A FURTHER 465 Scots have tested positive for coronavirus, amid an outbreak at the country’s universities.
Nicola Sturgeon confirmed the figures at Holyrood this afternoon, with the total cases throughout the pandemic now at 25,960.
She also announced the sad news that two people have died from Covid-19 in the last 24 hours.
It comes after we told that more than 1,000 students are self-isolating in universities across Scotland.
Earlier we revealed mobile hairdressers can still visits homes despite the household visits ban but beauticians can’t.
Here’s the latest from Scotland’s battle against the pandemic.
UK CORONAVIRUS CASES SHOOT UP IN HIGHEST INCREASE EVER IN 24 HOURS
UK coronavirus cases today rose by 6,634 in the highest increase EVER in 24 hours as 40 deaths were recorded.
It’s a 95 per cent increase on the number of infections that were reported this time last week with the number of infections now sitting at 416,363.
The total number of lives now claimed by coronavirus sits at 41,902.
Read more: https://www.thescottishsun.co.uk/news/uk-news/6083642/uk-coronavirus-cases-highest-ever-40-deaths/
FOUR ADDED TO QUARANTINE LIST
TRAVELLERS from Denmark, Iceland, Slovakia and Curacao will now have to quarantine upon arrival in Scotland.
The Scottish Government said the move followed significant increases in coronavirus cases in these countries.
It means travellers are required to self-isolate at home, or another specified address, for 14 days from 4am on Saturday.
Justice Secretary Humza Yousaf said: “Putting in place quarantine requirements on those arriving in the UK from various parts of the world is a key line of defence in our efforts to suppress the spread of the virus.
“Managing the risk of importing cases from communities with high risks of transmission is vital in our efforts to do this.
“The advice remains that people should think very hard before committing to non-essential travel abroad.
“We are in the midst of a global pandemic and the situation in many countries can change suddenly.”
UK Transport Secretary Grant Shapps previously announced travellers from the same countries would have to quarantine on arrival in England.
Writing on Twitter, he said: “Data shows we need to remove Denmark, Slovakia, Iceland, and Curacao from the Travel Corridor list.
“If you arrive in the UK from these destinations after 4am this Saturday, you will need to self-isolate for 14 days.
“We will not be adding any destinations to the Travel Corridor list this week. Remember: You MUST complete a Passenger Locator Form by law if you enter the UK.
“This protects public health and ensures those who need to are complying with self-isolation rules.
“Also please don’t forget that you MUST self-isolate (quarantine) when returning from a non-exempt country, or face fines which start at £1,000.”
SCOTLAND’S students have been told NOT to go back to their family home under new restrictions.
More than 1,000 students across the country are self-isolating after coronavirus outbreaks in a number of unis.
And today Jason Leitch has confirmed that students in halls or flats away from home have formed a new household.
The National Clinical Director has said “the law is clear” – and that students must not return to their family home while the current curbs are in place.
Prof. Leitch’s clarification has split opinion among social media users – with some fearing for students’ health, while others saying parents should have been aware of this already.
READ MORE: https://www.thescottishsun.co.uk/news/scottish-news/6082764/coronavirus-scotland-students-not-home-household-halls-flat/
SIGN OF THE TIMES
SIGNS reading ‘send drink’ and ‘send weed’ have been displayed in the window of university halls as Scots students self-isolate.
More than 1000 students across Scotland are in isolation after a spike in coronavirus cases at universities.
And some of the 500 students in isolation at the Parker House Abertay University accommodation in Dundee have displayed joke signs in their windows.
Signs asking for ‘drink’ and ‘weed’ could be seen displayed on windows while another sign simply read: “Feck”.
Other signs included ‘Send food’, ‘help’ and ‘Hi mum’.
READ MORE: https://www.thescottishsun.co.uk/news/6082458/coronavirus-scotland-students-self-isolate-drink-weed-signs/
A SCOTS primary school has closed until Monday to allow health experts to probe a “small number” of coronavirus cases.
Sinclairtown Primary School in Kirkcaldy asked students to stay home amid an investigation into three positive Covid cases among staff at the school.
Parents were told their children should not attend the school until Monday with contact tracing underway – with “staffing reasons” cited over the closure.
NHS Fife say all confirmed cases of coronavirus are mild symptoms with those affected self-isolating at home.
The health board Public Health Team are carrying out a “thorough risk assesment” and will examine any links between the cases.
Children in classes P1a, P2 and P4 who have been identified as close contacts have been told they must self isolate.
READ MORE: https://www.thescottishsun.co.uk/news/6077068/coronavirus-scotland-school-shuts-probe-three-covid-cases/