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Coronavirus in Scotland LIVE: Latest updates on Friday

Last updated: Friday, 03 July, 2020, 14:07

  • Five mile travel limit no longer active in Scotland
  • Self-contained, self-catering  holiday accommodation can reopen today
  • One new death from Covid-19 registered in Scotland

Teenage develops new wearable technology to prevent spread of Covid-19

A teenage entrepreneur has developed a new wearable technology to help people stop touching their faces and prevent the spread of Covid-19.

Max Melia, 15, from Bristol, has created VybPro, an intelligent wristband which vibrates to alert wearers every time they are about to subconsciously touch their faces.

The tech-savvy youngster began working on the concept two years ago, as a way to reduce the spread of cold and flu.

After his parents both contracted coronavirus, he set about developing a working prototype. Although both parents have now recovered, his father still has scarring in his lung tissue from the disease.

He has now launched a crowd-funding campaign, aiming to raise £60,000, which will allow him to bring his vision to life. The Kickstarter has raised more than £16,000 in its first week.

The money raised will allow the technology Max has developed to be shrunk down small enough to comfortably wear on the wrist.

18,000 pubs could close for good this year, warns industry boss

Pubs could be making financial losses "for some time" with up to 18,000 at risk of closure by the end of the year, an industry boss has warned.

Customers will be allowed to drink inside bars and pubs for the first time in three months as they reopen on Saturday under the easing of lockdown measures in England.

But the British Beer and Pub Association's (BBPA) chief executive Emma McClarkin said the industry will need further financial support from the Government to survive.

She told the PA news agency: "We are really excited to be having the chance to reopen on Saturday, but please don't think that the sector is therefore trading at normal levels and will be able to sustain itself.

"It won't be making a profit for some time.

UK’s smallest pub prepares for reopening

A pub believed to be the smallest in the UK is among those gearing up for a grand reopening this weekend.

The Little Prince in Margate, Kent, measures just 10ft (3m) by 6ft 6in (2m).

Now, after being closed during lockdown, staff at the popular bar are looking forward to welcoming customers back from Saturday, when restrictions in England ease.

Nicola Sturgeon daily news briefing live:

The First Minister praised the NHS ahead of the 72nd anniversary on Sunday of the service being established.

She said: "There is no doubt at all our health and care workers have been challenged over the past period like seldom before in that 72-year history and they have responded absolutely magnificently.

"My thanks once again go to each and every one of them. It is not possible to find the words to sum up the gratitude that I feel."

Nicola Sturgeon daily news briefing live:

Nicola Sturgeon said a new report looking at how to mitigate the impact Covid-19 will have on unemployment in Scotland had made "significant" recommendations.

She said the Scottish Government would consider these points, and those of another report looking at how to help the economy recover from coronavirus.

"The proposal from the advisory group to implement a job guarantee for young people fits well with many of the key priorities identified in today's report.

"So I can confirm today that Sandy Begbie, who is the chief transformation officer for Tesco Bank, has agreed to lead the work on developing an implementation plan for a job guarantee."

The First Minister said Mr Begbie had "valuable experience" in this area.

Nicola Sturgeon daily news briefing live:

On the issue of quarantining visitors, Nicola Sturgeon said: "I think I can say now it is likely, very likely, that we will be able to agree the list of countries the UK has categorised as low-risk, although we will need to do a proper assessment of that.

"But we need to take some particular care in our assessment of the risk categorised as medium-risk, because that is where there may be some countries that have a higher prevalence of the virus than Scotland does right now."

She said she hoped a decision could be made "quickly".

Ms Sturgeon also suggested Scots who are "desperate" to book a summer holiday could take a break in Scotland this year, supporting the local tourism sector at "a time when they have probably never needed that support more".

Nicola Sturgeon daily news briefing live: "The list of countries [the UK Government] were yesterday demanding that the Scottish Government sign up to, and suggesting we were a barrier to getting an agreement on, is not the same as the list they have shared with us today."

Nicola Sturgeon said it had been "really quite challenging for Scotland to come to a position" on UK Government proposals to lift quarantine restrictions on those flying into the county from other parts of the world.

Nicola Sturgeon: “We assess the prevalence of the virus in Scotland right now is five times lower than in England, and Northern Ireland faces a similar issue."

Nicola Sturgeon daily news briefing live:

Scotland's First Minster Nicola Sturgeon said the UK Government's decision-making on air bridges has been "shambolic".

Speaking during the Scottish Government's coronavirus briefing, she said: "When so much is at stake as it is right now we can't allow ourselves to be dragged along in the wake of, to be quite frank about it, another government's shambolic decision process."

"We want to welcome visitors again from around the world and we also want to allow our own citizens to travel.

"We also want, if possible for obvious practical reasons, to have alignment on these matters with the rest of the UK."

She said it has been "really challenging" for Scotland to come to a position on the UK Government proposals with speed.

But she said that it is "very likely" that the Scottish Government will be able to agree the low-risk countries on the air bridge list over the next few days.

On subject on air bridges, Ms Sturgeon says: "With so much at stake, we can't allow ourselves to be dragged along by another government's shambolic decision-making process," says the first minister. "We will take time to consider this."

Nicola Sturgeon daily news briefing live: Ms Sturgeon says she will not be rushed on 'shambolic' air bridge proposals

Nicola Sturgeon daily news briefing live: First Minister says an “extra special thank you” to all NHS and social care staff, with Sunday being the 72nd anniversary of NHS Scotland

Nicola Sturgeon daily news briefing live:

A total of 2,488 patients have died in Scotland after testing positive for coronavirus, up by one from 2,487 on Thursday, Nicola Sturgeon said.

Speaking during the Scottish Government's daily coronavirus briefing, Ms Sturgeon said 18,276 people have tested positive for the virus in Scotland, up by 12 from 18,264 the previous day.

There are 670 people in hospital with confirmed or suspected Covid-19, a decrease of 115 on Thursday.

Of these patients, 12 were in intensive care, an increase of three.

Nicola Sturgeon daily news briefing live: One further coronavirus death brings Scottish total to 2,488

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