Cornavirus in Scotland LIVE: Nicola Sturgeon reveals the tiers in full for each of the 32 local authorities
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Coronavirus in Scotland LIVE: The latest updates on Thursday
- Face coverings to be mandatory for teachers and senior pupils in Level 3 areas
- 28 Covid deaths in Scotland reported on Friday
- 1,281 new cases of coronavirus reported
- BA owner records £5.1bn loss due to Covid-19
Nicola Sturgeon to outline local authority tiered lockdowns
Nicola Sturgeon is due to outline how each area in Scotland will be impacted by the tiered lockdown restrictions.
The new graded system is to come into effect on Monday after the proposals were backed by the Scottish Parliament.
It will be a five-tier system, ranging from the baseline Level 0 to the highest Level 4.
The First Minister is expected to announce how local authorities will fall into each category at FMQs on Thursday.
Scots withdraw nearly £2.5bn less from ATMs during pandemic, new figures show
Consumers have withdrawn nearly £2.5 billion less from Scotland’s cash machines during the coronavirus pandemic, according to new figures.
Link, the UK’s main ATM network, has published data that shows a 52% drop in Scottish cash machine withdrawals between April and September this year compared to the same period in 2019.
The £2.47 billion drop is the third highest across the UK after London (£3.09 billion) and the south-east of England (£2.7 billion).
Currently there are 4,000 free-to-use ATMs across Scotland and 1,200 machines that charge a fee.
In the early stages of the pandemic, about 600 ATMs were closed either due to being located in premises shut by government restrictions – such as shops, airports and pubs – or for social distancing purposes at railway stations or supermarkets.
Link suggests about 50% of these had reopened by September.
The figures also highlight the percentage decreases in UK Parliamentary constituencies across Scotland for the month of September.
Film companies must adapt to the pandemic, says Raindance Film Festival founder
Film companies must learn to “adapt” to the pandemic, according to the founder of the Raindance Film Festival.
Elliot Grove said film companies, many of which have chosen to hold back on releasing new content, need to find new ways of working while cinemas are unable to host full screenings because of coronavirus.
A number of blockbusters including James Bond film No Time To Die and Marvel superhero movie Black Widow have had their release dates pushed back.
Speaking at the launch of the Raindance Film Festival 2020 on Wednesday, he told the PA news agency: “The big Hollywood studios have decided that they are going to hold back and wait for things to get back to normal.
“I think this is the new normal.”
Grove added that the pandemic provides a “creative opportunity”.
Health staff and families at more risk of Covid hospital admission, study finds
Covid-19 hospital admissions for working age adults are particularly high among healthcare staff and their families, a new study has found.
They accounted for a sixth of admissions among those aged 18 to 65.
Although hospital admissions were low in this age group, the research authors said the risk for healthcare workers and their families is higher compared with other working age adults.
Scientists from the University of Glasgow and Public Health Scotland found the risk is higher for those with “front door” roles – such as paramedics and A&E medics.
The new study, published in the BMJ, set out to assess the risk of hospital admission for Covid-19 among healthcare workers and their families.
Researchers examined data on 158,445 health staff across Scotland aged 18 to 65.
Fishermen warn second Covid wave could sink them without public and state help
ishermen have warned businesses could be sunk due to the growing coronavirus economic shutdown and uncertainty over whether Christmas celebrations will go ahead.
Declining sales of fish and high-end shellfish, such as lobster and crab, are being blamed on restaurants closing at a “terrifying rate” because of the increased social restrictions being placed on large swathes of the country in a bid to stem the rise of Covid-19 infections.
With questions around whether families will be allowed to mix at Christmas and consumers tightening their belts following a tough year, orders and prices during what is usually a buoyant festive season are “massively” down, according to members of the catching sector.
Representatives of the fishing industry – which has been promised an uplift in fortunes after Brexit is realised next year – are warning that if sales do not pick up and there is no Government support, then skippers could face having to tie up their boats for good this winter.
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First Minister Nicola Sturgeon is set to announce which Scottish health boards will be in which level of the government’s new five-tiered restrictions plan later today.
BT lifts profit target after ‘strong’ half-year in face of pandemic
BT has improved its profit outlook for the current financial year as it hailed a “strong operating performance” despite the impact of the pandemic.
The telecoms giant increased the lower end of its earnings target for the year to £7.3 billion despite reporting a decline over the past six months.
It told investors on Thursday that adjusted earnings for the period to September 30 fell by 5% to £3.7 billion after a drop in revenue, although this was partly offset by sports rights rebates.
Revenue for the half-year tumbled by 8% to £10.6 billion, which it said was primarily caused by lower BT Sport sales and reduced business activity in its enterprise units.
BT also said it was boosted by a strong expansion of “fibre to the premises” orders through its Openreach digital network business, reporting a “strong increase” in the second quarter.
Read more: Celtic Connections to return in 2021 with 19-day 'digital first' festival
Glasgow’s world-famous Celtic Connections festival is to go ahead in a scaled-down “digital first” format next year – but could still allow audiences to attend some shows if restrictions on live events are eased in the city.
Unions warn Scottish Government to act to save aviation jobs
Aviation unions have warned the Scottish Government that “doing nothing is not an option” amid the threat of airport job cuts with the end of the furlough scheme.
Joint trade union representatives – including GMB and Unite – are to meet with the Scottish Government Cabinet Secretary for Transport on Thursday afternoon to table proposals for sustaining employment.
The move comes just days before the UK Government’s job retention scheme (JRS) is replaced by the job support scheme (JSS).
GMB Scotland organiser Bob Deavy said: “The Scottish Government has said the UK Government must do more, they are right, but it also means they must drop their own ambiguities that could help the sector recover post-Covid-19, like support for a Heathrow third runway and the jobs and connectivity boost this would give Scotland.
“Our members need to know the Scottish Government is on their side in the immediate fight for jobs but also in the fight for the future of a sustainable aviation sector – it can’t be left to the UK Government alone to decide their fate and we need an interdependent approach.”
Read more: Analysis: Hospital discharges may have increased risk of care home outbreaks by up to 50%
There is “no statistical evidence” that hospital discharges in the months March to May were associated with Covid-19 outbreaks in care homes, a report from Public Health Scotland has found.