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Nicola Sturgeon confirmed that guidance for people who are in the shielded group has been update, and from August 1, they will follow the same advice as the general population.

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Last updated: Friday, 24 July, 2020, 14:08

Key Events

  • Updated guidance on people who are shielded comes into effect today
  • Schools will get a £50 million fund to hire new teachers announces John Swinney
  • St Mirren football team have been put on lockdown after seven coaches at the club tested positive
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Six out of seven coronavirus cases at St Mirren found to be a ‘false positive'

Only one member of St Mirren's backroom staff has been found to have contracted Covid-19 after retesting discovered the other six cases were false positives.

It was feared Scottish football's big kick-off was set to be thrown into disarray when the Buddies reported a major outbreak late on Thursday night, just nine days before the new season.

But the initial tests carried out by a private laboratory have now been re-examined by NHS experts and only one member of Jim Goodwin's staff has actually fallen ill with coronavirus.

St Mirren chief executive Tony Fitzpatrick explained: "We have complied robustly with the official testing and hygiene regimen to the letter, using a private testing facility in accordance with the Scottish Government and the SPFL/SFA Joint Response Group protocols.

"Our players were tested on Monday, July 20, and have returned 100 per cent negative tests on Wednesday, July 22. However test results for seven of the coaching staff undertaken at the same time showed they were positive for Covid-19.

"We immediately implemented strict isolation protocols and made further arrangements for the coaching staff to be retested at NHS testing facilities on Thursday 23rd.

"I'm very pleased to report that six of the subsequent coaching staff tests have now come back negative this morning (Friday 24th).

"The remaining member of the coaching staff has confirmed as a positive test result and continues to be in strict isolation and has not come into contact with any member of the playing or coaching staff since Saturday, July 18. The club will continue to support and look after this staff member to ensure a full recovery."

Quarantine restrictions lifted for five more countries travelling to Scotland

People travelling from another five countries will no longer have to quarantine for two weeks when they arrive in Scotland.

The Scottish Government has announced that from Tuesday July 28, passengers from Estonia, Latvia, Slovenia, Slovakia and St Vincent and the Grenadines will be exempt from quarantine rules.

The decision follows a review of infection prevalence rates of coronavirus.

However, the Government warned exemptions are kept under regular review and could be reinstated if the prevalence rates increase.

It comes after the two-week quarantine rule for people arriving in Scotland from Spain was lifted this week.

Justice Secretary Humza Yousaf said: "Infection prevalence rates in countries across the world are being closely monitored.

"Where there is clear evidence that it is safe to do so, we will add further countries and we are now able to do that for Estonia, Latvia, Slovenia, Slovakia and St Vincent and the Grenadines.

"The virus remains infectious and deadly and, with quarantine restrictions being lifted, we must not become complacent.

"Anyone travelling should follow public health advice at all times including wearing face coverings, avoiding crowded places, washing hands and surfaces, staying two metres apart and, if they get symptoms, self-isolating and immediately registering for a test."

All international travellers arriving into Scotland, apart from a very limited number of exemptions, must complete a passenger locator form and provide evidence that they have done so on arrival in the UK if requested to do so by a Border Force official.

People who do not complete the form and present it when asked on arrival may be fined £60.

The fine can be doubled for each subsequent offence up to a maximum of £480.

Protect the NHS by geting a flu jab says Prime Minister

Boris Johnson has urged the public to get a winter flu jab, saying it will help to protect the NHS.

The Prime Minister spoke as he promoted the expansion of the flu vaccination programme across England, in which up to 30 million people receive the jab.

The Government is aiming to double its winter flu vaccination programme, with free jabs for those aged 50 and over and 11-year-olds.

Today is the first day that masks will be compulsory in shops in England

Disney postpones Mulan release date indefinitely amid coronavirus surge

Disney has postponed the release date of its blockbuster Mulan remake indefinitely amid a surge in coronavirus cases across the US.

It was part of a wider reshuffle by the entertainment giant, as it also pushed back four Avatar films and three untitled Star Wars movies.

This is the fourth delay for Mulan, which was on the verge of release on March 27 when the pandemic closed theatres around the world.

Disney then moved it to July 24 before switching to its most recent date of August 21.

Mulan, which stars Lui Yifei in the lead role, has now been postponed indefinitely. A Disney representative said: "Over the last few months, it's become clear that nothing can be set in stone when it comes to how we release films during this global health crisis, and today that means pausing our release plans for Mulan as we assess how we can most effectively bring this film to audiences around the world."

Disney also pushed back a stream of other releases. James Cameron's Avatar 2 - a sequel to the 2009 film that was at the time the highest-grossing movie ever - has been delayed a year to December 2022.

The other films in the franchise will be released every other December, Disney said, finishing with Avatar 5 in 2028.

Three Star Wars films were also delayed. The first untitled movie has shifted from December 2022 to a year later, while the two others will be released in December 2025 and December 2027 respectively.

Other delayed films include Sir Ridley Scott's historical thriller The Last Duel, which stars Ben Affleck and Matt Damon. That has shifted from December of this year to October 2021.

However, not all of Disney's films were shifted to next year. Sir Kenneth Branagh's adaptation of Agatha Christie's Death On The Nile was pushed back two weeks to October 23 2020.

The Mulan delay is another bitter blow to the ailing cinema industry, following Warner Bros' decision to push back Christopher Nolan's much-anticipated blockbuster Tenet.

Theatre owners had hoped both movies would entice customers back through the doors after months of lockdown.

While cinemas in England were allowed to reopen from July 4 - as long as social distancing guidelines were followed - the picture across North America is much more uncertain.

New York City and Los Angeles, the two biggest markets in the US, have no concrete plans for reopening cinemas.

US president Donald Trump has scrapped plans for a four-night Republican National Convention celebration in Florida that had been set to draw more than 10,000 people to a pandemic hot spot to mark his renomination

Mr Trump had already moved the convention's public events out of North Carolina because of virus concerns.

But the spiking virus shifted south, too, and the planned gathering in Jacksonville increasingly appeared to be both a health and political risk.

Mr Trump and his advisers feared that going forward with big parties and "infomercial" programming in Florida would ultimately backfire on the president.

"It's a different world, and it will be for a little while," Mr Trump said, explaining his decision during at a White House briefings.

"To have a big convention is not the right time."

A small subset of Republican delegates will still formally renominate Mr Trump on August 24 in Charlotte, North Carolina, at an event scheduled to last just four hours.

Mr Trump had decided last month to shift the ceremonial portions of the Republican convention to Florida because of a dispute with North Carolina's Democratic leaders over holding an indoor gathering with throngs of supporters taking a pass on face masks.

But his plans for a grand gathering in Florida starting shrinking almost as quickly as the move was announced, as virus cases spiked in the state and other parts of the country.

Mr Trump said he plans to deliver an acceptance speech in an alternate form, potentially online.

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