Coronavirus Scotland LIVE: Students ‘not allowed home for Xmas’ as 465 more Scots virus cases – The Sun

JASON Leitch backtracked yesterday as he confirmed students may not be allowed home for Christmas despite Nicola Sturgeon’s claims that rivals were scaremongering.

The national clinical director revealed current restrictions would class university learners living in halls as separate households.

It comes as a further 465 Scots have tested positive for coronavirus, amid an outbreak at the country's universities.

The FIrst Minister 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.

Here's the latest from Scotland's battle against the pandemic.


    SCIENTISTS have warned ministers that the first coronavirus vaccine is unlikely to prevent people catching the disease and may only alleviate sufferers' symptoms.

    Advisers are braced for the first generation of vaccines to be only partially effective – with wide ranging implications for the country's exit strategy from the pandemic.

    The Times reports that experts believe that a vaccine may not enable a complete return to normal life.


    AN entire youth rugby team and their parents are self-isolating after a player tested positive for Covid-19.

    The player in question trained with his Peebles RFC squad in the Scottish Borders on Monday night.

    Club bosses have since confirmed he has contracted the virus and all rugby training and games have been axed.

    George Blair, Peebles RFC Covid-19 safety coordinator, said: “One of Peebles RFC’s youth players has had a positive Covid-19 test returned.”

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    MORE than 120 students at an Edinburgh university have been infected with coronavirus while 1,000 more self-isolate across Scotland.

    A major outbreak of Covid-19 is under investigation at Napier Uni after positive tests were confirmed today.

    Smaller clusters have also been identified at Edinburgh and Queen Margaret Universities, but the numbers remain unknown at this time.

    Napier chiefs have reminded students not to attend parties and to stay in their rooms by themselves to avoid further transmission.

    Professor Alison McCallum, Director of Public Health and Health Policy, NHS Lothian, said: “This is a really important time for all of our students and we need them to stay safe.

    “They must follow national advice and all of the Covid-19 prevention and infection control guidance that has been put in place to protect them.

    “When someone is asked to self-isolate as a case or a contact they must stay in their room on their own to help us prevent the infection from spreading.

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    The UK recording the highest single-day figure of coronavirus cases since the outbreak began has been described as a “stark warning” by a top public health official.

    As of 9am on Thursday, there had been a further 6,634 lab-confirmed cases of Covid-19 across the four nations, taking the overall number of cases confirmed to 416,363.

    Experts have previously warned that describing the daily figure as a record could be “misleading” as it is not clear how many people were actually infected during the height of the first wave due to a lack of community testing at the time.

    Testing capacity has greatly increased since then.

    But Professor Yvonne Doyle, medical director at Public Health England, said the rise in new cases provides a “clear” signal and insisted people must follow the stricter measures announced this week in order to help control the virus.


    SCOTS students have been banned from going to pubs as more than 1,000 self-isolate due to coronavirus outbreaks at universities.

    Students have been warned that those who repeatedly flout Covid guidelines could be thrown out of university under new rules.

    Higher education chiefs met to discuss a range of measures which would be introduced amid concerns over a number of outbreaks since term started.

    Students have now been asked not to attend bars and restaurants at the weekend and are required to download the Protect Scotland tracing app.

    Universities have also now agreed to introduce a “yellow card, red card” system to breaches of student discipline that put students and others at risk, which could result in an end to studies.

    Nicola Sturgeon has urged students to abide by new measures introduced by universities.

    The First Minister tweeted: “To all students – I'm so sorry COVID is making this special time of your lives so tough.

    “But it won't be forever and the more we get the virus back under control now, the sooner you'll get a bit of normality back. So, please do what's being asked of you.”

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    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.

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    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.



    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'.



    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.


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