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Coronavirus in Scotland LIVE: The latest updates on Tuesday

Last updated: Tuesday, 07 July, 2020, 13:07

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£9 million support package for Edinburgh Trams and Glasgow Subway revealed

A £9 million package of support for Edinburgh Trams and the Glasgow Subway has been revealed by the Scottish Government.

Transport Scotland announced on Tuesday that the funding will be rolled out to allow services to continue following discussions with operators.

Since the beginning of the coronavirus pandemic and subsequent lockdown in March, passenger numbers across the public transport network have dropped.

Due to social distancing restrictions leading to limited space, numbers are not expected to return to pre-pandemic levels for some time.

The funds, which will be given out over the next three months, are expected to help control demand across the network, according to Transport Secretary Michael Matheson.

A&E waiting times target in Scotland met for first time in three years

A target to ensure 95% of all accident and emergency cases are seen within four hours was met in May for the first time in almost three years.

The Scottish Government set the goal in 2007 but it has failed to meet it in recent years.

The figure dropped as low as 83.8% in December.

In May, 95.2% of patients were seen during the allotted time, a rise of 0.3% from the previous month according to NHS statistics.

This represents the first time the goal has been hit since August 2017, when the figure stood at 95%.

In weekly statistics published for June, the target was hit for every week but one, with an average of 95.2%.

Attendances at A&E are also beginning to recover, with 88,608 attendances during May, rising from a low of 65,114 in April - the month after the coronavirus lockdown took effect.

Petition launched to save rent protection bill

A petition has been launched to push the Scottish Government to adopt a Bill capping rent prices after it was dropped by a Holyrood committee.

The Fair Rents (Scotland) Bill was introduced by Labour MSP Pauline McNeill earlier this year and if passed it would cap rent increases for private sector tenants.

However, the Local Government and Communities Committee dropped the legislation last week, blaming a heavy workload brought on by the coronavirus pandemic leading to a lack of time.

The Members' Bill will now most likely not be debated before next year's election, unless it is adopted by the Scottish Government.

Nicola Sturgeon daily news briefing live: “These are really difficult judgements - all countries are having to grapple with this right now - and it’s important that we apply as much reason and objective evidence as possible. I’m not prepared to simply rubber stamp decisions taken by another government.”

Nicola Sturgeon daily news briefing live: "We want to get to a better position as soon as we can, but we need to do it safely"

Nicola Sturgeon daily news briefing live: "I want people to be able to travel freely as quickly as possible," says First Minister

Nicola Sturgeon daily news briefing live:

The First Minister added that she hoped that Scotland would be able to continue its emergence from lockdown on Thursday, following the three-weekly review of the measures.

She said: "We cannot, and this is a statement of the obvious, go on indefinitely with severe restrictions on our economy and on our way of life.

"That's why I hope we will be able to confirm on Thursday that we are moving to phase three of our route out of lockdown.

"However, it is also why we are and must continue to be determined to ensure that our emergence from lockdown is both safe and sustainable."

The First Minister said that care must be taken to ensure that lockdown measures are not reimposed, adding: "That risk is a very real one and we must not ever lull ourselves into a sense that we are somehow immune from that."

Ms Sturgeon went on to point to a number of areas where lockdown measures have been reimposed by governments, in Australia, Spain and Serbia.

Nicola Sturgeon daily news briefing live: "The risk of going back into lockdown must be minimised. That risk is a very real one."

Nicola Sturgeon daily news briefing live:

The First Minister announced that the cluster of 12 coronavirus cases in Dumfries and Galloway is now under control.

She said that the limited travel distance guidance in Dumfries, Annan and Gretna would now be lifted to match the rest of the country, as well as allowing those in the area to visit care homes.

Nicola Sturgeon thanked those affected by coronavirus in the area for their co-operation, including employers and the 23 contacts who were traced by officials for self-isolating.

The First Minister said she was "very grateful" to all those involved.

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