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Coronavirus in Scotland LIVE: The latest updates on Friday, December 11

Last updated: Friday, 11 December, 2020, 09:02

  • Self-isolation reduced to 10 days
  • Success in asymptomatic testing trial
  • Shops reopen as toughest restrictions eased
  • Scotland records 31 deaths from coronavirus on Friday
  • 1,001 positive tests in  24 hours

Grouse moor estates take £1.7m hit amid coronavirus crisis

The coronavirus pandemic has resulted in almost £1.7 million of losses in Scotland’s grouse moor estates, according to new research.

Figures from Scotland’s Regional Moorland Groups indicate estates spent a total of £8.98 million over the period March to November – an average of more than £390,000 each.

Lianne MacLennan, co-ordinator of Scotland’s Regional Moorland Groups, said it shows “grouse estates continued to spend in their communities”.

She added: “They were still using local businesses and they retained their full land management staff despite knowing they would lose income due to travel and accommodation restrictions.”

The survey, which took information from 23 grouse moor estates, shows each business lost an average of shoot and accommodation income of £73,000 due to the pandemic – totalling £1.67 million.

Only one junior gamekeeper was placed on the UK Government’s furlough scheme.

Hopes life will return to normal in six months ‘at highest level since July’

Hopes that life will return to normal within six months are at their highest level since July, new figures show.

More than a quarter (28%) of adults in Britain believe life will return to normal within half a year, the Office for National Statistics (ONS) said.

However, 33% feel this will take between seven to twelve months and 18% that it will be longer than a year.

The ONS analysed responses from 4,151 adults surveyed between December 2 and 6.

On December 2, the UK became the first country in the world to approve a coronavirus vaccine when the medicines regulator gave the green light for the Pfizer jab.

Hopes have been steadily rising since late October, when 9% felt life would return to normal within six months, and the latest vaccine news may have further boosted optimism.

The last time such a high proportion felt this way was between July 8 and 12.

In north-east London, an additional 44,000 home test kits will be made available for school staff.

First Minister Nicola Sturgeon will hold a coronavirus briefing at 12.15pm with Police Scotland Chief Constable Iain Livingstone.

Tier 3 Scotland: Covid lockdown rules and restrictions for areas in level 3 - including Glasgow, Edinburgh and West Lothian

Crown investigating 16 deaths at two north-east care homes

The Crown Office is investigating 16 deaths at two care homes in Aberdeenshire.

Reports have been received by the procurator fiscal about seven fatalities at Inchmarlo House Care Home, near Banchory, in Aberdeenshire, and nine at Deeside Care Home, Cults, in Aberdeen.

Investigations are now being carried out at both facilities and family members have been made aware.

A Crown Office spokesman said: “The procurator fiscal has received reports in connection with the deaths of seven people at Inchmarlo House Care Home, Aberdeenshire.

“The investigation into the deaths is ongoing and the families will continue to be kept updated in relation to any significant developments.”

Teachers and pupils not being kept safe enough, Sturgeon told

Current coronavirus measures are not keeping school pupils and staff safe enough, a teaching union has told the First Minister.

In a letter to Nicola Sturgeon, EIS general secretary Larry Flanagan urged her not to keep schools open “at all costs”.

The union has also published two briefing documents, one formed from comments made by teachers on teaching in Level 4 areas and the other on pupil behaviour during the pandemic.

Comments from more than 3,000 teachers working in the toughest restrictions were seen by the union, with many calling for blended learning to be put in place.

Some staff said social distancing is difficult to enforce due to the number of pupils, while other worried over their own health due to underlying conditions

Mr Flanagan told Ms Sturgeon: “You will be aware EIS members have been clear in supporting the priority of keeping schools open, despite their very real concerns about safety, but not at all costs, First Minister.”

He added: “As you will read, teachers are working in crowded classrooms where social distancing is not possible, often with inadequate cleaning supplies and protections.

“Schools are not Covid-free environments – look at the evidence – and current mitigations are not keeping staff or pupils safe enough.

“Mounting workload and the stress of working under such conditions is having a significant impact on the mental health and resilience of our education workforce.”

Shops to reopen as toughest restrictions eased

Cafes, restaurants, shops and hairdressers will be able to reopen in many areas of Scotland as coronavirus restrictions are eased.

First Minister Nicola Sturgeon confirmed to MSPs in the Scottish Parliament on Tuesday that no area of Scotland will remain in Level 4 when changes come into force on Friday.

The toughest tier of restrictions was imposed on 11 Scottish council areas -including Glasgow, Lanarkshire and Stirling – on November 20.

They will now all move down to Level 3.

Non-essential shops in these areas will be able to reopen from 6am on Friday.

The rest of the changes will come into effect from 6pm.

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