Coronavirus: Confirmed number of cases in Scotland rises to 11

 

The number of confirmed coronavirus cases in Scotland has risen to 11, including the first confirmed case in the Lothian area, the Scottish Government have said.

New areas of infection also include Tayside, Ayrshire and Arran, according to the figures published on Friday at 2pm.

There are now 163 confirmed cases across the UK, while a second person has reportedly died from coronavirus in England.

The man, who was in his 80s, passed away while being treated at Milton Keynes Hospital in Buckinghamshire.

The number of confirmed cases across the world has also passed 100,000.

In Edinburgh, shops and pharmacies have seen shortages of face masks and hand sanitiser as public fears over the outbreak grow.

Janette Currie, who works at the Bruntsfield pharmacy Paton & Finlay, said there has been no indication of when their next delivery will arrive due to supplier shortages.

“I’ve had hundreds of people in since the beginning of the week looking for hand sanitisers. We’ve sold thousands of face masks, and now we can’t get them from the suppliers,” Currie told EN4 News.

“People are panicking; anything that they think is going to do the job, they’re using it.”

Earlier this week, the Scottish Government said a “reasonable worst-case scenario” could see 50 to 80% of the Scottish population contract coronavirus.

However, Helen McCardle, health correspondent for The Herald, has told EN4 News that the figure “doesn’t really add up” and has suggested the Scottish Government has been “disingenuous” with its statement.

She said: “What I thought was unusual about that is that when you go away and you look at the latest figures from the World Health Organisation, and you look at China and Hubei province, which of course is the epicentre of it, and you calculate the number of cases they’ve had so far against the population, you end up with a rate of 0.1%.

“I spoke to a couple of experts, one of them being Hugh Pennington [emeritus professor of bacteriology at Aberdeen University], and another expert in data science from Edinburgh University, and the view of both of them is that what the Scottish Government was presenting wasn’t really realistic because it was based on the idea of there being no containment policies put in place.

“If we get to the stage where we get hundreds of cases in Scotland, at that point of course there are going to be containment measures put in place. We’re going to consider closing schools, maybe changes to public transport, people working from home.

“So that’s why the 50-80% figure doesn’t really add up. The other side to that which the Scottish Government are being a bit disingenuous about is they present that 50-80% figure and say we’re well-equipped and well-resourced in the NHS to cope with that, which we wouldn’t be.”

Cases of coronavirus have passed 3,000 in Italy, with schools and universities closed for the next 10 days.

Daniele, a resident of San Donà di Piave in the north of Italy, spoke to EN4 News about the government measures.

“In Italy, some people are panicking and are very worried about the situation,” she said. “They are staying inside their homes and are avoiding all social contact. While there are other people who think there isn’t anything to worry about it and everything has been too exaggerated.

“We have had a shut-down of schools and public places. I work in a cinema, and it will be at least a month until we are able to open again. The Government have told us to always wash our hands and avoid being too close to people. There is a one-meter distance we are supposed to keep, at all costs.”

Coronavirus: Latest updates, news and reports

 16:00

Final updates for today from EN4 News

  • Public Health England have criticised Englands decision to exclude Mako Vunipola from Saturday’s game against Wales. PHE said in a statement: “Earlier this week the RFU asked a player, having returned from travel overseas, to not attend the camp to avoid the risk of spread, which was not necessary as he was not displaying any symptoms. The RFU accept this and this clarification.”
  • Euro BMX rounds in Verona, Italy are postponed due to the COVID-19 virus. The European Cycling Union (UEC) announced on Thursday: “The UEC Management Board, the UEC BMX Commission, the Italian Cycling Federation (FCI) and the organiser are already actively looking for another date in the UCI calendar so that the event meets the scheduled deadlines for awarding points to qualify for the 2020 Tokyo Olympic Games.”
  • Ultra Music Festival 2020 has announced It will be postponed until 2021. Miami  Mayor  Francis Suarez announced the news and  said: “We’re emphasising to the public that this decision is not a cause for alarm or panic, but rather that we are doing it with an abundance of caution.”

15:30

Studio update 

Owen Garner is joined by Lewis Robertson in the EN4 studio to discuss the latest coronavirus updates and figures.

  • The Department for Health and Social Care has announced that the COVID-19 cases in the South West of England has reached 22
  • Reports that the UK now has 163 confirmed cases of the COVID-19 virus.
  • WHO Director General, Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus has warned that some countries have: “either not taken this seriously enough, or have decided there is nothing they can do. We are concerned in some countries the level of political commitment and the actions that demonstrate that commitment do not match the level of the threat we all face. This is not a drill, this is not a time to give up, the sis not a time for excuses, this is a time for pulling out all the stops.”
  • President Trump has signed an emergency bill that has made $8.3 billion available for the US government to combat the COVID-19 virus. President Trump said: “We’ve signed the 8.3 billion. I asked for 2 1/2, and I got 8.3. And I’ll take it.”

15:00

Full story on EN4 News

EN4 News reporter Jamie Braidwood has the latest from the Scottish figures released at 2pm: “Earlier this week, the Scottish Government said a ‘reasonable worst-case scenario’ could see 50 to 80% of the Scottish population contract coronavirus.”

Coronavirus: Confirmed number of cases in Scotland rises to 11


 

14:30

Local and international updates  

  • EN4 News reporter Ruaraidh Gilmour provides a step-by-step guide on how to correctly wash your hands to minimise the contamination risk of the virus.
  • The Indian Army is to expand quarantine facilities to cater for 1,500 people.

14:00

SCOTTISH FIGURES RELEASED

  • The latest Scottish figures have been released and 11 people have now contracted the COVID-19 Virus, an increase of five people. Areas of infection are; Tayside, Ayrshire & Arran, Forth Valley Greater Glasgow and Clyde, Grampian, Fife and Lothian.
  • A second man has reportadly  died due to the coronavirus, a man in his 80’s has passed away while being treated at Milton Keynes Hospital, Buckinghamshire

13:30

PAPER REVIEW- Owen Garner with what the papers are saying on the outbreak 

 

  • Prevention efforts to contain the COVID-19 virus are being made more difficult as Secretary of State for the United States Mike Pompeo has said that China had not been forthcoming initially on the COVID-19 virus.
  • Fraudsters are taking advantage of the COVID-19 outbreak, according to the National Fraud Intelligence Bureau (NFIB). 21 cases have been identified where coronavirus has been mentioned in with a loss of over £800,000 in the UK.Advice issued by the Scottish Business Resilience Centre is: “Watch out for scam messages Don’t click on the links or attachments in suspicious emails, and never respond to unsolicited messages and calls that ask for your personal or financial details.”

 13:00

Airlines have been burning thousands of gallons of fuel on ghost flights to keep flight slots amidst Coronavirus panic 

  • EU rules dictate that at least 80% of flights run by companies must be active  otherwise they risk losing out to competitors. This has led to companies running ghost flights to ensure they don’t suffer the consequences. Grant Shapps, the UK Transport Secretary, has said: ” I am particularly concerned that, in order to satisfy the 80/20 rule, airlines may be forced to fly aircraft at very low load factors, or even empty, in order to retain their slots.”
  • President Trump has come under fire as he has now cancelled his trip to Centers for Disease Control and Prevention in Atlanta even as the coronavirus outbreak escalates


 

12:00

Confirmed cases in Iran continue to rise

  • Iran has recorded an increase in confirmed coronavirus cases. The country recorded 1,234 new cases in the past 24 hours, bringing its total to 4,747.
  • Cameroon has confirmed its first case of the coronavirus, the country’s health ministry has said. It brings the number of confirmed cases in Africa to 29.
  • In California, around 3,500 people are being held on a cruise liner while tests for coronavirus are carried out on passengers. At least four passengers have been infected and one passenger has died on the ship, the Grand Princess. Military helicopters delivered test kits to the ship, which is docked off the coast of San Francisco.

11:30

In Italy, cases of coronavirus are above 3,000, with schools and universities closed for the next 10 days.

Daniele, a resident of San Donà di Piave in the north of Italy, spoke to EN4 News about the government measures.

“In Italy some people are panicking and are very worried about the situation. They are staying inside their homes and are avoiding all social contact. While there are other people who think there isn’t anything to worry about it and everything has been too exaggerated.

“We have a had a shut-down of schools and public places. I work in a cinema and it will be at least a month until we are able to open again. The Government have told us to always wash our hands and avoid being too close to people. There is a one-meter distance we are supposed to keep, at all costs.”

 

  • The total cases of COVID-19 has reached 100,000, according to BNO News.

  • England Netball have announced there are no plans to cancel upcoming fixtures. The team said in a statement: “We are aware that the coronavirus outbreak is a very fluid and rapidly changing situation. We are in regular contact with the relevant authorities and venues, franchises and all key partners and stakeholders to monitor the situation.”
  • Starbucks have temporarily banned reusable cups in an attempt to combat the coronavirus outbreak. Customers will still receive a 25p discount for bringing reusable cups with them, however, drinks will be served in disposable cups. It is understood Starbucks made the decision internally, rather than on the advice of health officials.

 


11:00

Herald health correspondent labels Scottish government “disingenuous” over Monday statement 

The Scottish Government said on Monday that a “reasonable worst case scenario” could see 50 to 80% of the population contract coronavirus.

However, Helen McCardle, health correspondent for The Herald, has told EN4 News that the figure “doesn’t really add up” and has suggested the Scottish Government has been “disingenuous” with its statement.

She told EN4 News’ Iain Leggat: “What I thought was unusual about that is that when you go away and you look at the latest figures from the World Health Organisation and you look at China, and Hubei province, which of course is the epicentre of it, and you calculate the number of cases they’ve had so far against the population and you end up with a rate of 0.1%.

“I spoke to a couple of experts, one of them being Hugh Pennington [emeritus professor of bacteriology at Aberdeen University], and another expert in data science from Edinburgh University, and the view of both of them is that what the Scottish Government was presenting wasn’t really realistic because it was based on the idea of there being no containment policies put in place.

“Of course if we get to the stage where we get hundreds of cases in Scotland, at that point of course there are going to be containment measures put in place. We’re going to consider closing schools, maybe changes to public transport, people working from home.

“So that’s why the 50-80% figure doesn’t really add up. The other side to that is that the Scottish Government are being a bit disingenuous about is they present that 50-80% figure and say we’re well equipped and well resourced in the NHS to cope with that, which we wouldn’t be.”

Listen to the interview in full below

  • #CoronaVirusChallenge is currently trending on the social media platform with thousands of people sharing humorous pictures and videos of issues relating to the COVID-19 outbreak. The posts include everything from bottles of corona with anti-virus masks on to people ‘feet-shaking’ as opposed to shaking hands.

 

 


10:30

INTERNATIONAL AND LOCAL REPORTS

  • The COVID-19 virus is nearing a total of 100,000 cases with the number of confirmed cases across the world standing at 98,782.
  • (Credit: EN4 News)

 

  • BRUNTSFIELD  Pharmacists Janette Currie and Yas Yousaf comment on the panic buying of sanitiser and bacterial deterrent items that have rendered their store empty. Ms Currie has said: ” People are panicking. Anything that they think is going to do the job, they are using it.” Mr Yousaf commented on the current situation saying:  “It’s been a challenging and demanding time for us to try and get the face masks in and explain that it’s really a case of observing good hygiene.”

10:00

The Vatican announces first coronavirus case

  • The Vatican has announced its first case of COVID-19 today just after 9:30am. The announcement comes shortly after Pope Francis tested negative for the virus earlier this week on Tuesday.
  • Bollywood awards ceremony has been called off due to COVID-19 fears. A second leading media industry event, The Frames conference is set to go ahead, but without Italian participation due to the spread of the virus. “We would like to inform you that Italy is not participating at FICCI Frames 2020 due to recent outbreak of Novel Coronavirus disease in Italy,” FICCI said in a statement.
  • Scotland is still in the containment phase, according to Chief Medical officer Dr Catherine Calderwood: “Where we are on the dial at the moment the switch is still in containment, very much in containment, and gradually that dial will move around to the delay phase.”
  • Updated Scotland Coronavirus figures to be revealed at 14:00 today, EN4 News will be covering the updated results by the Scottish Government in the studio.

  • 9:30 

    Edinburgh music festival cancelled 

    • The Edinburgh Harp Festival has been cancelled amid fears of the COVID-19 virus. The festival has also announced that ticket holders will be contacted in regard to purchases. A spokesman for the festival has said: ” We regret having to Ann

    • England prop Mako Vunipola has been reported by Sky’s Thomas Moore to be in the all clear for coronavirus, and did not need to leave the training camp ahead of the Wales game as Public Health England  tells England Rugby he has no symptoms.

     


    9:00 

    What’s the latest?

    To recap Thursday’s key developments:

          • A women in her 70s became the first person to die from coronavirus in the UK
          • First Minister Nicola Sturgeon said there are six confirmed cases of coronavirus in Scotland and expects numbers to rise “possibly very rapidly” in the coming days
          • Confirmed cases in Italy rose to over 3,000 as schools closed for a period of 10 days
          • Iran has closed its schools and universities until March 20
          • England’s Six Nations matches against Italy – scheduled to take place in Rome next weekend – have been postponed.
          • Britons have been urged by the  UK government to self isolate if they have been to any part of Italy in the past fortnight.

    08:00 

    Good morning

    Throughout the day EN4 News will be providing live updates, news and reports on the coronavirus outbreak.

Loganair steps in to take over four routes from Edinburgh Airport previously run by Flybe

Scottish airline Loganair has taken over four routes from Edinburgh Airport that were previously operated by the defunct company Flybe.

The routes to Manchester, Exeter, Cardiff and Newquay will commence from Monday March 16, the company announced.

Flybe went into administration on Thursday after hopes to boost the airline through fresh financial support collapsed.

Loganair will also be creating 100 new jobs across its four Scottish bases – Edinburgh, Glasgow, Aberdeen and Dundee – and the company has said it will be prioritising applications from former Flybe staff for all of the roles.

Loganair’s chief executive Jonathan Hinkles said: “By stepping in quickly with a comprehensive plan, Loganair is aiming to maintain essential air connectivity within the UK regions to keep customers flying, and to offer new employment to former Flybe staff members who are facing an uncertain future.”

The Flybe desk at Edinburgh Airport has closed (Credit: EN4 News)

As well as the Edinburgh routes, Loganair have taken over an additional 12 routes from Glasgow, Aberdeen and Dundee, and will be running an additional 400 flights a week.

In a statement sent to EN4 News, Scottish secretary for transport Michael Matheson, said: “It is very disappointing that Flybe has gone out of business. The carrier was an essential part of our domestic transport network, connecting cities for business and tourism around the UK, as well as providing employment at the main airports in Scotland.

“My officials have spoken with AGS Airports, Edinburgh Airport and Highlands & Islands Airports this morning to discuss how we can best ensure connectivity is maintained. We have also spoken with Loganair, who are preparing to take up a number of Flybe’s former routes to help maintain connectivity.”

Forth Bridge Experience: South Queensferry residents express safety concerns over parking plans

The Forth Bridge Experience will allow visitors to access a platform 110m above sea level – but South Queensferry residents have raised concerns (Photo courtesy of Network Rail)

 

Traffic congestion caused by a new tourist attraction on the Forth Bridge could lead to safety concerns in South Queensferry, local residents have said.

The Forth Bridge Experience was approved by Edinburgh Council earlier this week, but updated plans for the project came with a provision to reduce the number of parking spaces by half.

The community group Forth Bridge Experience Concerns says that the measure will contribute to more traffic congestion in the town as visitors to the attraction could be forced to park in narrow side streets if the reduced lot is full.

“We were just really disappointed,” campaigner Jeana Gorman told EN4 News. “We were there at the meeting and it sounded like they had real concerns about the car parking. South Queensferry has severe problems with parking, so we were concerned about that to start with.

“The condition they came back with was a new plan for the parking, basically halving the number of car spaces, so that’s just going to spill onto sides streets.

Gorman also claimed that despite Edinburgh Council encouraging people to use more environmentally means of travel, such as by bike, train or walking, it isn’t always possible for them to do so.

“People will chance it and bring their cars and there won’t be spaces, so they’ll park on side streets which will cause all sorts of safety concerns. If ambulances or something are trying to get through and the streets are busy, then they are not going to get through.”

The Forth Bridge Experience will see a bridge walk installed on the 130-year structure. Visitors will be able to access a platform over 100 meters above sea level. Plans will also see a visitor centre built on the South Queensferry side.

Edinburgh Council approved the plans at a planning committee meeting on Wednesday and were backed by planning convener Neil Gardner.

He said to EN4 News: “The committee added a number of conditions to the planning permission to ensure that road safety is protected and improved.”

“We are keen to encourage use of public transport, walking and cycling, whilst promoting visitor spend in Queensferry. The proposal includes welcome investment in public paths to the railway station and connections to the High Street through the rebuilding of Jacob’s Ladder and other improvements which will be useful for local residents and visitors alike.”

Conservative councillor Joanna Mowat was among those on the committee to vote against the plans.

“I regret that the Committee voted to reduce the parking numbers – reducing 30 parking spaces won’t save the planet but will increase the parking problems and have a negative impact on the lives of the residents,” Mowat told EN4 News.

“Councillors will all be familiar with the problems caused to residents and businesses from unrestricted parking and it is a nonsense to add to that problem when the negative impacts of a great new attraction could have been mitigated.”

Decision delayed on council funding for Corstorphine Community Centre

A decision of whether Edinburgh Council should fund the rebuilding of Corstorphine Community Centre has been delayed until after the UK budget next week.

The centre’s future has been stuck in limbo since the original building was left devastated by a fire in 2013.

Last year the hub had been assured £750,000 of funding for a new building would be made available, however a report released in December highlighted a £13.6 million shortfall in funds for repairing community centres across the city, causing plans to collapse. But further money could become available following the UK budget, which will be confirmed on Wednesday, March 11.

However, Conservative and Liberal Democrat councillors have urged that the £750,000 should be met from unallocated council cash reserves.

Jeremy Balfour, Tory MSP and former councillor for Corstorphine, told EN4 News that he was “very disappointed” with how the community has been treated following the latest delay.

“It has been an issue that’s gone on for a number of years since the building burned down,” Balfour said.

“The council gave guarantees they would help on this and money would be put aside… and now they’re no longer going to help and rebuild it.

“It is the only facility that the community can use. The community have been fundraising really hard and they’ve been let down at this very late stage.”

The decision as to whether funding should go to the community centre has been postponed until after next week’s UK budget, but Corstorphine locals are hopeful the money will be secured.

Tommy McLean, funding co-ordinator for the Community Centre told EN4 News: “We are appreciative of the council as they are trying to find the money, and hopefully after we look at the award from the government that they will be able to allocate funding. We think is a good deal for the community.”

Video: More Coronavirus cases and the Prime Minister of the UAE – EN4 News’ Owen Garner with today’s headlines

Owen Garner brings us today’s headline stories from some of the country’s major newspapers, as the first death from Coronavirus in the UK is confirmed, and the Prime Minister of the United Arab Emirates, Mohamed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, is facing widespread backlash following reports that he ordered the kidnapping of his own daughters.

 

Elizabeth Warren drops out of the race for U.S. presidency – EN4 News

Owen Garner gives us the rundown on one of the biggest international stories, involving the US Presidential race. Democratic candidate Elizabeth Warren announced yesterday that she would be ending her campaign for the White House amid disappointing ‘Super Tuesday’ results, and Warren’s failure to win any states in the first primary contests of 2020. Reporter Christopher Lamb joins Owen in the studio to divulge on what exactly we can expect from the primaries now.

 

Coronavirus: British man on Japanese cruise ship dies as three more cases are confirmed in the UK

 

Three more cases of coronavirus have been confirmed in the UK today, taking the total number of confirmed cases in the country to 19.

A British man, who was quarantined aboard the Diamond Princess cruise ship in Japan, has also died, according to Japan’s health minstery. He is the first Briton to die of the disease.

No cases of coronavirus have been confirmed in Scotland but Scottish health secretary Jeane Freeman has said that the country should “expect cases” of the disease.

However, Penny Taylor, a freelance health correspondent and health and social care specialist said NHS Scotland have made contingency plans which should prove to be effective.

“I think the NHS in Scotland is going to be as prepared as it possibly can be given there is so much we don’t know about coronavirus,” Taylor told EN4 News.

“But I think they are very good at contingency planning, trying to anticipate things like epidemics and putting in place things to make sure that they can care for people if it hits.”

Taylor added that panic over coronavirus fears in Scotland isn’t helpful.

“I think that the best advice people are being given is wash your hands extremely well,” she said.

“Look up how to do it properly because few of us actually know that. If you are feeling at all unwell please don’t go into public areas, don’t risk spreading it, stay at home call the telephone numbers and follow the advice of the experts.

“We do not know how serious this might be, or whether this will fizzle out and disappear and hopefully if the control mechanisms are put in place work then it will not escalate and be the pandemic that everybody fears.”

Penny Taylor explains to EN4 News her advice for the Scottish public amid fears of coronavirus

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Coronavirus in numbers

As cases of coronavirus spread around the world, EN4 News looks at the latest figures surrounding the disease. 

 

New University of Edinburgh research recommends under-25s should not be sent to jail because their brains are too immature

 

People under the age of 25 should not be imprisoned because their brains are too immature, the leading author on new research has told EN4 News.

Professor Matthias Schwannauer, who is a professor of clinical psychology at the University of Edinburgh, said in his report, published today, that a custodial sentence heightens the risk for brain damage and makes adolescents less likely to rehabilitate than adults are.

The Scottish Sentencing Council (SSC) has announced a 12-week public consultation into whether under-25s should be imprisoned.

The consultation comes after research conducted by the University of Edinburgh on behalf of the SSC found that there were severe cognitive complications for incarcerating people under the age of 25.

The report found that the adult brain reaches maturity between 25-30 years old, which means it is not able to handle the stressful environment of prison.

“It’s really important for the courts to understand the developmental needs of young people… we need supportive programmes that are community-based,” Schwannauer told EN4 News.

“Putting people in prisons where there is a spike of drug use and self-harm is basically just putting further risk on the individual and their communities.

“I really hope Scotland can path the way to an alternative way in order to reduce future risk and societal cost.”

Support for this review and consultation has been backed by The Centre for Youth and Criminal Justice (CYCJ).

Spokeswoman Charlotte Morris said today that a CYCJ report found that 37% of youngsters are tried in adult court and don’t understand the process.

But Conservative MSP Murdo Fraser argued that there is a lot more work needed before alternatives to prison are considered.

He told EN4 News: “It’s difficult to see how reducing the number of people going to prison for committing serious offences is going to help protect the public or provide an effective deterrent from people in this age group committing very serious crime.”

“I think a lot more work needs to be done before we use community disposals as an alternative to prison for people in this age group,” Fraser concluded.

The SSC said in a statement: “The council’s hope and expectation is that it will bring long-term social and economic benefits,” an SSC statement read, “and by promoting reduced reoffending through greater emphasis on rehabilitation and increased use of the children’s hearings system.”

Stephen Robinson trial: Partner of Motherwell boss says she is ‘not a victim’

The partner of Motherwell manager Stephen Robinson has told court that she is “not a victim” after he was accused of assaulting her.

Robinson, 45, is on trial at Edinburgh Sherriff Court after being accused of assaulting Robyn Lauchlin on December 13 last year.

The pair were returning from a day spent in the capital before Robinson was accused of grabbing, pulling and shoving Lauchlin before pinning her against a fence.

Lauchlin said that she has sent six different emails, detailing her account of what happened during the alleged assault.

In response to her efforts, during which she was not allowed contact with Robinson, she received a response from victim support.

“I am not a victim; I find it insulting,” she said. “I find it very difficult why my voice isn’t being heard.

“I have never been more disappointed in the law. There has been no thought for the innocent in this.

“I’ve begged for a response. It is extremely concerning I have not been asked for the facts.”

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Robinson has also been accused of behaving in an aggressive manner by shouting, swearing and acting aggressively.

The fourth witness David McIlduff, 25, said: “I heard a good deal of shouting. He seemed to have her pinned against the wall. His hands were around her.”

“I’m sure I heard her shout ‘get away from me’ towards him. The gentleman was raging.

“It was aggressive enough that the woman tried to move away. The gentleman used enough force to keep her against the fence.”

The trial before Sheriff John Cook will resume next week.

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