Coronavirus in Scotland RECAP: John Swinney criticises ‘deafening silence’ from Rangers over mass fan gatherings

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Coronavirus in Scotland LIVE: The latest updates on Monday, March 8

Last updated: Tuesday, 09 March, 2021, 06:12

  • One Covid-19 deaths recorded on Monday
  • 501 new coronavirus cases in past 24 hours
  • Nicola Sturgeon condemns ‘infuriating’ Rangers fans

John Swinney has confirmed all secondary pupils in Scotland will be offered coronavirus testing regardless of age.

He said: “I can confirm that when children return from their Easter breaks, we will provide secondary schools with additional test kits.

“This will allow schools to offer twice-weekly lateral flow home testing kits for all secondary school pupils.”

John Swinney said: “I think it would have been the duty of Rangers to say clearly and simply to fans that they shouldn’t have come out to celebrate and when they did they should have gone home.

“The silence from Rangers was deafening – that’s a matter of profound regret.

“If the club, on a day which I acknowledge is a day of joy for the club, had said to its fans to follow restrictions which are in place – like every other citizen – and had gone home and avoided the crowded scenes that we had outside Ibrox and in George Square…

“The messaging of that type from the club I think could have helped to diffuse the situation and crucially to disperse the crowds.

“But it didn’t happen and that is one of the deep elements of concern that the Government has about the conduct of Rangers.”

Covid briefing LIVE

    Dr Gregor Smith, chief medical officer, said at the daily coronavirus briefing: “I think there’s a very real risk that we will see an uptick in infections as a result of some of the scenes over the weekend.

Covid symptom checkers failed to identify severe cases – study

ymptom checkers for Covid-19 may have guided people to stay at home when they needed to seek medical help, a new study has suggested.

The authors said that if the NHS 111 Covid-19 symptom checker is used as a “sole initial point of healthcare contact” it could lead to people delaying in seeking care, which could increase the risk of disease or death.

For instance, the symptom checker would instruct a a 72-year-old person, who has had a fever and a cough for a week, to “stay at home with no clinical, nursing or healthcare contact”, according to academics from Gibraltar Health Authority.

But NHS Digital said the study was “based on an early version of the tool”.

The study, published in the journal BMJ Health and Care Informatics, examined how national symptom checkers worked against simulated cases of Covid-19, varying in risk and severity.

National symptom checkers were introduced by many countries in a bid to reduce the burden faced by health services.

People can input symptoms – usually online or via an app – and from the information entered the algorithm produces some advice.

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