Coronavirus in Scotland RECAP

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Nicola Sturgeon remains optimistic that Scotland can enter phase two of lockdown easing on Thursday, which will again, loosen some of the guidelines, allowing pub outside areas to open up and some families to meet indoors.

Education Secretary John Swinney has said that it is ‘unlikely’ that schools will return to normal next year.

Coronavirus in Scotland LIVE

Coronavirus in Scotland LIVE: Latest updates on COVID-19 in Scotland

Last updated: Monday, 15 June, 2020, 14:12

  • Schools in Scotland ’unlikely’ to return to normal next year said John Swinney
  • Nicola Surgeon remains ’optimistic’ that the country can enter phase two on Thursday
  • Edinburgh Festival gets Scottish Government cash lifeline so it can return next year

The Scottish Government has now incorporated data from UK Gov testing sites in Scotland bringing the total of positive cases in Scotland to 18,030.

FM: Next years exam diet will go ahead.

Jeane Freeman - there will be an inquiry into Queen Elizabeth Hospital in Glasgow after a review found that certain aspects of the design, build, commissioning and maintenance of a flagship hospital have increased the risk of infections

FM: "Wants" all children to be back in full time learning within a year, but it will depend on coronavirus - 'cannot be clear' that a new risk from the virus won't surface

FM: Blended learning within schools is not inevitable.

FM: Determination to get answers for those affected by issues reported in the review in Queen Elizabeth Hospital through the public enquiry

FM doesn't want children to pay a long term price for the measures taken during coronavirus - and the government will take care to ensure they don't

FM on summer holidays: Gov and councils will try to ensure the appropriate services are in place to help children during the holidays - also, core decisions made this week and three weeks from now about emerging from lockdown will impact what children and teenagers will be allowed to do during the summer

FM: "I so badly want to have a magic wand that I can wave and make this go away"

FM:"None of this is easy. None of these decisions are straight forward."

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