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Covid in Scotland: New draft hospitality guidance a 'bombshell'
19/04/2021 | news | uk | 737
The guidance says people from different households have to observe 1m social distancing at pub and restaurant tables.
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Covid in Scotland: What rules are changing, and when?
16/04/2021 | news | uk | 790
As further restrictions are relaxed to ease us out of lockdown, what rules are changing and when?
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Swing Voter 79 9 0 1
Covid: How ready is Scotland to unlock?
14/04/2021 | news | uk | 1,371
With the country opening up a little more on Friday, here are five things about the state of the pandemic.
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Swing Voter 214 50 0 2
Covid: Travel ban in Scotland to be eased from Friday
13/04/2021 | news | uk | 1,970
People will be allowed to meet in larger groups outdoors and take day trips across Scotland from Friday.
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Covid in Scotland: Schools begin full-time classroom return
12/04/2021 | news | uk | 490
Secondary pupils in six councils are among those returning for full-time, in-class lessons for the first time in months.
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Covid in Scotland: Secondary schools to return full time after Easter
06/04/2021 | news | uk | 1,504
Pupils will no longer have to follow strict two metre physical distancing rules when they return.
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Swing Voter 34 18 1 11
Single-use plastic bag charge doubles to 10p in Scotland
01/04/2021 | news | uk | 797
The charge has been 5p since it was introduced in 2014, prompting a drastic decline in plastic bag usage.
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Swing Voter 44 21 0 2
Covid in Scotland: 'Stay at home' rule to end on Friday
30/03/2021 | news | uk | 1,947
People are being told to "stay local" and remain within their local council area for the following three weeks.
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Swing Voter 33 15 0 6
Scotland election 2021: Leaders go head-to-head in first TV debate
30/03/2021 | news | uk | 3,407
The leaders of Scotland's five larger political parties will take part in the BBC Scotland debate.
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Scottish economy 'could regain lost ground in two years'
29/03/2021 | news | uk | 1,619
KPMG analysis suggests Scottish GDP could be boosted by a successful vaccine rollout and "consumer bounce".
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Liberty Steel: Government looking at 'all options'
26/03/2021 | news | business | 247
Business Secretary Kwasi Kwarteng tells MPs he hopes to support the steelmaker "in its entirety".
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ScotRail conductors to stage series of strikes
25/03/2021 | news | uk | 137
RMT union members are to hold strike days every Sunday until 2 May, in an overtime payments dispute.
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NHS staff in Scotland to be offered 4% pay rise
25/03/2021 | news | uk | 3,301
The Scottish government praised staff for their "service and dedication" during the Covid pandemic.
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Coronavirus vaccines: PM to telephone EU leaders in bid to stop export ban being imposed
22/03/2021 | news | politics | 3,911
EU leaders will hold a virtual summit on Thursday to discuss the fate of vaccines made on the continent.
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Scotland to get 500,000 fewer Covid vaccine doses
18/03/2021 | news | uk | 2,912
Despite the supply issues, First Minister Nicola Sturgeon says the government expects to meet its mid-April targets.
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Swing Voter 63 34 0 7
Scotland's train operator ScotRail to be nationalised
18/03/2021 | news | uk | 2,095
The Scottish government says ScotRail will be taken into public ownership in March 2022.
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Swing Voter 69 5 0 4
Scotland voters weigh up priorities as polls approach
17/03/2021 | news | politics | 1,209
Independence, Covid, the economy and the NHS are on voters' minds ahead of elections in May.
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Swing Voter 35 6 0 1
Covid in Scotland: Hairdressers to reopen on 5 April as rules ease
16/03/2021 | news | uk | 2,547
First Minister Nicola Sturgeon says garden centres can also reopen in the days after the stay at home lockdown order is lifted.
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Covid in Scotland: More children return to the classroom
15/03/2021 | news | uk | 603
Secondary students were among those returning to the classroom - but initially on a part-time basis.
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Foreign Office to move 500 jobs to East Kilbride
15/03/2021 | news | uk | 1,795
The UK government has said more than 1,000 civil service roles in total are to be relocated to Scotland
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Covid vaccine lowers cases in Scotland's healthcare worker families
12/03/2021 | news | uk | 1,161
Vaccination of Scotland's healthcare workers has lowered the rate of infection for people they live with.
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Part-time return for all secondary pupils in Scotland from 15 March
02/03/2021 | news | uk | 1,764
As part of the phased return of pupils across Scotland, children in P4-P7 will also return full time.
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Covid in Scotland: Tighter rules will be used to decide on levels
02/03/2021 | news | uk | 1,598
Under new guidance local areas will have to have a lower number of positive cases before restrictions are eased.
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Swing Voter 127 6 4 10
Covid in Scotland: What's the state of the epidemic?
25/02/2021 | news | uk | 2,000
Using World Health Organization measures, it is possible to chart Scotland's progress in tackling Covid-19.
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Covid in Scotland: People with health issues to be offered vaccine
22/02/2021 | news | uk | 573
People with mild or moderate learning disabilities will now also be offered the jab in the next priority group.
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Covid vaccines - 'spectacular' impact on serious illness
22/02/2021 | news | health | 2,955
First evidence from the UK's vaccine programme shows a reduction in hospital admissions in Scotland.
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Swing Voter 12 2 1 2
Covid in Scotland: Is vaccination cutting the death rate?
18/02/2021 | news | uk | 1,302
Deaths among the oldest age group are falling, but is this "hard evidence" the vaccine is working?
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Swing Voter 57 13 0 7
Covid in Scotland: Virus elimination would 'come at cost'
18/02/2021 | news | uk | 2,543
Scotland's national clinical director says a Covid elimination strategy would stop international travel.
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Swing Voter 396 46 2 20
Covid in Scotland: Inadequate preparations for Covid, says watchdog
17/02/2021 | news | uk | 1,989
Audit Scotland say preparations for the pandemic could have been better but the NHS was not overwhelmed.
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Covid in Scotland: Youngest pupils to return to classrooms
16/02/2021 | news | uk | 2,450
Pupils in P1 to P3 and pre-school children will go back from 22 February, it has been confirmed.
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Swing Voter 63 10 0 5
Covid in Scotland: FM 'satisfied' target for over-70s vaccines has been met
15/02/2021 | news | uk | 2,349
Nicola Sturgeon says the latest milestone has been reached - but that progress will slow in the coming days.
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Covid in Scotland: Hancock 'happy to discuss' quarantine loophole
15/02/2021 | news | uk | 2,378
Concerns have been raised about the virus spreading if Scotland-bound travellers in England use public transport.
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Swing Voter 39 6 0 1
Covid in Scotland: Vaccination programme 'may need to slow down'
11/02/2021 | news | uk | 3,536
The country has received lower Pfizer vaccine stocks than expected due to a reduction in manufacturing capacity.
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Rail and road problems as temperatures hit new low of -17.1C
10/02/2021 | news | uk | 486
Scotland has faced a second day of travel disruption after further heavy snowfall and freezing conditions.
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Covid in Scotland: Quarantine hotel plan to cover all overseas flights
10/02/2021 | news | uk | 2,926
Everyone arriving on an overseas flight will have to quarantine in a hotel for 10 days at a cost of at least £1,750.
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Swing Voter 28 14 1 6
Covid in Scotland: Business confidence 'soars despite downturn'
08/02/2021 | news | uk | 655
A survey suggests firms are hopeful of a solid economic recovery once Covid restrictions are lifted.
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Swing Voter 44 9 0 2
UK government 'in denial' over EU seafood and fish exports
04/02/2021 | news | uk | 888
Seafood and fishing industry bodies highlight post-Brexit export problems to MPs on the Scottish Affairs Committee.
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Swing Voter 27 23 0 5
Covid in Scotland: Closed ski resorts have 'best snow in years'
04/02/2021 | news | uk | 335
Despite the most magnificent conditions in 11 years, the slopes remain closed because of lockdown.
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Swing Voter 73 31 0 1
Covid-19: International travel 'biggest impact' on deaths
04/02/2021 | news | uk | 1,063
Researchers from the University of Aberdeen examined factors across the 37 worst hit countries.
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Swing Voter 59 26 0 1
Covid in Scotland: How much longer will lockdown last?
02/02/2021 | news | uk | 2,137
Multiple factors will determine when an easing of restrictions comes, from vaccine effectiveness to hospital admissions rates.
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Scotch Whisky Association reports £500m loss after US tariffs
02/02/2021 | news | uk | 623
Figures suggest exports of single malt have fallen by a third since a 25% tariff was imposed in 2019.
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Covid in Scotland: Jab given to 98% of older care home residents
01/02/2021 | news | uk | 3,887
Nicola Sturgeon says the NHS is "ahead of schedule" in rolling out vaccines to the over-80s by Friday's deadline.
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Swing Voter 165 31 2 22
Boris Johnson says independence debate 'irrelevant' to most Scots
28/01/2021 | news | uk | 14,052
Boris Johnson says most people in Scotland are focused on defeating Covid rather than another referendum.
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Covid in Scotland: Train services cut as passenger numbers plunge
27/01/2021 | news | uk | 462
The boss of Scotland's Railways says "difficult decisions" have to be made to save taxpayer money.
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Swing Voter 62 23 0 2
Brexit: Scotland in talks over EU Erasmus scheme
26/01/2021 | news | uk | 2,301
The Scottish government wants to keep Scotland involved with the EU's education programme.
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Covid in Scotland: Ways to 'accelerate' vaccine plans being examined
25/01/2021 | news | uk | 2,891
A pilot programme for 24/7 vaccinations is among options being considered by the Scottish government.
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Swing Voter 134 37 1 18
Covid in Scotland: Over-70 vaccine letters start but blue envelope delay
25/01/2021 | news | uk | 1,280
Vaccination appointments for over-70s in Scotland will arrive on Monday as planned - but in white envelopes.
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Swing Voter 29 2 0 1
Covid in Scotland: I'm over 80 and waiting for my vaccine
22/01/2021 | news | uk | 460
Some elderly Scots are anxious as they wait for the jab despite assurances the vaccine programme is on track.
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Swing Voter 73 11 0 6
Spread of Covid-19 in Scotland 'decelerating' as R number falls
21/01/2021 | news | uk | 2,775
Modelling suggests that lockdown has "stabilised" the spread of new cases in Scotland.
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Swing Voter 15 6 0 2
Covid in Scotland: Phased return 'likely' for Scottish schools
20/01/2021 | news | uk | 2,613
The youngest and oldest pupils, plus those with additional support needs will be among the first to return to classrooms.
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Swing Voter 26 2 0 4
Covid in Scotland: Schools to stay closed as lockdown extended
19/01/2021 | news | uk | 1,986
Mainland Scotland and some islands to remain under toughest coronavirus rules until at least mid-February.
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Swing Voter 191 26 0 1
Covid in Scotland: Taxi grant 'not for those on state benefits'
19/01/2021 | news | uk | 364
Grants of £1,500 are being made available but those in receipt of benefits such as Universal Credit, are not eligible.
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Swing Voter 155 18 0 1
Covid in Scotland: Army helping set up 80 new vaccine centres
18/01/2021 | news | uk | 2,805
Soldiers from the Royal Army Medical Corps and Royal Scots Dragoon Guards are involved in the effort.
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Covid in Scotland: February school return 'tall order' warns Swinney
15/01/2021 | news | uk | 2,006
Scotland's education secretary says it will be a challenge for schools to reopen as normal by 1st February.
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Swing Voter 88 24 0 11
Covid in Scotland: Freeman targets 400,000 vaccinations every week
13/01/2021 | news | uk | 915
Scotland's health secretary says 400,000 jabs could be administered every week by the end of February.
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Swing Voter 173 13 0 2
Covid in Scotland: Tightening of lockdown rules announced
13/01/2021 | news | uk | 3,646
Restrictions around takeaway food and click-and-collect services in Scotland are to be toughened.
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Covid in Scotland: NHS staff shortages 'major problem'
12/01/2021 | news | uk | 485
The increasing number of staff off work could prevent the NHS Louisa Jordan opening to Covid patients.
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Covid in Scotland: Lockdown lifting 'unlikely' as deaths pass 5,000
12/01/2021 | news | uk | 1,873
Scotland's first minister says the current restrictions are "very unlikely" to be lifted at the end of the month.
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Swing Voter 35 15 0 4
Covid in Scotland: Students' return to universities delayed
08/01/2021 | news | uk | 1,661
Teaching for the vast majority of students will be online only until at least the end of February.
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Swing Voter 146 28 0 8
Covid in Scotland: Medics concerned over 12-week gap between vaccine doses
06/01/2021 | news | uk | 1,233
The BMA in Scotland says it is concerned about the potential impact of delaying the second dose of the Pfizer vaccine.
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Swing Voter 38 9 1 6
Covid in Scotland: 'Stay at home' order comes into force
05/01/2021 | news | uk | 1,183
Strict new Covid-19 restrictions come into force in Scotland, prohibiting people from leaving their homes.
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Swing Voter 258 38 2 10
Covid in Scotland: Scots ordered to stay at home in new lockdown
04/01/2021 | news | uk | 4,454
Mainland Scotland faces tougher restrictions from midnight, and schools will remain closed until February.
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Covid in Scotland: First doses of Oxford vaccine administered
04/01/2021 | news | uk | 1,428
The Oxford-AstraZeneca vaccine programme is being rolled out less than a week after it became the second approved in the UK.
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Swing Voter 39 13 0 6
Brexit: Boris Johnson hails free trade deal with EU
24/12/2020 | news | politics | 11,428
The deal between the UK and EU ends months of arguments over business rules and fishing rights.
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Swing Voter 21 13 0 2
EU to allow post-Brexit UK farm produce exports
24/12/2020 | news | business | 752
While this is a "critical step forward", seed potatoes are not included because of EU regulatory fears.
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Call to prioritise lorries with perishable goods as travel ban eases
23/12/2020 | news | uk | 118
Scottish ministers want drivers moving perishable goods such as seafood to be prioritised as France eases its travel ban.
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Covid in Scotland: Scottish level four rules 'may be strengthened'
22/12/2020 | news | uk | 2,108
Nicola Sturgeon warns that the current top level of restrictions may need to be tightened further.
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Covid in Scotland: Schools to remain open this week, says Swinney
21/12/2020 | news | uk | 368
The deputy first minister says the prevalence of the virus is much lower than other parts of the UK.
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Swing Voter 34 2 0 1
Covid in Scotland: Police will investigate 'flagrant' breaches of travel ban
21/12/2020 | news | uk | 2,176
Officers in Scotland "will act" if they believe there is a "flagrant" breach of travel restrictions.
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Swing Voter 137 22 2 15
Sir Keir Starmer promises to shift power from Westminster
21/12/2020 | news | uk | 1,145
In a key policy speech, the Labour leader set out plans for the "boldest devolution project in a generation".
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Covid in Scotland: Businesses warn they need 'extraordinary' support
20/12/2020 | news | uk | 263
Retail and hospitality industry leaders say more financial help is needed as they prepare for three weeks of tough restrictions.
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Swing Voter 66 21 0 7
Covid in Scotland: 'All options on table' for post-Christmas rules
18/12/2020 | news | uk | 3,149
The health secretary was speaking as three council areas prepare to move to a tougher level of restrictions.
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Covid in Scotland: Tougher virus restrictions for three council areas
15/12/2020 | news | uk | 2,619
Aberdeen, Aberdeenshire and East Lothian will all move up to level three of the country's tiered system.
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Covid in Scotland: Pre-Christmas review of restriction levels
15/12/2020 | news | uk | 663
All 32 local authority areas in the country will be assessed by politicians and public health officials.
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Covid in Scotland: First care home resident receives vaccine
14/12/2020 | news | uk | 685
Annie Innes, 90, from South Lanarkshire, is the first person to be be vaccinated in a care home.
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Covid in Scotland: Shops reopen as toughest restrictions eased
11/12/2020 | news | uk | 1,826
Non-essential shops across much of western Scotland have reopened for the first time in three weeks.
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Covid in Scotland: Second wave reignited by summer holidays
09/12/2020 | news | uk | 1,519
A new report identifies that UK and foreign travel was the trigger for the second wave of the pandemic.
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Covid in Scotland: New support grants for taxis, tourism and weddings
09/12/2020 | news | uk | 1,733
Details of a further £185m of support for Scottish firms hit by Covid-19 restrictions are announced.
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Scotland's toughest Covid restrictions to be eased
08/12/2020 | news | uk | 1,973
All 11 council areas currently under level four restrictions are to be downgraded to level three on Friday.
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Covid in Scotland: Have the level four restrictions worked?
08/12/2020 | news | uk | 807
As people in Scotland wait to hear what Covid alert level their area will be put in to, we analyse the statistics and ask whether the toughest measures have been working.
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Covid in Scotland: Sturgeon confirms level 4 restrictions will end on Friday
07/12/2020 | news | uk | 1,393
Nicola Sturgeon says 11 councils in west and central Scotland will come out of the highest tier of restrictions.
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Covid: Scottish Care homes trial rapid tests for visitors
07/12/2020 | news | uk | 240
The lateral flow tests will be trialled among visitors to 14 care homes in five local authority areas.
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Scotland's health chiefs warn of no-deal Brexit risk
07/12/2020 | news | uk | 857
Patient care could be put at risk if an agreement is not made before the 31 December departure date.
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Covid in Scotland: Vaccine will reach care homes from 14 December
03/12/2020 | news | uk | 3,047
The first batches of the vaccine, which arrive in Scotland on Tuesday, will be given to health staff.
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Covid in Scotland: First vaccinations to start next week
02/12/2020 | news | uk | 2,819
People in Scotland could start receiving the Covid-19 vaccine from next Tuesday, Nicola Sturgeon says.
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Covid in Scotland: No change to virus alert levels
01/12/2020 | news | uk | 2,589
Ministers will continue to "look carefully" at Aberdeen and Aberdeenshire, but both will remain in level two.
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SNP conference: £500 'thank you' payment for healthcare staff
30/11/2020 | news | uk | 4,877
Nicola Sturgeon says the one-off cash payment is to thank health staff for their "extraordinary service".
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Covid in Scotland: Students and 'hotspot' areas targeted in testing
30/11/2020 | news | uk | 474
Two new mass testing programmes are under way in a bid to drive down infection rates before Christmas.
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Covid in Scotland: Eight-person limit for Christmas bubbles
26/11/2020 | news | uk | 4,039
Government guidance says the bubbles should contain a maximum of eight people over the age of 11.
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What the spending review means for Scotland
25/11/2020 | news | uk | 1,177
An increase in the money coming to Scotland but uncertainty about costs and pay awards.
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Five Covid numbers to watch: Has Scotland's 'second wave' peaked?
25/11/2020 | news | uk | 706
Covid hotspots are still emerging across Scotland, but the number of daily deaths is declining.
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Covid in Scotland: Oil and gas sector in economic turmoil, says report
25/11/2020 | news | uk | 42
Reduced activity sees confidence "slashed" and more redundancies expected in 2021, a survey reveals.
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Covid in Scotland: No changes to local levels after review
24/11/2020 | news | uk | 1,882
Nicola Sturgeon says the existing restrictions in place across Scotland are "having an impact" on the virus.
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Covid in Scotland: Relaxing of rules 'not expected' at Hogmanay
23/11/2020 | news | uk | 1,795
Nicola Sturgeon says there could be a "careful" easing at Christmas - but does not expect a relaxation at new year.
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