Coronavirus Scotland LIVE: Cops break up ‘student parties’ at uni halls as 714 more cases overnight – The Sun

COPS broke up a number of "student parties" at Glasgow University amid a spike in coronavirus cases.

Officers were called to the Murano Street village at around 12.30am yesterday morning after receiving reports of ongoing" parties in the university accommodation.

It comes as almost 1,600 school workers are absent due to Covid-19 as infections rocket across the country.

As concerns mount about a second wave of the pandemic, we can reveal staff including teachers, jannies and dinner ladies are bearing the brunt of the latest outbreaks.

A total of 27,232 Scots have contracted the infection since it first emerged north of the border.

The new cases recorded overnight represented 11.5 per cent of all newly tested individuals.

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

  • QUEEN TO HONOUR COVID HEROES

    The Queen will honor the pandemic’s heroes with special gongs in her delayed birthday honours list next week.

    Hundreds of doctors, nurses, care workers, volunteers and fundraisers will be recognised for their crucial role in the Covid crisis.

    The honours list was due out in June but was postponed to allow nominations for people who made outstanding contributions in tackling the virus.

    But it will now be published on October 10 with a major focus on those who battled the virus, including many dedicated NHS staff.

  • LET UNIVERSITY STUDENTS GO HOME FOR CHRISTMAS, LABOUR URGES GOVERNMENT

    University students must be allowed to return home to their families at Christmas, Labour has said, amid fears that coronavirus outbreaks could keep young people in halls when term ends.

    Thousands of students are currently confined to their rooms following a surge in cases at institutions including Glasgow, Manchester Metropolitan and Edinburgh Napier.

    Health Secretary Matt Hancock last week declined to rule out asking students to stay on campus over Christmas, after Government scientific adviser Sir Mark Walport said the measure may be needed to stop the virus spreading to older relatives.

    Shadow education secretary Kate Green has written to her opposite number Gavin Williamson, urging him to “promise” students that such restrictions will not be imposed.

    She said it would be “deeply unfair to see students forced to remain in their student accommodation” and asked Mr Williamson to “work with universities to ensure every student has access to testing to allow a safe journey home” for Christmas.

  • PM DITCHED SECOND LOCKDOWN TO SAVE SUNAK

    The Prime Minister ditched plans for a second national lockdown over fears the Chancellor would quit.

    Rishi Sunak had warned that the economic carnage it caused would make his job near impossible.

    After a crucial summit Mr Sunak sought a one-to-one meeting with the PM and make it clear he “wouldn’t wear it”.

    A senior MP said: “There were fears he would find it difficult to carry on if he was ignored.

    “It was all down to the Chancellor that we avoided delivering a hammer blow to the economy and took a more balanced approach instead. Rishi saved the day.”

    Read more: https://www.thescottishsun.co.uk/news/6091795/national-lockdown-boris-johnson-rishi-sunak/

  • ALMOST 1,600 SCHOOL WORKERS ABSENT DUE TO COVID-19 AMID SURGE IN INFECTIONS

    NEARLY 1,600 school workers are absent due to Covid-19 as virus infections rocket across the country — with more than 700 people testing positive in one day.

    As concerns mount about a second wave of the pandemic, we can reveal staff including teachers, jannies and dinner ladies are bearing the brunt of the latest outbreaks.

    Scottish Government figures show Edinburgh is the worst affected area, with 358 staff ordered into isolation, while almost 200 teachers are down with symptoms across the country.

    Education chiefs confirmed 5,554 absences have been recorded since the start of the month.

    It comes as daily cases tripled in less than a week, with 714 people testing positive for the virus in 24 hours — a new single-day record.

    Read more: https://www.thescottishsun.co.uk/news/6091437/coronavirus-scotland-school-staff-absent-covid/

  • COPS BREAK UP 'STUDENT PARTIES' AT GLASGOW UNIVERSITY AMID COVID SPIKE

    COPS broke up a number of “student parties” at Glasgow University amid a spike in coronavirus cases.

    Officers were called to the Murano Street village at around 12.30am this morning after receiving reports of ongoing” parties in the university accommodation.

    Six-hundred students at the University of Glasgow are in self-isolation after more than 100 positive Covid cases.

    But, according to The Herald, cops attended the student accommodation before students dispersed.

    No enforcement action was required.

    Read more: https://www.thescottishsun.co.uk/news/6091255/coronavirus-scotland-police-student-parties/

  • DAD REFUSING TO SEND GIRL TO SCHOOL OVER COVID FEARS 'TOLD HE FACE PRISON'

    A PROTECTIVE dad who is refusing to send his daughter to school over coronavirus fears could face a prison sentence or £10,000 fine.

    When students across the country returned back to school in September, Michael Huston kept his daughter home to protect her against potential outbreaks of the virus.

    But on Monday he admitted that he “caved into the pressure” and sent her back to Samuel Barlow Primary Academy in Mansfield, only to go back to homeschooling her on Tuesday.

    He decided to bring her back home again after hearing claims there was “no social distancing” at the primary school.

    Read more: https://www.thescottishsun.co.uk/news/6091036/dad-refusing-daughter-school-coronavirus-fears/

  • SCOTLAND AND NORTHERN IRELAND'S BIGGEST RISE IN COVID CASES AS UK SEES ANOTHER 6K

    SCOTLAND and Northern Ireland have recorded its highest daily increase of coronavirus infections today – as the UK records 6,042 new cases.

    The the total number of Covid-19 cases has now risen to 429,277.

    Cases across the UK are continuing to soar as Scotland recorded 714 new infections today – its highest day yet.

    Northern Ireland also recorded its highest daily total for new coronavirus cases after 319 new infections were reported.

    In Wales, the number of confirmed Covid-19 cases increased by 370 – a jump from the previous day's 320 new cases.

    Read more: https://www.thescottishsun.co.uk/news/6090689/uk-coronavirus-cases-rise-saturday-scotland-northern-ireland/

  • POLICE CLASH WITH ANTI-LOCKDOWN PROTESTERS IN CENTRAL LONDON

    Police have clashed with anti-lockdown protesters at a demonstration in central London as officers tried to shut the event down.

    Thousands of people massed in Trafalgar Square on Saturday carrying a variety of signs, flags and placards to take part in a “we do not consent” rally, none appearing to wear face coverings or to social distance.

    But the Metropolitan Police said on Twitter that it was asking the crowds to disperse because they were not complying with social distancing rules.

    Officers penned the crowd in Trafalgar Square and water was thrown at them by demonstrators while crowds also chanted “pick your side” at the officers.

    Bottles were thrown and police used batons against protesters, leaving some with visible injuries.

    Read more: https://www.thescottishsun.co.uk/news/6090312/anti-lockdown-protesters-london/

  • CHILDREN AT ANTI-LOCKDOWN PROTEST

    Some parents brought their children to an anti-lockdown protest in central London.

    Demonstrators, who were not wearing a face mask or social distancing, were seen shouting: “we will win.”

  • RATS COULD BE TRAINED TO DETECT CORONAVIRUS

    Bomb-sniffing “hero” rats could be trained to weed out cases of coronavirus, researchers have said.

    The innovative idea comes after an African giant pouched rat called Magawa was given a George Cross meddle for helping detect 39 landmines and 28 unexploded munitions this year with its super-sensitive smelling skills.

    Scienctists from Belgian-registered, Tanzania-based charity Apopo have said they could give the rodents – known as HeroRats – special training to sniff the chemical compounds present in coronavirus.

  • Covid cases soar by 714 overnight in biggest spike ever for second day in a row

    The Scottish Government released their latest daily figures as Covid continues to grip the nation.

    A total of 27,232 Scots have contracted the infection since it first emerged north of the border.

    The new cases recorded overnight represented 11.5 per cent of all newly tested individuals.

    Overall, 290 positive tests came from Glasgow, with 113 in Lothian, and 91 in Lanarkshire.

    Read more: https://www.thescottishsun.co.uk/news/6090049/coronavirus-scotland-covid-cases-spike/

  • Cops break up 'numerous' parties at Edinburgh Uni halls as curfew kicks in

    It's reported that officers were scrambled to Pollock Halls of Residence in the capital last night.

    The BBC reports that cops had been called after “informants” raised concerns the parties were breaching regulations.

    Read more: https://www.thescottishsun.co.uk/news/scottish-news/6090121/edinburgh-uni-coronavirus-party-police/

  • POLICE BREAK UP OUTDOOR ORCHESTRAL PERFORMANCE

    Merseyside Police broke up an outdoor orchestral performance after 150 concert-goers gathered in “close proximity”.

    The orchestra was performing songs by US rapper Dr Dre and the organisers had said the event would be operating under “strict Covid government guidelines”.

    It took place at the 19th century-built Isla Gladstone Conservatory in Liverpool’s Stanley Park.

    Organisers No Strings Attached were fined £10,000 for the Covid-19 breach.

  • TOP SCIENTISTS CONSIDERED PLAN FOR EVERYONE OVER 45 TO SHIELD

    Scientists had reportedly asked the government to consider having everyone over the age of 45 shield under new coronavirus plans.

    Papers from SAGE have suggested that those over 45 were at greater risk from the killer bug and said could be “segmented” from the rest of the population.

    However, the idea was eventually advised against as it was considered unlikely to be successful – but it is still being kept under review.

    It follows a similar plan to potentially target over-50s with another lockdown.

  • EASYJET 'HANGING BY A THREAD' AFTER CORONAVIRUS CRISIS

    EasyJet is “hanging by a thread” after being crippled by the coronavirus pandemic, a union official has claimed.

    In a leaked recording obtained by BBC News, Martin Entwisle of pilots' union Balpa said the airline was in a “really, really dire situation”.

    Mr Entwisle, who's also an EasyJet captain, reportedly made the comment after a meeting with the airline's chief financial officer, Andrew Findlay.

    During the presentation to Balpa members, Mr Entwisle added: “I think the easiest way to put it is that the company is hanging by a thread.

    “If we don't have a good summer next summer and make a considerable amount of money, we really are going to be out of a job.”

  • Seven Fife farm workers test positive for Covid in fresh outbreak

    Health bosses confirmed that the staff members from Kettle Produce, Balmacolm, had caught the bug.

    NHS Fife added that all seven workers are now self-isolating at home as they recover.

    The Balmacolm facility is now set to be partially closed for up to two weeks due to the Covid outbreak.

    Read more: https://www.thescottishsun.co.uk/news/6089870/coronavirus-scotland-fife-farm-workers-covid/

  • WEDDING RECEPTION SHUT DOWN BY POLICE

    A wedding reception was shut down by police after they found dozens of guests crammed into a restaurant.

    The bar in Swansea, Wales, has been ordered to shut after “a large number of people” attended the nuptials.

    Officers were called to Adelina's Bar and Kitchen on Thursday night and forced everyone at the party to leave.

    Pictures from the night apparently show wedding guests crammed into the bar before the cops arrived to break up the gathering.

  • Positive Covid case linked to Royal Conservatoire in Glasgow as contact tracing underway

    Bosses at the performing arts instutute confirmed that tracing was now underway after the bug scare.

    Read more: https://www.thescottishsun.co.uk/news/scottish-news/6089734/coronavirus-scotland-case-royal-conservatoire-glasgow/

  • MAN, 29, FIGHTING FOR LIFE AFTER CONTRACTING CORONAVIRUS

    A Brit who thought he was “invincible” and dismissed coronavirus as “bull***t” is scared for his life after catching the bug in Tenerife.

    Chris Grailey, previously a healthy 29-year-old, has warned others to take the virus seriously as he struggles to breathe while being given oxygen treatment.

    He said: “I caught it in Tenerife thinking I was invincible, not wearing a mask.

    “I paid the price. I have got no underlying health issues. I don't want anyone making the same mistakes as me.

    “Now I'm in intensive care, waiting to get more treatment, and not knowing if I'm coming out the other side.

    “So I really want you to take this message on board because it could happen to anyone, please please take care.”

  • HUNDREDS OF MANCHESTER STUDENTS TOLD TO SELF-ISOLATE

    Hundreds of students in Manchester have been told to self-isolate after 127 of them tested positive for coronavirus.

    Residents at the Birley campus and Cambridge Halls at Manchester Metropolitan University have been told to stay in their rooms for 14 days, even if they have no symptoms.

    In total, 1,700 students have been locked down, according to the Manchester Evening News.

  • CORONAVIRUS DEATHS WARNING

    Infectious disease modelling expert Professor Graham Medley warned there would be 100 coronavirus deaths a day in a few weeks' time.

    Prof Medley, who attends meetings of the Scientific Advisory Group for Emergencies (Sage), told BBC Radio 4's Today programme: “The treatments have improved, the way the virus is transmitting is going to be different, but nonetheless it is a dangerous virus and inevitably it will lead to some deaths.

    “Now whether it is as many – in February and March we were essentially assuming 1% of infections would lead to deaths. Now even if that is 0.8%, which I think would be a great success in terms of treatment, it still means that we are going to see deaths increase.

    “At a level of 10,000 (cases) we are seeing now, means that in three or four weeks we are going to see 100 deaths a day.

    “In order to stop that process increasing again, then we need to make sure that that transmission comes down now because that doubling time will carry on. The things that we do now will not stop 100 people dying a day but they will stop that progressing much higher.”

  • GHOST TOWNS

    GLASGOW turned into a Friday night ghost town as drinkers boycotted city centre bars on the first night of the nationwide 10pm curfew.

    Pubs in the city centre which would normally be packed on a Friday evening were left struggling to find customers.

    Popular drinking spots such as the Merchant City, Royal Exchange Square and St Vincent Street were eerily quiet.

    One pub manager told the Scottish Sun: “It’s been a good night if we’ve been half empty.”

    Read more: https://www.thescottishsun.co.uk/news/6088576/coronavirus-scotland-pub-bars-covid-curfew/

  • COVID MIRACLE

    A SCOTS coronavirus patient has survived a UK record 172 days in intensive care.

    Brian Mearns, 63, got a standing ovation from medics as he left the unit.

    The Edinburgh dad said: “It’s thanks to the wonderful staff I’m still alive.”

    His miracle survival comes after his family were called into hospital four times to say their final goodbyes.

    Read more: https://www.thescottishsun.co.uk/news/scottish-news/6088639/coronavirus-record-days-icu-survive-edinburgh-dad/

  • Infected Glasgow students say Covid outbreak at uni halls was inevitable

    One student said she has now been isolating for nearly a month, having been placed in an initial 14-day quarantine on arrival from California.

    The teenager and three other people in her eight-person flat in Glasgow University's Murano Street Student Village have now tested positive for Covid-19.

    The complex is the university's largest halls of residence and can house 1,175 students.

    The 18-year-old, who is studying international relations and sociology, said she is having to wash her clothes in the sink as the laundry is outside the flat.

    Read more: https://www.thescottishsun.co.uk/news/6087469/coronavirus-scotland-glasgow-students-covid-outbreaks/

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