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15/1/2021
Coronavirus (covid-19 Daily Data For Scotland - 15 January 2021
2,160 new cases of COVID-19 reported.   34,932 new tests for COVID-19 that reported results - 7.5% of these were positive.  
15/1/2021
All Uk Travel Corridors Temporarily Suspended To Protect Against New International VariantsThumbnail for article : All Uk Travel Corridors Temporarily Suspended To Protect Against New International Variants
Emergency border measures introduced to prevent the spread of new variants of coronavirus into the UK.   emergency measures introduced at the border to be in place for at least one month in order to protect the UK against new variants.  
14/1/2021
Coronavirus Update From The First Minister: 14 January 2021Thumbnail for article : Coronavirus Update From The First Minister: 14 January 2021
Statement given by the First Minister Nicola Sturgeon at a media briefing in St Andrew's House, Edinburgh.   Published: 14 Jan 2021 Coronavirus (COVID-19) update: First Minister's statement - Thursday 14 January 2021 Thank you for joining us.  
14/1/2021
Covid-19 Vaccination Plan
Statement to the Scottish Parliament by Health Secretary Jeane Freeman on Wednesday 13 January 2021.   Presiding Officer, The most recent 7 day rate of COVID-19 cases is 262 per 100,000 with a test positivity rate of 10.1%.  
14/1/2021
Coronavirus Covid-19 Daily Data For Scotland - 14 January 2021
1,707 new cases of COVID-19 reported.   25,381 new tests for COVID-19 that reported results - 8.3% of these were positive.  
14/1/2021
Home building stats show sector is bouncing backThumbnail for article : Home building stats show sector is bouncing back
Support for all of those involved in the housing market and construction industry has led to an increase in the number of completed homes.   Stats released today show the number of new homes developers have started building have more than doubled compared to the previous quarter.  
14/1/2021
Schools Funding - More Teachers, Digital Devices And Support For Families
A new package of £45 million will help local authorities to provide support to schools and families as they deal with the challenges of remote learning during lockdown, Education Secretary John Swinney confirmed today.   Councils may use the funding - sufficient to fund 2,000 additional teachers - for purposes including recruitment of additional staff, additional digital devices or to provide additional family support.  
14/1/2021
NHS Test And Trace Reaches One Million People Over New Year, As Record Numbers Test PositiveThumbnail for article : NHS Test And Trace Reaches One Million People Over New Year, As Record Numbers Test Positive
NHS Test and Trace identified almost 390,000 positive cases between 31 December and 6 January ‒ the highest weekly figure to date.   A record one million people were reached by NHS Test and Trace contact tracers during the reporting week.  
14/1/2021
Guidance Published To Support Business Following Deal With European Union
The Office for Product Safety and Standards is publishing guidance to help businesses comply with changed regulations.   Following agreement of a trade deal with the EU, the Office for Product Safety and Standards (OPSS) is helping ensure business understand what is expected of them, including on issues such as the use of the UKCA marking.  
14/1/2021
Ireland and Scotland publish Bilateral Review of future relationshipThumbnail for article : Ireland and Scotland publish Bilateral Review of future relationship
Review recommendations will enhance cooperation and collaborations between Scotland and Ireland.   The Minister for Foreign Affairs, Simon Coveney, and Cabinet Secretary for External Affairs Michael Russell have today published the Ireland-Scotland Joint Bilateral Review Report.  
14/1/2021
Overview of the UK population: January 2021Thumbnail for article : Overview of the UK population: January 2021
Today the Office for National Statistics have released an Overview of the UK population.  This includes information on how the population has changed, why it has changed and how it is projected to change into the future.  
13/1/2021
Coronavirus Covid-19 Update: First Minister's Statement 13 January 2021
Parliamentary statement given by the First Minister Nicola Sturgeon on Wednesday 13 January 2021.   Published: 13 Jan 2021 Coronavirus (COVID-19) update: First Minister's statement 13 January 2021 Presiding Officer, I want to update the chamber on the current position in relation to Covid.  
13/1/2021
All Highland young people & teachers gain vital mental health support in lockdown
In light of the recent announcements for Scotland's schools and the uncertainty of the months ahead, The Highland Council and Tree of Knowledge have agreed a partnership to provide mental health and wellbeing support to all pupils and staff across all 200 schools in Highlands, through remote learning and beyond.   From next week, all primary and secondary schools in Highland will have access to Treehouse; a groundbreaking online learning platform, for use at home or in classrooms, which addresses the challenges of the pandemic and develops positive mental health.  
13/1/2021
Increase To Carrier Bag Charge
The minimum price of a single use carrier bag is set to increase from 5p to 10p.   The Scottish Parliament will be asked to approve the increase from the 1st April 2021.  
13/1/2021
Strengthening Lockdown Restrictions In Scotland
Further measures to help stop the spread of coronavirus (COVID-19) and limit non-essential contact will be introduced this weekend.   Nobody who lives in a Level 4 area should leave or remain outside their home except for essential purposes.  
13/1/2021
Pre-departure Coronavirus Testing Update
From 0400 on Friday 15 January 2021, passengers travelling to Scotland from outside the Common Travel Area must have a valid negative COVID-19 test result, taken no more than three days before the scheduled time of departure.   This will be checked by operators, and passengers with a positive test result or an invalid certificate will be refused boarding.  
13/1/2021
National Records For Scotland - Deaths Involving Covid-19 Week 1: 4 Jan-10 JanThumbnail for article : National Records For Scotland - Deaths Involving Covid-19 Week 1: 4 Jan-10 Jan
As at 10 January, 7,074 deaths have been registered in Scotland where the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) was mentioned on the death certificate, according to statistics published by National Records of Scotland (NRS) today.   In the week 4-10 January, 384 deaths were registered that mentioned COVID-19 on the death certificate, this is an increase of 197 deaths from the previous week.  
13/1/2021
Helping To Warm Homes This Winter
First award through £7 million fuel poverty fund.   A project which helps people struggling to heat their homes has become the first to receive a share of a £7 million fund to tackle fuel poverty this winter.  
13/1/2021
Uk On The Cusp Of A Transport Revolution, As Self-driving Vehicles Set To Be Worth Nearly £42 Billion By 2035Thumbnail for article : Uk On The Cusp Of A Transport Revolution, As Self-driving Vehicles Set To Be Worth Nearly £42 Billion By 2035
Report revealing the full economic value of self-driving vehicles in the UK released.   report predicts connected and automated vehicles (CAV) to be worth £41.7 billion by 2035.  
13/1/2021
CBI Scotland Responds To Announcement Of Further Covid-19 Restrictions On Scottish Business
Tracy Black, CBI Scotland Director, said:"Following the First Minister's announcement, businesses have a clear responsibility to help all employees who can work from home to do so.   "Firms have worked relentlessly to keep their shops, offices and factories Covid secure.