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  1. Will advice for people who are shielding be updated?

    The health secretary tells MSP Emma Harper that they do plan to update advice for people who are shielding - but that is not an indication that advice will necessarily change.

    Ms Freeman says the chief medical advisor and his advisory group are currently looking at the situation of people who are in this category.

    She adds that people who are shielding will be given clear advice in advance of the end of the current shielding period.

    It will include advice for mitigating risk, for people who are supporting them and what the government will do to help them.

    Emma Harper
  2. Health Secretary on excess deaths in care homes

    Jeane Freeman

    Scottish Health Secretary Jeane Freeman was asked about newspaper reports that about 600 deaths in care homes were not officially recorded as being linked to Covid-19.

    She said NRS figures, published last Wednesday, show there have been 2,350 excess deaths in care homes during the pandemic.

    Of this number, 74% had Covid-19 recorded on the death certificate, either as a suspected or probable factor of the death.

    Ms Freeman said in the remaining 601, the virus was not recorded as a cause or suspected cause of death.

    She added that the Scottish government and NRS are working to explore excess deaths as part of a wider assessment of the impact of coronavirus on the population.

    Ms Freeman was also asked by Miles Briggs MSP if some of the deaths not recorded as Covid-19 could actually be linked to the virus.

    Quote Message: I would not gainsay the professional reputation, competence or expertise of those medical practitioners who take exceptionally seriously the signing of death certificates. Nor would I have the audacity to question whether they had recorded these matters properly. from Jeane Freeman Scottish Health Secretary
    Jeane FreemanScottish Health Secretary
  3. Coronavirus: Funfair operator facing 'toughest time'

    Amy Woodfield

    BBC News

    The owner of a Leicester-based funfair operator, which has been running for more than a century, says continued uncertainty caused by coronavirus restrictions is a huge threat to their business.

    Billy Bates, of Billy Bates & Sons, said the company has never faced a more difficult time across six generations.

    Billy Bates

    "I've never known any stories from my parents or great-grandparents where things like this have happened – even during the war," said Mr Bates.

    Mr Bates added he fears the lucrative summer season is under threat.

    Billy Bates fairground ride

    Kennedy Bates, who works on the fair, said not knowing when they can reopen is "fuelling anxiety".

    Plans of how to operate a socially distanced funfair are being drawn up, but Kennedy is concerned it could make the experience less enjoyable.

    "I worry that a little bit of the magic is going to go and that is a concern for me," he said.

  4. Hancock called on to pledge Covid-19 test centre in Ashford

    Health Secretary Matt Hancock has said he is "on it" after being asked if the government will open a Covid-19 testing centre in Ashford.

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  5. Was there more caution over GP visits to care homes than new patients?

    Michael Blackley, from the Daily Mail, says that in the early days of the virus the Scottish government issued guidance that sought to restrict the number of GPs entering care homes. He wonders why it was more cautious about staff entering care homes than untested patients.

    First Minister Nicola Sturgeon says "I don't think that's the case". She says there has been a lot of caution in the Scottish government's guidelines about releasing patients from hospitals to care homes and stresses there was much made about the unreliability of testing those who were asymptomatic.

    Chief nursing officer Fiona McQueen stresses that "at all times GPs have had access to care homes when appropriate" and points out that "we have incredibly skilled nurses in care homes" who are able to have conversations with doctors.

    Woman and GP in care home
  6. Why have mental health treatment waiting targets been missed?

    Boy in lockdown

    Derek Healey, from The Courier, says the latest waiting time figures show Scotland's health boards are failing to meet the targets for mental health treatment for children and young people and asks how the first minister responds to calls for more funding.

    Nicola Sturgeon says there has probably been no part of the NHS where waiting times have not been affected by Covid-19.

    She says the Scottish government announced additional funding to recognise the additional demand for mental health services but points out that it is "not the totality of support we will give to mental health services for years to come".

  7. First minister expects increase in need for mental health services

    David Ball, from The Herald, wonders if the first minister is expecting a surge in the need for young people's mental health services as the lockdown eases and if computerised cognitive therapy will be crucial to that.

    Nicola Sturgeon replies that: "In mental health services, as well as physical health services, there will be a backlog of consultations and procedures and we will need to deal with that."

    She adds that "it is self-evident" that "the impact on our emotional and mental health" will mean an increase in the demand for such services.

    She says the quick development of computerised consultations in response to Covid-19 is a benefit that should be continued after lockdown.

    Woman with mental health problems