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Coronavirus in Scotland: Latest updates on Friday 15 May

Last updated: Friday, 15 May, 2020, 20:40

  • Over 2,000 people have now died in Scotland
  • 14,117 people have tested positive for the virus in Scotland
  • Nicola Sturgeon calls for more Scottish spending power

Westminster gives Holyrood £58m to help tackle care home coronavirus infections

The UK Government has announced an additional £58 million in funding to help Scotland tackle Covid-19 in care homes.

This is on top of the £3.5 billion package given to Holyrood to tackle the crisis.

The funding comes just two days after the Office for National Statistics announced that 58% of Scottish care homes have lodged at least one notification for suspected Covid-19 to the Care Inspectorate.

Figures show that across the UK more than 12,500 people living in care homes have so far died with Covid-19.

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Pay rise for Edinburgh carers expected from next week

A 3.3 per cent pay rise for care workers across Scotland could be delivered from next week - but critics say it should not have taken the coronavirus pandemic for it to happen.

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This is when Scottish councils will reopen household waste plants

Household waste recycling plants have been closed since the beginning of the lockdown.

Councils across Scotland have agreed a date to reopen household waste recycling plants, after they were shut to comply with lockdown rules in March.

Leaders of the Convention of Scottish Local Authorities said members would plan for the reopening of sites across Scotland on Monday, June 1.

The group's environment spokesman, Cllr Steven Heddle, said the restart was conditional on assurances that doing so would not “negatively impact” Scotland’s coronavirus infection rate.

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Only 30% of Scots happy to use buses and trains again

Scots are becoming more nervous about using public transport but remain happier about it than the rest of Britain.

They have also become more concerned about social distancing, wearing masks and hand sanitiser being made available.

The proportion of Scots comfortable with returning to buses and trains has dipped from 32 per cent to 30 per cent in the latest weekly poll by official passenger watchdog Transport Focus.

That compares to an average of just 20 per cent across Britain – down from 24 per cent last week.

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Local authorities to reopen household waste centres on June 1

LNER rail passengers must make reservations from Monday

Travellers may also be prevented from boarding Avanti West Coast trains without a reservation as part of social distancing measures.

East coast main line operator LNER is imposing the restriction to ensure passengers can observe minimum distancing aboard.

It operates Edinburgh-London services, some of which continue between the Scottish capital and Aberdeen, Inverness and Glasgow.

LNER’s services will increase on Monday from about 35 per cent of normal levels to 60 per cent.

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Mobile Army testing unit to be based in Scotland's 'coronavirus capital'

The Army is to man a mobile Covid-10 testing unit in an area of Scotland that has become known as the nation’s coronavirus capital on account of its disproportionately high death rate during the outbreak.

Inverclyde, which spans the towns of Greenock, Gourock, and Port Glasgow, is home to some of the most deprived areas in the country, and has been hit hard by the virus, with 103 deaths in the area to date.

The region’s Covid-19 related death rate stands at 13 per 10,000 people, considerably higher than the national average.

Amid growing calls from local politicians, the Army will now operate the testing unit from Monday. It will test symptomatic key workers, members of the public over the age of 65, and those who have to leave home to go to work. The household members of each grouping will also be able to undergo tests.

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Gateshead council leader calls Government's easing of lockdown rules 'madness'

Gateshead's council leader has called the Government's easing of the lockdown rules "frankly madness" as Liverpool says it will not be reopening schools on June 1.

The unease at the changes to social-distancing rules among civic leaders in the north of England grew as Greater Manchester Mayor Andy Burnham said the Government's easing "did come a little too soon" for the North-West.

Labour leader of Gateshead Council Martin Gannon said on Friday that his council's advice continued to be to "stay at home".

He said there was evidence that the rate of infection, measured through the R value, was greater than one in his borough.

London Underground drivers advised of their right to refuse work

London Underground drivers are being advised by their union of their right to refuse to work in circumstances where they are at risk of serious danger.

Aslef said it wanted to see services increase, but only in a way that was safe for staff and passengers.

Finn Brennan, Aslef's organiser on the Underground, said: "Despite our objections, London Underground has insisted that, from next week, train drivers revert to working as they did before the Covid-19 crisis.

"They are being told that they can no longer continue to work in the safer way that they have been working over the last six weeks.

"This is because the Government is insisting that Transport for London maximises the service it operates, regardless of the implications for driver safety.

“Forty two Transport for London workers have already lost their lives to this dreadful disease. The Government appears to regard them as nothing more than collateral damage.”

Ninth resident dies at Skye care home

A ninth resident has died in an outbreak of coronavirus at a care home on the Isle of Skye.

The eighth fatality occurred on Wednesday at Home Farm care home in Portree, with a ninth happening overnight into Friday.

Thirty residents and 29 staff have tested positive for Covid-19 at the home.

News of the latest deaths came after NHS Highland stepped in to play a greater role in running the home - a move local MP Ian Blackford said had come as a relief to local residents on the island.

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