LiveCoronavirus in Scotland RECAP: Nicola Sturgeon rejects 'cover up' claim

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Scottish Government statistics show that 13,627 people in Scotland have tested positive for coronavirus, and tragically, 1,862 people have died.

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

Last updated: Tuesday, 12 May, 2020, 20:25

  • Rest of the UK told not to come to Scotland
  • 1,862 people have died in the country from coronavirus
  • There have been 13,627 positive cases

Scottish man jailed for coughing offences believed to be the first in Scotland

A man believed to be the first in Scotland to be jailed for coughing offences is to serve fourth months after deliberately coughing in the faces of two police officers, reports the BBC.

Iain Lindsay, from Inverness, committed the deliberate act on April 15, about three weeks after the country went into lockdown due to COVID-19.

It is understood the 48-year-old is the first person in the country to be jailed for putting officers’ lives at risk by deliberately coughing on them.

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Police officers in Scotland can now be tested after Covid-19 attacks

Police officers in Scotland can be tested for coronavirus if they fear an attack has put them at risk of the disease - even if they have no symptoms.

Community safety minister Ash Denham said there is "no barrier to accessing testing", though officers will first have to contact Police Scotland's HR department for them to determine if checking them is "appropriate".

Tory MSP Alexander Stewart pressed her on the issue in Holyrood, saying "unfortunately some officers report being spat at and coughed at in a disgusting attempt to spread coronavirus".

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SNP MP reacts to news that virtual Parliament could be ending

Dozens of BA CityFlyer pilot jobs to be axed at Edinburgh Airport

The British Airline Pilots Association (BALPA), the registered trade union for UK pilots, has announced that it was formally notified of proposed redundancies at the company on Tuesday afternoon.

The airline, which runs short-haul services, operates British Airways branded flights out of London City and Edinburgh Airports.

BALPA says 72 potential pilot redundancies were notified out of 248, mainly at Edinburgh where BA CityFlyer is apparently proposing to end its operations.

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Scottish Government reveals details of Edinburgh Nike conference COVID-19 outbreak

The Scottish Government has issued a day-by-day account of what happened during the Edinburgh Nike conference following reports of it being “Ground Zero” for COVID-19.

The statement comes after First Minister Nicola Sturgeon defended the handling of the conference’s outbreak.

She insisted that "all appropriate steps were taken" and any suggestion of a cover-up was "complete and utter nonsense".

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A face off between Scottish MPs and Westminster?

Caledonian Sleeper boss took 'outrageous' Scottish trip during lockdown

Serco chief executive Rupert Soames visits Inverness despite Scottish Government order not to travel.

The main rail union has sharply criticised Mr Soames for travelling from England to visit Caledonian Sleeper staff today.

The Rail, Maritime and Transport union (RMT) described the two-day trip as “absolutely outrageous”.

Serco, which operates the Scotland-London overnight trains, insisted Mr Soames’ visit to “front-line staff and key workers” was “essential".

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Official residence of First Minister could be sold off by crisis-hit National Trust for Scotland

Bute House, the official residence of the First Minister of Scotland, could be sold off by National Trust for Scotland to help stem its funding crisis.

NTS has announced that it is set to lose around £28m in income this year due to the coronavirus emergency with more than 400 permanent staff now facing redundancy as a result.

The charity is now looking to sell off “non-heritage” properties and land to raise critical funds – with Bute House in Charlotte Square among those properties that will now be immediately reviewed.

NTS raises around £70,000 plus VAT from the rental of Bute House to the Scottish Government every year.

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Reading and Leeds Fest 2020 cancelled

Nicola Sturgeon rejects 'cover up' claim

Nicola Sturgeon has rejected accusations of a "cover up" over the first cases of Coronavirus in Scotland.

The First Minister insisted that patient confidentiality prevented her from going public about the cases at a conference staged by sportswear giant Nike in Edinburgh in February which were revealed in a BBC Disclosure documentary last night. 

The first Scottish case made public was a week later – a separate case in Tayside.

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What is Worldometer? The Covid-19 data site explained - and if it’s reliable

You likely remember it as the website that displays a live count of the world’s population, with births ticking up in real time as deaths morbidly balance out the numbers.

But in recent weeks, the site – now one of the biggest on the internet – has taken on a slightly different mantle.

In the age of coronavirus, the website now displays highly detailed statistics on just about every facet of the disease’s spread, from individual countries’ death tolls to the number of active cases in certain regions.

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Chancellor Rishi Sunak extends furlough scheme until end of October

Chancellor Rishi Sunak has announced that the furlough scheme, which is paying the wages of millions of workers during the coronavirus lockdown, will be extended until the end of October.

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Questions asked about why the FM didn't announce a 'case in Lothian' after Nike conference

FM responds that the cases were reported. It just wasn't mentioned about the conference. 

Sturgeon on a cover up at the Nike Conference: "complete and utter nonsense...why would we have been trying to cover anything up"

NS added a cover up sounded like “highly politicised” nonsense 

Didn't know the venue until it was reported in the BBC programme.

Satisfied all appropriate steps were taken. 

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