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Coronavirus in Scotland LIVE: Wednesday, August 26
Last updated: Thursday, 01 January, 1970, 01:00
- Two people who tested positive for coronavirus have died in last 24 hours
- New Covid-19 outbreak in Hawick
- Pupil in Edinburgh nursery tests positive for coronavirus
First Minister’s daily briefing set for 12:20pm
Ms Sturgeon will address the Scottish Parliament soon as part of FMQs.
Frankie Boyle: 'Working class' Scottish comedy will be left to go to the wall
Stand-up favourite Frankie Boyle has predicted that the industry will be left to “go to the wall” in Scotland – because it represents the voice of working class people.
The Glasgow-born comic has predicted that the Scottish Government and Creative Scotland will abandon clubs and performers because “the Scottish establishment is incredibly paternalistic."
The 48-year-old, one of the most high-profile figures involved in a new campaign to prevent the industry from collapsing in the wake of the shutdown of arts venues, suggested the art form would suffer due to an attitude that “we should hear less from such people.”
Kevin Bridges, Janey Godley, Fern Brady and Daniel Sloss are among the other comics who have pleaded for emergency funding to help prevent long-standing businesses going under.
Williamson: England not following Scotland’s lead on masks in schools
The Education Secretary has insisted that the Government is following the “best scientific and medical advice” after announcing a U-turn on guidance in England for face coverings in schools.
Gavin Williamson said an “extra precautionary measure” had been put in place with the updated guidance – issued on Tuesday evening – which says face coverings should be worn in communal areas of schools in local lockdown areas.
It followed pressure from teaching unions, which urged clarity before pupils return to school next week, and an announcement from Scotland that all secondary pupils there will be required to wear masks in between lessons.
On Monday, England’s deputy chief medical officer, Jenny Harries, said the evidence on whether children over 12 should wear masks in schools was “not strong”.
Mr Williamson later reiterated that masks were not required due to extra measures being adopted by schools, while a Number 10 spokesman said there were no plans to review the guidance.
When asked what had changed, Mr Williamson told Sky News on Wednesday: “We always follow and listen to the best scientific and medical advice, and that’s why we’re not recommending that face coverings should be mandatory right across the country in all schools.
“The best scientific and medical advice says that that isn’t necessary.”
Pressed on whether the Government had followed Scotland into the decision, he said: “As you highlighted, what Jenny did highlight, was that we shouldn’t be bringing mandatory face coverings in communal areas right across the country into every secondary school.
“And that’s not what we’re doing, but we are recognising the fact that there are certain areas of the country where there’s a high instance of, or higher instance, of coronavirus, that we’re taking an extra precautionary measure.”
NHS must innovate to deal with backlog in cancer treatment
Scotland’s health service must take on more workers, access new equipment and innovate to tackle a major backlog of patients waiting for important tests and treatment, cancer charities have warned.
The call comes as the latest statistics show a dramatic increase in the length of time patients have had to wait for diagnostic tests in Scotland during the coronavirus crisis.
A new report from Public Health Scotland has revealed two out of three people were forced to wait more than the target time of six weeks during the height of lockdown.
The findings have sparked concern over the potential knock-on impact on treatment for patients with life-threatening conditions such as cancer.
The data shows 98,332 Scots were still waiting for tests at the end of June – a rise of 7.6 per cent from pre-pandemic levels.
Coronavirus case confirmed at Dalry nursery in Edinburgh
Pupils at a school in Dalry, Edinburgh, have been told to self-isolate for 14 days after a child in its nursery tested positive for coronavirus.
In a letter sent to parents at Dalry Primary School late last night, NHS Lothian confirmed that pupils who had been in direct contact with the infected child had been notified and would be staying at home for the next two weeks.
One parent at the school, who wished to remain anonymous, said she was “obviously worried” about the news.
More than 10,000 Scots pupils off school last Friday for coronavirus-related reasons
A total of 10,665 Scots pupils were absent from classes last Friday (August 21) for reasons related to Covid-19 – missing either all or part of the school day.
That's according to the Scottish Government, who on Tuesday published data on attendance and absence in local authority schools, including coronavirus-related absences.
The latest government data also shows the overall attendance rate at local authority primary, secondary and special schools was 91.8%.
The Scottish government said the information was classed as ‘management information’, as it has not been subjected to the rigorous quality assurance processes that would normally be undertaken when statistics are published as ‘official’ or ‘national statistics’.