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Sunday saw the first day in Scotland that no new deaths were recorded, though the First Minister warned caution as the registration of deaths are slower at weekends, though added that: “this is a headline we’ve longed to see.”

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Scotland’s Justice Secretary Humza Yousaf has said that Covid-19 border controls will come with a £480 fine for breaking quarantine.

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  • Sunday was the first time no new deaths were recorded in Scotland from coronavirus.
  • Health Secretary admits hospital staff are not being regularly tested.
  • Border control to come with a £480 fine for breaking quarantine.

Covid-19 border controls come with a £480 fine for breaking quarantine

Scotland’s Justice Secretary Humza Yousaf said that Police Scotland would levy the fines for breaches of travel quarantine rules – which could rise to £5000 if a person is prosecuted.

There will also be a £60 fine if a person fails to provide information to UK Border Force about where they will be staying throughout their visit.

The level for violating isolation has been set at £1000 in England but Mr Yousaf said it was lower in Scotland as any fine of £500 and over would immediately trigger a report to the Procurator Fiscal, which would not be a “proportionate response”.

Lockdown bodies of people dying alone undiscovered for up to two weeks

Britain's coronavirus lockdown has led to dozens of people dying at home alone and not being discovered for up to two weeks, it has been reported.

Doctors believe several dozen such cases occurred in London between March and May, with bodies lying undetected for so long they had started to decompose, according to The Guardian.

Exactly how many people have died at home alone is not known, but all such cases are referred to local coroners upon discovery.

The Guardian reports inquests into such cases will take place over the coming months.

The head of the Royal College of GPs, Professor Martin Marshall told the paper these deaths could be linked to the lockdown banning people from visiting each other and pushing people to avoid necessary NHS care.

"The Covid-19 pandemic is also creating an epidemic of loneliness, not just for older people, and sadly there are some people who will fall through the net," he said.

"GPs are working hard to check on their patients who are shielding, and the NHS volunteers have been doing a good job of looking after vulnerable people in their communities. But we are noticing an increase in people dying in the community, often at home and often due to conditions unrelated to Covid-19, such as cardiac arrest.

"If people are choosing not to seek medical attention for non-Covid illnesses for fear of catching the virus, or because they are worried about being a burden on the NHS, then it is incredibly concerning."

Fans to return to New Zealand stadiums after country cleared of coronavirus

Fans will be allowed to return to sports stadiums in New Zealand after the country eradicated the coronavirus.

New Zealand's prime minister Jacinda Ardern said the country would move to Level 1 restrictions from midnight after no new cases of Covid-19 were recorded for 17 days.

It means all restrictions on mass gatherings will be lifted ahead of the beginning of the Super Rugby Aotearoa tournament this weekend.

The 2020 Super Rugby season - comprising teams from Argentina, Australia, Japan, New Zealand and South Africa - was postponed in March due to the pandemic.

New Zealand and Australia have announced plans for country-wide Super Rugby tournaments, with the New Zealand version opening with a clash between the Highlanders and Chiefs on Saturday evening in Dunedin.

Man faces jail for phone mast arson after false claims that 5G is responsible for coronavirus

A man who set a 5G telephone mast on fire will be sentenced later on Monday.

Michael Whitty was warned he faces a prison sentence when he admitted arson at a hearing last month at Liverpool Crown Court.

The 47-year-old pleaded guilty to the attack on the telecommunications mast in Kirkby, Merseyside, on April 5.

Nobody was injured, but damage was caused to the structure - owned by Vodafone.

A number of attacks on phone masts across the country are believed to be linked to false claims that the 5G network is spreading coronavirus.

Whitty, of Perimeter Road, Kirkby, will be sentenced later today at Liverpool Crown Court.

Prince Charles praises teachers in video message

The Prince of Wales has praised teachers and schools for "going above and beyond for their pupils" in a video message in support of the profession.

Charles also paid tribute to parents who have faced the challenging prospect of homeschooling without laptops or access to the internet.

Speaking from his Scottish home of Birkhall, the prince said in the video message: "Parents have done an astonishing job in such trying circumstances and to see teachers and schools going above and beyond for their pupils in response to this pandemic has been, in many instances, quite remarkable.

"From finding creative ways to teach lessons remotely, and even making sure the most vulnerable children do not go without meals, we all owe them a huge debt of gratitude."

Charles highlighted the work of the education charity Teach First, which aims to build "a fair education for all".

Through a range of school leadership programmes, the charity supports teachers, leaders and schools facing the biggest challenges, serving the most disadvantaged communities.

The prince said about Teach First, which he supports as patron: "Their work to support schools to build a fair education for all, which also produces enhanced results, is more important now than ever.

"It will be all the more vital in the recovery ahead.

"As our schools begin to open again and the first students return to the classroom, their job will present further challenges - helping children to get back on track with learning, and supporting them to come to terms with all they have been through."

Call for 'new deal' for low-paid key workers post-Covid

CAS said that other measures such as redesigning existing support schemes like the Warm Home Discount to more effectively target people in need and writing off old local government debt such as council tax arrears over five years old that cannot be realistically recovered, should also be brought in by the government.

The measures are included in a submission handed to the Scottish Government’s advisory group for economic recovery this week which states that the government should take steps to minimise the cost of living and maximise income to help Scots financially survive after the pandemic is over.

This comes as CAS this week revealed that over a third of people polled are concerned about their incomes during the pandemic.

Half of pregnant women in hospital with Covid-19 from BAME backgroud

More than half of pregnant women recently admitted to UK hospitals with coronavirus were from a black, Asian or minority ethnic (BAME) background, a new study has found.

The peer-reviewed research, published in the British Medical Journal, looked at data for pregnant women admitted to 194 obstetric units in the UK with a positive Covid-19 infection between March 1 and April 14.

It found that of the 427 pregnant women in hospital during that period, 233 (56%) were from BAME backgrounds, of which 103 were Asian and 90 were black.

The high proportion of pregnant women from BAME groups remained after excluding major urban centres from the analysis.

Researchers, led by Professor Marian Knight from the Nuffield Department of Population Health, University of Oxford, said the findings now require "urgent investigation and explanation".

It comes as a Public Health England report found that people from BAME backgrounds with Covid-19 were at higher risk of death than white British people.

Scottish Government update: No recorded deaths in Scotland for the second day in a row

Scottish Government update: 15,639 people have tested positive, 24 patients are in intensive care and the death toll remains at 2,415.

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