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Lockdown measures have been further eased in Scotland.

Coronavirus in Scotland LIVE: The latest updates on Wednesday

Last updated: Wednesday, 15 July, 2020, 19:57

  • Pubs, restaurants and hairdressers in Scotland reopen
  • Young carers worried about future after coronavirus
  • Seventh day in row with no Covid-19 deaths in Scotland

Qatar Airways to increase Doha flights from Edinburgh

Qatar Airways plans to boost flights to its Middle East hub in Doha from Edinburgh in August and September after becoming the first airline to resume long-haul services from Scotland two weeks ago.

The carrier currently operates two flights a week, which it said would rise to at least three from 1 August and potentially five.

Qatar then hopes to resume daily flights from September.

The moves come as Emirates resumed Glasgow-Dubai flights today, which are due to increase from four times a week to daily from 1 August and twice daily from 1 September.

Staycation holidays set to boom in Scotland

Staycation holidays look set to boom in Scotland post lockdown as new figures revealed a surge in bookings and demand for self-catering, with all holiday accommodation reopening today.

Data from online booking software company, SuperControl, shows daily booking rates have nearly doubled at times during the week leading up to June 25th compared to the same time last year.

Around 13,500 properties across the UK and Ireland were included in the analysis.

Dental practice owners say they have 'no confidence' in government

A group of dental practice owners have said they no longer have confidence in the consultation arrangements between the Scottish Government and their representative body, as anger grows about NHS patients being refused treatments which private patients can receive.

The new Scottish Dental Practice Owners’ Group, which consists of around 466 practices caring for 3.5 million patients, has raised concerns about oral health as NHS dentists are still forbidden to carry out routine treatments such as fillings, and cannot use compressed air to check for cavities during check ups.

The strict measures were put in place at the height of the coronavirus outbreak, with practices closed to patients and emergency treatments – in the main extractions – only available at Urgent Care Centres.

However since lockdown easing has begun, private practices who have paid for surgical-grade PPE have been allowed to provide treatment to patients, including the use of aerosol equipment. But the Scottish Government has refused to allow NHS surgeries to do the same, with the SDPO blaming the decision on the cost of supplying the correct PPE.

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Latest Covid-19 figures “remarkable”, says Edinburgh University global health expert

Edinburgh has lowest workplace activity in the world compared to pre-Covid

Edinburgh is showing signs of having one of the slowest economic recoveries in the world post-lockdown as the impact of the Covid-19 crisis takes hold of the habits of the people of the Capital.

Google data, analysed by Dan Cookson, an independent housing and spatial information specialist, shows that the city is struggling to bounce back from the coronavirus lockdown.

The data, which tracks people’s movements and allocates it as being at home, at work, or doing recreation activities, shows that when compared to pre-lockdown, Edinburgh has the lowest workplace activity of anywhere in the world, down 69 per cent as of July 7.

Cities across the UK are among the lowest in the world with Glasgow down 59 per cent, Aberdeen and Greater London down 58 per cent.

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Covid-19 deaths close to returning to pre-lockdown levels

Deaths from Covid-19 have dropped to levels not seen since before the lockdown for the first time since the beginning of the coronavirus pandemic.

The weekly release of figures by the National Records of Scotland (NRS) which counts the number of deaths from confirmed or suspected coronavirus showed an extra 13 deaths were registered between July 6 and July 12.

That is down five compared on the previous week and is the closest to pre-lockdown figures seen throughout the pandemic.

In the week starting March 16, the week prior to lockdown, 11 deaths were recorded by the NRS.

A total of 4,187 people have died in Scotland with confirmed or suspected coronavirus, overall, say the NRS.

The statistics are published weekly and account for all deaths registered in Scotland where Covid-19 was mentioned on the death certificate.

They differ from the lab-confirmed coronavirus deaths announced daily by the Scottish Government because they include suspected or probable cases of Covid-19.

Queen to knight Captain Tom in personal open-air ceremony at Windsor Castle

Fundraising hero Captain Sir Tom Moore is to be knighted by the Queen in his own unique personal open-air ceremony at Windsor Castle on Friday.

The 100-year-old Second World War veteran will travel to the historic royal residence in Berkshire with members of his family for the special outdoor investiture.

Captain Sir Tom raised almost £33 million for health service charities by walking 100 laps of his Bedfordshire garden.

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Nicola Sturgeon: ‘today is a good day’

The First Minister said people should feel positive about the battle against coronavirus as she declared today “a good day” with businesses across Scotland reopening and no Covid-19 deaths reported for the seventh day in a row.

Ms Sturgeon said that supressing the spread of the virus was “going in the right direction” and Scots should feel “motivated into not going backwards”.

However she, and the National Clinical Director Professor Jason Leitch, again stressed their nervousness as pubs, restaurants and other communal businesses begin to reopen.

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Boris Johnson says Covid-19 inquiry will ‘certainly’ happen

An independent inquiry into the UK Government’s handling of the coronavirus pandemic will “certainly” take place, Boris Johnson has pledged.

The Prime Minister told MPs he does not believe now is the right time for such an investigation but it will happen in the future.

Speaking in the Commons, Liberal Democrat acting co-leader Sir Ed Davey said: "Under this PM we suffered one of the worst death rates in the world and Europe's worst death rate for health and care workers.

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Scotland’s Covid-19 death rate four times higher in large urban areas, analysis finds

People living in larger urban areas were over four times more likely to die with Covid-19 than those in remote locations over the past four months, according to new analysis.

National Records of Scotland (NRS) figures show between March 1 and June 30, there were 116.8 age-standardised deaths involving Covid-19 per 100,000 people in large urban areas compared to 26.8 per 100,000 in remote rural locations.

The gap was substantially smaller when considering the rate of deaths from all causes, where it was 1.4 times higher in large urban areas than in remote rural areas.

People in the most deprived areas of the country were 2.1 times more likely to die with Covid than those living in the least deprived parts, the analysis found.

Nicola Sturgeon:  "At the peak of this outbreak more than 200 people were for a period being admitted to hospital every day Let's not take the risk of going back to that."

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Nicola Sturgeon stressed if Scots followed the regulations "we will manage to open our country again without allowing this horrible virus to spread".

She noted it was Scottish Care Home Day as she thanked care home workers for their efforts during the pandemic.

She told them: "All of you in recent months have shown skill, dedication and compassion, above and beyond the call of duty and you have my heartfelt thanks for that."

She also revealed the Scottish Government was publishing a new paper on surveillance of the virus.

"Prevalence of the virus in Scotland has now fallen to very low levels," the First Minister said.

"But as we all go out and about more it becomes increasingly important we are very alert, hyper vigilant, to any early warnings that case numbers might be starting to increase again."

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Nicola Sturgeon spoke about the tightening of restrictions in California, where bars, cinemas and restaurants, have had to close again.

"That must be a reminder that our progress out of lockdown could yet go into reverse," she warned.

"And it will go into reverse if we see signs that the virus is starting to spread widely in the community again.

"So all of us must do everything we can to ensure that doesn't happen."

The First Minister told Scots: "In the days and weeks ahead enjoy your first meal out in a long time, if you are able to do that. Enjoy your first drink indoors if you want to do that. Enjoy your first haircut - which I know many of us across the country will certainly do.

"And please support local businesses as you do that where ever you can. They need our support at this time more than ever."

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Nicola Sturgeon, speaking at her daily coronavirus briefing, explained her nervousness was because they were "by some margin the highest risk changes we have made since we began the process out of lockdown".

She added: "Many of these changes involve indoor activity and we know that the risk of the virus spreading indoors, in a pub for example, is significantly higher than it is outdoors.

"That is why we have deliberately waited until infection levels were very low before allowing these services to restart, that gives us the best possible chances of managing the risk that reopening indoor services creates.

"But it doesn't remove those risks, and so it is vital - more vital than it has been at any stage of this crisis so far - that all of us stick rigidly to the rules and guidance on how to behave in these different settings."

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