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Coronavirus in Scotland LIVE: The latest updates on Wednesday
Last updated: Wednesday, 28 October, 2020, 12:10
- Covid brought pay cut for 45% of Scots workers
- 28 Covid-19 deaths in Scotland reported on Wednesday
- 1,202 new cases of coronavirus reported
- Coronavirus cases in Scotland pass 60,000
Changes to accessing urgent care expected this winter, says Health Secretary
The NHS Winter Preparedness Plan is expecting to announce changes to how people access urgent care.
Health Secretary Jeane Freeman is expecting to publish the plans on Wednesday afternoon.
They will outline the range of actions that will be taken and the resources that will be made available to support the delivery of health and social care services over winter.
Ms Freeman is also expected to announce changes to how people access urgent care, ensuring they get the right care in the right place.
The Health Secretary is expected to say: “Every effort must be made to prepare NHS Scotland for the pressures it will face in the coming months, in the face of the ongoing challenge from the Covid-19 pandemic.
“The incredible commitment of our health and social care staff, as well as the unstinting support and perseverance of the Scottish people, has prevented the NHS from being overwhelmed in the face of the pandemic.
“Our overriding priority is to ensure that this continues to be the case.
“That means we need to ensure we do everything possible to maximise NHS Scotland capacity and resilience, to ensure that the health service this winter is able to provide the care and treatment people deserve and expect.”
Pandemic brought pay cut for 45% of Scots workers, new report finds
Almost half of all workers in Scotland had their pay cut as coronavirus hit the country, a new report has found.
The IPPR Scotland think tank spoke about the impact of Covid-19 on people’s finances – but also warned the pandemic would still pose a “significant threat to lives and livelihoods across Scotland for some time to come”.
The new Weathering the Winter Storm report told how coronavirus had “exacerbated financial insecurity for families across Scotland”, adding many more people were now affected by this.
It called for urgent action from the Scottish and UK governments to tackle the problem, urging Westminster to make the temporary increase in benefits permanent and also consider how it can provide “additional support for families with children”.
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Tier system will 'create a wave of trauma and mental anguish across the sector', warns Scottish tourism chief
Hospitality businesses in parts of Scotland could remain closed until after Christmas, industry leaders have claimed, as First Minister Nicola Sturgeon confirmed plans for a new five-tier system of coronavirus restrictions.
Mobile game aims to help mental health of children during pandemic
A new mobile app designed to help improve mental health in children during the coronavirus pandemic has been released in the UK.
Kai’s Sanctuary uses exercises linked to cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT) and applies them in a game setting to help young people manage their emotions and introduces them to mindfulness and relaxation techniques.
The free app, which has gone live on the Apple App Store and will launch on Android next month, is set in a futuristic sanctuary where apprentice healer Kai is learning how to take care of guardians – the creatures who are protectors of children in the virtual world.
Players can take part in yoga with a guru sloth and breathing exercises with other virtual creatures as a way to introduce them to the techniques.
The game, developed by child health start-up and games studio Brightlobe, was funded by the Government’s innovation agency Innovate UK.
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Details of Wednesday’s daily coronavirus briefing
First Minister Nicola Sturgeon will hold a coronavirus briefing at 12.15pm with interim chief medical officer Dr Gregor Smith.
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Cancer operations cancelled in Nottingham as city and county braces for Tier 3
Nottingham hospital bosses have cancelled some cancer operations due to “pressure on intensive care units”.
The city and neighbouring boroughs had been preparing for Tier 3 restrictions to come into force on Thursday – and a surge in cases has meant the rest of Nottinghamshire looks set to follow.
Nottingham University Hospitals NHS Trust medical director Keith Girling said the trust had taken the “extremely difficult decision” to postpone four cancer operations this week.
The head of the NHS trust, which runs Nottingham’s two main hospitals, previously said some non-urgent surgery and appointments would have to be cancelled because of a spike in Covid-19 admissions.
It is understood the trust has not implemented a blanket cancellation of cancer operations.
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Police officers in Scotland have been called to break up more than 3,000 house parties across the country, despite a ban on households meeting indoors.
Danny Dyer: People who went to Eton can’t run this country
Danny Dyer has said the coronavirus pandemic has proved “people who went to Eton” are unable to run the country.
The EastEnders actor said the “little group” who attended the independent boarding school, near Windsor in Berkshire, have had their chance in power.
The 43-year-old said it is now time for “working-class people” who have “lived a real life” to be given responsibility for how the UK is run.
Make joint plan to enable safe travel at Christmas, leaders of UK nations urged
Uniform guidance for family gatherings at Christmas must be devised between all four nations of the UK, political leaders have been urged.
Boris Johnson, Nicola Sturgeon, Mark Drakeford and Arlene Foster were warned that their governments must “accept the inevitability” that people will travel over the festive period.
The call came in a letter from the Liberal Democrats in Scotland, Wales and England – together with the Alliance Party of Northern Ireland.
They said guidance cannot be made in isolation given the “interlinked” nature of life in the UK, and called for a “four nations summit” to agree a plan.
Protect Scotland Covid-19 tracing app now works in Northern Ireland and Jersey
Scotland’s coronavirus contact tracing app is now compatible with similar systems in Northern Ireland and Jersey – and should be able to link up with the app in England and Wales in the “coming weeks”.
Health Secretary Jeane Freeman said such moves are an “important step” in helping to reduce the spread of Covid-19.
More than 1.5 million people have downloaded the Protect Scotland app to their smartphones, with more than 10,000 people having been contacted by the system to let them know they have been in close contact with someone who has tested positive for coronavirus.
Samantha Morton: Government’s lack of arts funding is ‘outrageous’
Samantha Morton has attacked the Government for its “outrageous” lack of support for the creative sector amid the coronavirus pandemic.
The Oscar-nominated star, 43, suggested those in power did not understand that the TV and film they consumed relied on a network of industry workers.
Speaking during a Bafta Masterclass event, Morton called on more Government funding for the arts.
“I think in these times – certainly the times of Covid and moving forward – I just want everybody to be safe, as safe as we possibly can be. But (if we are to) survive we need more funding from the Government,” she said.
“It’s outrageous what they’re doing and (they’re) not understanding. What are they all doing? They’re sitting at home watching their Netflix and their BBC iPlayer in the evening.
“Whether it’s Bake Off or another series or something, they’re watching. They’re watching us. They’re watching cameramen who have done their work, editors (who) have done their work, actors (who) have done their work, directors (who) are directing, people (who) have done post. I just pray and hope we get to keep doing this.”
The Government is distributing a £1.57 billion funding package to the arts as well as further measures.