There has been no recorded deaths from coronavirus in Scotland for over a month, though the First Minister has warned that the ‘virus is most definitely still out there’.
Scotland has added more countries to its quarantine list including France, Malta and the Netherlands.
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Coronavirus in Scotland LIVE: Follow here for all of Monday’s updates
Last updated: Monday, 17 August, 2020, 12:37
- There have been no coronavirus deaths in Scotland for a month.
- Scotland have added more countries to their quarantine list, including France.
- Winter festivals in Edinburgh are to go ahead.
FM: “It’s not my place to advise Gavin Williamson”
FM: “I am concerned at what appears to be a rise in cases”
JL: The list of countries on the quarantine list can change at short notice.
Jason Leitch: Written to schools to remind that children who have returned from non exempt countries on quarantine list should not be in school.
First Minister on care home discharges: “Let me be very clear...proper scrutiny” of all aspects of covid is essential.
The FM has committed to a public enquiry in due course.
“Care was taken to put guidance in place that was considered to be appropriate at each stage” including clinical screening when transferring patients to care homes.
Nicola Sturgeon has thanked the Public Health team for the work they are doing on clusters.
13 of today’s positive cases are from the Grampian area.
Nicola Sturgeon: “The virus is still out there”
Scottish Government update: 26 new positive cases with no new recorded deaths.
Cruise liners return to the Mediterranean with Covid-19 safety measures in place
Cruise ship passengers had their temperatures checked and took Covid-19 tests so they could set sail on what is being billed as the first Mediterranean cruise after Italy's pandemic lockdown.
The cruise ship company MSC has made the procedures, for crew as well as passengers, part of its new health and safety protocols.
The MSC Grandiosa, which was christened last year, set sail from the northern Italian port of Genoa on Sunday evening for a seven-night cruise in the western Mediterranean.
Any one testing positive, or with a fever, or having other Covid-19 symptoms was denied boarding, the company said.
Guest must wear face masks in lifts and other areas where social distancing is not possible.
The crew spent time in quarantine before the start of the cruise.
Earlier this month, the Italian government gave its approval for cruise ships to once again depart from Italy's ports but limited cruise ships to sailing with 70% capacity.
MSC declined to say how many passengers were sailing on this cruise.
Among the port calls for the Grandiosa, MSC's flagship, are Naples, Palermo, Sicily and Valletta, Malta.
Malta is one of four Mediterranean countries that Italy now requires travellers arriving from to have Covid-19 tests.
For now, MSC was limiting its guests to the residents of Europe's 26-nation Schengen visa free travel zone.
MSC said every guest and crew member on board will be given a wristband that "facilitates contactless transactions around the ship as well as providing contact and proximity tracing".
Cruise ships and the business they bring to many Italian cities during port excursions make up an important segment of Italy's vital tourism industry.
An estimated 12 million cruise ship passengers arrived or departed from Italian ports last year or made port calls in Italy, according to industry figures.
Boris Johnson faces calls to intervene to end A-levels crisis
Boris Johnson is under pressure to intervene to end the deepening A-levels crisis in England, amid growing anger among pupils and teachers and warnings of unrest among Tory MPs.
Labour leader Sir Keir Starmer called on the Prime Minister to take "personal responsibility" for fixing the issue, accusing him of having been "invisible" throughout the turmoil.
The Conservative former education secretary Lord Baker of Dorking urged ministers to delay the publication of GCSE results, due this week, until the problems with A-levels had been resolved.
Mr Johnson had been expected to be in Scotland this week on a camping holiday with his fiancee, Carrie Symonds, and their baby son Wilfred.
Northern Irish GCSE students to be awarded grade predicted by teachers
GSCE students in Northern Ireland are to be awarded the grades predicted by their teachers, Stormont's Education Minister has announced.
Just days before the results are published on Thursday, Peter Weir has scrapped a plan that would have had grades calculated using a mathematical model that took into account the past performance of schools.
The major policy shift comes amid a raging controversy in Northern Ireland about the system used to allocate A-level grades.
The move affects grades issued by Northern Ireland exams body, the Council for the Curriculum, Examinations and Assessment (CCEA).
CCEA accounts for 97% of all GCSEs taken in the region. Students who were due to sit GCSEs set by awarding bodies in England or Wales will still be graded according to the approach taken by those organisations.
The Stormont Assembly is set to be recalled from summer recess to debate the furore caused by the standardisation formula used for A-levels.
More than a third of A-level grades issued last Thursday were lower than teacher estimates.
Mr Weir has so far resisted calls to void the disputed results generated by the A-level algorithm and replace them with teacher predictions.
Over 11,000 Scots sign up for coronavirus vaccine trials
Over 65s, frontline workers and those from BAME communities are being encouraged to sign-up for the vaccine trials.
South Koreans urged to stay home as cases jump
South Korea counted its fourth straight day of triple-digit increases in new coronavirus cases on Monday as the government urged people to stay home and curb travel.
The government had scheduled a special holiday on Monday with hopes of spurring domestic consumption.
But as infections in the capital region increased, Health Minister Park Neung-hoo urged people to stay home and for residents in Seoul and nearby Gyeonggi province to avoid visiting other parts of the country for two weeks.
The 197 new cases announced by South Korea's Centres for Disease Control (KCDC) and Prevention brought the nation's total to 15,515, including 305 deaths.