Amazon worker contracts Covid-19

  • An Amazon warehouse worker in Fife has contracted Covid-19. The unnamed individual has been placed in quarantine. The company said it was now deep cleaning the warehouse in Dunfermline. (The Herald)

Physicist calls for urgent government research into ionisers

Scottish physicist and engineer Pete Gavin has said urgent government research is needed to see if ionisers could help alleviate the Pandemic by cleansing the air. Negative ions are released into the air which then latch on to positive ions, including viruses. Gavin said study’s have shown ionisers to have 97 per cent efficacy and that if the cleanser works a hospital ward “can be kitted out within two weeks for less than the price of a coffin”. (The National)

GP practices asked to stay open Good Friday and Easter Monday

GP practices are being asked to stay open on Good Friday and Easter Monday if it is “safe to do so”, in an attempt to alleviate pressure on out-of-hour services. The Scottish Government is providing an additional £15 million in support to help ease the pressure on GP services. (Holyrood)

ASN specialist teachers falls by 10% in 8 years

The number of specialist teachers supporting children with Additional Support Needs (ASN) in Scottish schools has fallen by 10 per cent since 2012, new figures have revealed. The Scottish Children’s Services Coalition highlighted new data showing there are 376 fewer ASN specialist teachers than eight years ago, and said this could damage their educational experience. (The Herald)

First two cases of Covid-19 on Western Isles

The first two cases of The Coronavirus have been identified on the Western Isles. Two people on the Isle of Lewis have tested positive for Covid-19. Gordon Jamieson, chief executive of the NHS on the Western Isles, said the news was a disappointment but they are well prepared to deal with more cases. (The Scotsman)

Attack on FoI rights unjustified

The Scottish Information Commissioner has warned that The Coronavirus Bill, to be debated in parliament today, could damage Scotland’s international reputation for openness by weakening Freedom of Information (FoI) rights. Public agencies could delay responding to FoI requests by five-fold, meaning requests could be left hanging for as long as ten months. The Scottish Information Commissioner’s head of public policy, Erin Gray, said their research had found no other national jurisdiction had taken such action to weaken FoI. (The Ferret)

NHS staff testing being rationed

A NHS Scotland circular on staff testing has told health boards to ration tests by drawing up first priority lists. The recommendation is to prioritise staff who are self-isolating because someone in their house is unwell, as this offers “the greatest reduction in working days lost”. Only after then will NHS staff at work who feel unwell be tested. Figures show about 700 NHS staff are currently being screened a day. (The Times)

100 jobs at risk in Kilmarnock

100 jobs are at risk in East Ayrshire, as a train refurbishment company plans to “consolidate” it’s business in Doncaster, South Yorkshire. Wabtec said it was planning to axe the Kilmarnock site after a reduction in orders. The trade union, Unite, said it was “dismayed” by the move and called on the Scottish Government to intervene. (The National)

Work continues on Burrell Collection redevelopment

Work has been continuing on the redevelopment of the Burrell Collection in Glasgow, despite Nicola Sturgeon saying she expected all construction sites to shutdown during the crisis. Glasgow City Council did not answer questions about why the £66 million redevelopment was continuing yesterday. Unite the union Scottish Secretary Pat Rafferty said it was “outrageous” that work at the Burrell was ongoing. (The National)

GP: Death rate likely to be significantly higher

One GP has said that the death rate from Covid-19 in Scotlandis likely to be significantly higher than the official record, due to the lack of widespread testing. The anonymous GP said that official figures are confirmed cases of The Coronavirus, but there was many cases, especially in care homes, where people passed away after developing symptoms, but were never tested. The GP had marked these down as “presumed Covid-19” on the death certificate. (Daily Record)