Thursday.

It comes after a significant surge in cases of coronavirus imported from the Mediterranean country, the Scottish government said.

The measures will take effect on Thursday at 4 a.m.

Scottish Justice Minister Humza Yousaf said: “We are in the middle of a global pandemic and the situation in many countries can suddenly change. Therefore, people should think very carefully before committing to non-essential trips abroad.

& # 39; Given the relatively low rate of infection in Scotland, the importation of new cases from Greece poses a significant public health risk.

& # 39; We continue to monitor the situation closely in all parts of the world and base our decisions on the available scientific evidence.

& # 39; Regular talks with the other three UK governments will continue.

"Travelers arriving from a non-exempted country must be quarantined for 14 days upon arrival to prevent and suppress the transmission of the virus."

The Scottish government said evidence of virus imports, particularly from the Greek islands, had resulted in the country being removed from the exemption list on public health grounds.

The prevalence of Covid-19 in Greece is thought to be still below 20 per 100,000, but a number of cases in Scotland can be traced back to traveling to the Mediterranean country.

Countries are typically placed on the quarantine list when the number rises above 20 per 100,000.

Gregor Smith, Scotland's Chief Medical Officer, said: "The importation of the virus poses an imperative public health risk, especially given the number of import cases linked to the Greek islands.

"The flow of travel between Scotland and Greece, and the behavior of some of those travelers, mean there is a strong public health case – supported by public health directors – to remove Greece from the exemption list."

All international travelers coming to Scotland, with a very limited number of individual exceptions, are required to complete a passenger search form.

Those who fail to fill in and show it on arrival could be fined £ 60.

This can be doubled for each additional offense up to a maximum of £ 480.

Failure to comply with the quarantine requirement could result in a £ 480 fine.

She said numbers were "undoubtedly a problem" and she felt "a greater sense of fear" today than at any time "probably in the past few months".

160 new cases of Covid-19 were registered in Scotland on Monday. Ms Sturgeon admitted that Scotland is in a "fragile position" with the loosening of lockdown rules.

It was the highest daily total of cases since May 16, and a significant increase from the 123 cases announced on Sunday.

Despite the spike in some cases, Scotland took further steps out of the lockdown on Monday with the opening of gyms and indoor pools and the resumption of youth groups such as cubs and brownies, as well as mother and baby groups.

On the same day children in Scotland returned to school wearing face masks when new rules came into force.

Activities take place in common areas and corridors, but children do not need to wear face covers while they are being taught in classrooms.

The rule also applies to school transport for primary school students aged five and over and for all secondary school students.

The Scottish government announced the new rules for schools last week, saying while staff and students can continue to wear face coverings if they so choose, they will generally not be required in the classroom as there is more leeway for physical distancing and face coverings one can have an impact on learning and teaching.

However, it remains the case that if adults cannot keep a distance of two meters and interact face-to-face for more than 15 minutes, then face covering should be worn.

Indoor activities for children are not yet allowed in Scotland.

Education Secretary John Swinney said: “There is growing evidence that face coverings can provide some protection for both the wearer and those around him.

“We also know that some students have found it very difficult to physically distance themselves in school, which could increase the risk of transmitting the virus.

"And in school traffic as well as in public transport there can be a mix of different age groups."

He added, "We want to continue to protect what we have achieved in suppressing the virus and reopening schools and doing what is best for children in schools."

Mr Swinney has stressed that students will not be excluded from school if they do not wear face covering.

According to the latest statistics, the total number of cases since the pandemic started in Scotland is 20,632.

Meanwhile, a young Scottish woman was accused of being a coronavirus superspreader after 22 cases emerged in Ayrshire.

The nameless woman continued to attend parties after vacationing with friends who were ill with symptoms.

She reportedly went to pubs and "multiple parties" before testing positive. The group of 22 cases has since sprung up in Ayrshire, which medical officials have confirmed were linked to house parties.

A full contact tracing operation is underway to stop the virus snowballing in the area.

Three more deaths from Covid-19 were recorded across the UK today as Health Secretary Matt Hancock says the UK must do "everything in our power" to avoid a second wave of hospitalizations caused by Covid-19, such as those in Europe.

Speaking to MPs in the House of Commons for the first time since Parliament's summer recess, Mr Hancock said the country needs to remain vigilant on the coronavirus threat even as UK deaths fall.

He said the numbers of cases in France and Spain are growing "exponentially" and that nation hospitals are seeing rising numbers of patients again.

The number of people testing positive for the virus in the UK is increasing and is at its highest since mid-June after a break in July and early August.

Today 1,295 cases were diagnosed after 1,406 people yesterday. The average number of daily cases over seven days is now 1,339 – a 27 percent increase from last Tuesday and the highest since June 11.

The students at Rosshall Academy in Glasgow wear face covers as they are required in corridors and common areas

The students at Rosshall Academy in Glasgow wear face covers as they are required in corridors and common areas

Students at St. Columba's High School in Gourock wear protective face masks when attending class

Students at St. Columba's High School in Gourock wear protective face masks when attending class

Leah McCallum, Rebecca Ross and Sarah Watt, S4 students at St. Columba's High School in Gourock, put on their face masks as secondary school students must wear face covers when moving around school from Monday

Leah McCallum, Rebecca Ross and Sarah Watt, S4 students at St. Columba's High School in Gourock, put on their face masks as secondary school students must wear face covers when moving around school from Monday

Students imagined wearing face coverings in the corridor when they returned to school at St Columba's in Gourock, Scotland

Students imagined wearing face coverings in the corridor when they returned to school at St Columba's in Gourock, Scotland

Students imagined face covering when they returned to Rosshall Academy in Scotland

Students imagined face covering when they returned to Rosshall Academy in Scotland

As cases rise in the UK, scientists have taken an alternative view to Hancock's Doom and Gloom view, saying instead that younger people cause infections and are less likely to get seriously ill and end up in the hospital. Because of this, hospital cases and deaths will not necessarily follow higher cases.

There are currently only 764 people hospitalized with Covid-19 in the UK, of whom only 60 are in intensive care. This is a sharp decrease from a high of 19,872 hospital patients on April 12th.

Despite the rising number of cases, no deaths were recorded in almost a week, with the death toll remaining at 2,494.

During her daily briefing on coronavirus in Edinburgh yesterday, Ms. Sturgeon said the "fairly high" number of new cases was "partly due to a larger number of people tested," stressing that the proportion of people who tested positive was still below one percent .

But she added, “The number of cases we are currently seeing reminds us all that the virus is still a very real risk. It's a development that affects me and that we take very seriously.

“We must not lose sight of the importance of keeping schools open, building an economic recovery and maintaining a little more normalcy in our lives, that we continue to suppress the virus and push as far as possible to eliminate it possibly can. & # 39;

Ms. Sturgeon said not all cases on Monday were related to major outbreaks. The surge in cases in Greater Glasgow and Clyde "appears to reflect a series of small clusters rather than one or two major outbreaks".

Young women who went to house parties instead of self-isolating are accused of being "superspreaders" behind the covid outbreak of 22 cases in Ayrshire

By Jack Elsom for Mailonline

A young Scottish woman was accused of spreading the coronavirus by continuing to partake after a vacation with friends who were sick with symptoms.

The nameless "super spreader" reportedly went to pubs and "multiple parties" before testing positive.

A group of 22 cases have since emerged in Ayrshire, all of which medical officials have confirmed to be related to house parties.

A full contact tracing operation is underway to stop the virus snowballing in the area.

A group of 22 cases have since emerged in Ayrshire, all of which medical officials have confirmed to be related to house parties

A group of 22 cases have since emerged in Ayrshire, all of which medical officials have confirmed to be related to house parties

Disgruntled locals pointed a finger at a young woman believed to have ignored advice on self-isolation after returning from overseas on August 21 with two friends who were suffering from symptoms.

One parent told the Ayrshire Advertiser, “She's been to several parties, one of which was in Kilmarnock.

"She knew her other friends were isolating themselves, it's disgusting."

Another source told the newspaper the woman visited pubs in Ayr before testing positive for Covid-19 after testing on Aug 26.

NHS Ayrshire and the Arran Test and Protect Team are beginning to liaise with those associated with the house parties.

Another source told the newspaper that the woman visited pubs in Ayr (file photo pictured) before testing positive for Covid-19 after testing on Aug. 26

Another source told the newspaper that the woman visited pubs in Ayr (file photo pictured) before testing positive for Covid-19 after testing on Aug. 26

Dr. Crawford McGuffie, Medical Director, said: & # 39; The NHS Ayrshire & Arran health protection team is currently conducting a contact tracing exercise after a number of people test positive for coronavirus infection (COVID-19).

"These positive cases have been linked to a number of house parties."

Two employees at Sainsbury & # 39; s in Prestwick, South Ayrshire are self-isolating after testing positive.

Coronavirus is waning in Scotland and the country has only reported three deaths a month.

Nicola Sturgeon swears again on Scotland's independence, with the law setting the timetable for the referendum despite its focus on the coronavirus crisis

By James Tapsfield, Political Editor for MailOnline

Nicola Sturgeon today vowed a new push for Scottish independence with a law setting the timetable for a referendum.

The First Minister fueled a furious constitutional dispute when she unveiled her government program, including a bill setting out the issue to be put to voters north of the border.

Ms Sturgeon said in next year's Holyrood elections that she would "stand for Scotland becoming an independent country and for a clear affirmation of Scotland's right to choose our own future".

However, critics accused it of "politics of division" and insisted that it should focus on the coronavirus crisis rather than trying to tear the union apart.

Nicola Sturgeon (pictured visiting an NHS center in Edinburgh today) has vowed a new boost to Scottish independence with a law setting the timetable for a referendum

Nicola Sturgeon (pictured visiting an NHS center in Edinburgh today) has vowed a new boost to Scottish independence with a law setting the timetable for a referendum

The bill will set out the question that would be asked if another Westminster referendum were signed - something Boris Johnson (pictured today with Rishi Sunak on Downing Street) insisted on is not going to happen

The bill will set out the question that would be asked if another Westminster referendum were signed – something Boris Johnson (pictured today with Rishi Sunak on Downing Street) insisted on is not going to happen

Announcing her legislative agenda, she announced that suppressing Covid-19 was "our most immediate priority – and it will remain that way for some time," but her government would use the pandemic's disruption to "rethink how we do things" .

Ms Sturgeon referred to the "self-sabotage" of Brexit, saying that leaving the EU "strengthens the argument that Scotland will become an independent country".

The First Minister revealed the government program and told the MSP that if there was a free term, she would also outline plans for an expansion of the vacation program, more borrowing, a looser immigration system and a universal basic income.

She said a new bill is being drafted that will determine the timing and terms of a new independence referendum, as well as asking voters whether Westminster will give the green light to it – something Boris Johnson insisted on is not going to happen.

She added: "Then in next year's elections we will stand for Scotland to become an independent country and clearly affirm Scotland's right to choose our own future."

The fight for the future of the union has increased. Polls have shown that the coronavirus crisis has increased support for independence north of the border.

Ms. Sturgeon previously alleged that she put the issue aside during the chaos and "paused" planning for a new vote, but was accused of trying to use the situation to political advantage.

In the 2014 referendum, which was billed as a one-off decision, the Scots voted with a convincing lead of 55 to 45 percent to stay in the UK.

But a Panelbase poll last month found the mirror opposite.

When undecided voters were excluded, 55 percent were in favor of Scotland leaving the UK, 45 percent preferred to stay in the union.

Overall, 51 percent of those polled said they support independence, 42 percent would vote to stay in the UK and 7 percent of voters were undecided.

The traction for Mrs Sturgeon's separatist cause has created growing concern in Westminster.

A Panelbase poll last month found that undecided voters were excluded. 55 percent were in favor of Scotland leaving the UK, 45 percent preferred to stay in the union

A Panelbase poll last month found that undecided voters were excluded. 55 percent were in favor of Scotland leaving the UK, 45 percent preferred to stay in the union

Rishi Sunak was sent to Scotland earlier this month to highlight the level of financial support Westminster has been allocating.

Figures released last week showed that the per capita budget allocated to Scotland is much higher than that of England.

Spending on public services there is £ 14,829 per person, around £ 1,633 per person, above the UK average.

In another token of the government's determination to strengthen union ties, Mr. Johnson spent his "stay" north of the border with fiancée Carrie Symonds and her baby Wilfred.

Ms. Sturgeon was rated "petty" yesterday for demanding that the words "UK" and "Britain" be removed from the branding for a nationwide festival.

The Scottish Government has objected to the working title "UK Festival 2022" for the event to celebrate the best of Britain.

Planning for the £ 120million celebration, originally announced by former Prime Minister Theresa May in 2018, is well underway.

At the time, Ms. May said it would help strengthen "our precious union" through events to be held in all four nations.

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