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Coronavirus COVID-19: daily data for Scotland - 8 July 2021
2,802 new cases of COVID-19 reported.   38,333 new tests for COVID-19 that reported results 8.0% of these were positive 4 new reported death(s) of people who have tested positive.  
Applicants To Scottish Universities At Record High
11% rise in individuals applying from most deprived areas.   Scottish universities have seen a record number of prospective students applying to study for the academic year ahead, according to new figures from the Universities and Colleges Admission Service (UCAS).  
Funding For Community Drugs Projects
Grants worth a total of £1.61 million have been allocated to community-based drugs organisations and support services providing access to treatment and residential rehabilitation.   The Local Support Fund - for groups with an annual income of under £1 million – issued 24 awards.  
Coronavirus COVID-1): daily data for Scotland - 7 July 2021
3,799 new cases of COVID-19 reported.   40,842 new tests for COVID-19 that reported results 10.0% of these were positive.  
Blackburn Travel Restrictions Lifted
Latest review removes journey ban.   The last remaining restriction on non-essential travel between Scotland and north west England is to be lifted.  
Mobile Vaccination Timetable Extended
More opportunities to get "Jagged in July".   The vaccination bus run by NHS Lothian and the Scottish Ambulance Service will operate this weekend to reach as many over 18s as possible.  
Sustainable Economic Recovery After The Pandemic And Security: Uk StatementThumbnail for article : Sustainable Economic Recovery After The Pandemic And Security: Uk Statement
Justin Addison from the UK Delegation to the OSCE speaks about the recovery of the tourism industry at the Economic and Environmental Committee meeting.   Tourism is an economic, social and cultural asset.  
Dingwall & Highland Marts Ltd - Sale 6 July 2021
DINGWALL, Dingwall & Highland Marts Ltd., (July, 6th) sold 13 prime cattle.   Prime bullocks (7) averaged 235.7p (-2.0p) and sold to 255.0p per kg and £1,466.25 gross.  
Coronavirus COVID-19: daily data for Scotland - 6 July 2021
2,363 new cases of COVID-19 reported.   25,123 new tests for COVID-19 that reported results 10.2% of these were positive.  
Funding To Restore Nature And Tackle Biodiversity Loss
Projects that restore nature, safeguard wildlife and tackle the causes of biodiversity loss and climate change will get a share of £10 million through a new Scottish Government fund.   The Nature Restoration Fund will support a mix of urban and rural-focused projects, such as improving greenspace for outdoor learning, green active travel routes, planting of wildlife corridors and natural flood management.  
Answers Needed On Uk's Replacement For Eu Funds
Employment Minister Richard Lochhead has expressed concern and frustration at the continuing lack of clarity from the UK Government on how new EU replacement funds will be delivered in Scotland.   In a five page letter to UK Ministers, Mr Lochhead lists two years of unanswered questions covering the structure and management of the funds and how they will respect devolution.  
Coronavirus Covid-19 Daily Data For Scotland 5 July 2021
2,372 new cases of COVID-19 reported.   20,222 new tests for COVID-19 that reported results 12.6% of these were positive.  
Help With School Clothing Costs
Eligible families can apply for a grant of at least £120 to help with the cost of school uniforms.   The Scottish Government and local authority leaders have reached an agreement to increase the national school clothing grant to a minimum of £120 per eligible primary school pupil and £150 per eligible secondary school pupil.  
Finding The Future Of Tourism And Hospitality
A campaign has launched encouraging people to choose a career in Scotland's valued tourism and hospitality industry.   The advertising campaign launched today, Monday 5 July, will promote the range of roles within the industry and help people find a job that suits different skill sets.  
Coronavirus COVID-19: daily data for Scotland - 4 July 2021
2,726 new cases of COVID-19 reported.   25,648 new tests for COVID-19 that reported results 11.4% of these were positive.  
Coronavirus (COVID-19) daily data for Scotland - 3 July 2021
3,108 new cases of COVID-19 reported.   34,567 new tests for COVID-19 that reported results 9.6% of these were positive.  
Uk Government Challenged To Deliver Green Ports In Scotland
Following a meeting yesterday, Friday 2 July, with the Secretary of State for Scotland, Trade Minister Ivan McKee has written to the UK Government seeking their urgent cooperation to deliver green ports in Scotland.   Adapting the UK Government freeport proposals, the aim of Scottish green ports is to offer a package of tax and customs reliefs to operators and their beneficiaries who adopt fair work practices and contribute to Scotland's just energy transition to net zero.  
NHS Covid-19 Funding Increased in Scotland
An additional £380 million is being allocated to Health Boards to help with costs arising from the pandemic.   This comes on top of the £1.7 billion already provided to Health Boards and Health and Social Care Partnerships last year.  
Test And Protect To Prioritise High Risk Cases
Scotland's Test and Protect contact tracing staff are to prioritise phone calls to high risk cases to ensure the system delivers maximum benefit as Coronavirus (COVID-19) case numbers increase.   SMS text messages will now be used more extensively for low risk index cases, with direct telephone calls continuing to be used for the most high risk cases.  
Self-directed support consultation to launch
NHS Highland and the Highland Council are beginning a consultation on Self-directed Support (SDS) to ensure our services meet the requirements of those who need them most.  The consultation sets out a suggested new vision and approach to providing SDS and will take place in a range of ways from 09 July until the end of August this year.