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Coronavirus: No quarantine checks carried out on passengers arriving in Scotland

Media playback is unsupported on your device Officials have carried out no quarantine checks on visitors arriving in Scotland from overseas, the Scottish health secretary has admitted. Jeane Freeman said staff did not have security clearance to access passenger details so they were unable to check arrivals were sticking to the rules. However she added that the security checks were now complete and passenger checks would begin this week. The q..

Justice Cooperation: Lack of Deal Between EU and UK Imperils Security

It wasn’t a pleasant appointment for James Brokenshire. In mid-June, the Minister of State for Security at the British Home Office told the responsible committee in the British upper chamber of parliament that Brexit won’t significantly curtail the security situation in the United Kingdom. Of course, he said, the country would continue working closely with the European Union. The Lords didn’t seem convinced. Welsh Baron Ted Rowlands said the sit..

Coronavirus: Shops reopen in Scotland as lockdown restrictions ease

Shops with on-street access and some workplaces such as factories are reopening following an easing of Scotland's lockdown. Small weddings and civil partnerships can now be held outdoors and zoos and safari parks will be able to reopen, but only to visitors who live nearby. The easing of restrictions is the first time many stores will have had customers since the Scottish government lockdown came into effect on 23 March. Playparks are also b..

Glasgow stabbings: Suspect family ‘shocked and saddened’

The family of a man shot dead by police following multiple stabbings in Glasgow say they are shocked and saddened by what happened. Suspect Badreddin Abadlla Adam, who was 28 and from Sudan, was named by police following the incident on Friday. A member of Glasgow's Sudanese community, Almadi, spoke to the BBC on condition his full name was not used. He said Mr Adam's mental state had deteriorated recently and his family were sorry abo..

Coronavirus: No new Covid deaths in Scotland for third consecutive day

There have been no deaths in Scotland of people who tested positive for coronavirus for a third day running. It is the eighth day overall this month that no new deaths have been reported within the previous 24 hours. It means the number of Covid-19 deaths under this measure remains at 2,482 in Scotland. First Minister Nicola Sturgeon said she felt an "enormous" sense of relief as the number of daily deaths from the virus in Scotland continued to..

The UK Steers Toward a No-Deal Brexit in the Middle of the Pandemic

Things are still going well for Thorsten Harke for the time being -- surprisingly well. The businessman in the western German city of Mülheim exports chemical and pharmaceutical products to the United Kingdom: pills, cosmetics, disinfectant. Because such products currently in high demand internationally, the gross revenues taken in by his group of companies went up by about 25 percent in the first half of this year. Trade in the UK makes up a la..

Alone on the Adriatic: The Italian Resort of Rimini Opens Carefully to Summer Tourists

Joachim Giehl has never experienced a trip like this before. In early June, he became one of the first German tourists to head across the Brenner Pass this summer. "It was like being in a disaster movie," says the businessman from Munich. There were hardly any other cars on the road and the rest stops were all but deserted. Then he made a stopover in Venice. There were only locals far and wide, otherwise he and his family, who followed in a seco..

Coronavirus: Waste water at sewage works tested in Covid-19 trial

A trial is under way to test waste water for signs of Covid-19 in a bid to help pinpoint local spikes of the virus. The samples are being taken at sewage treatment works in each of Scotland's 14 NHS health board areas. They are then tested for ribonucleic acid (RNA), a non-infectious chemical generated by patients with coronavirus. If successful, the results could be used by government ministers as part of their response to the pandemic. T..

Holyrood’s Alex Salmond inquiry to begin

A Holyrood committee investigating the Scottish government's handling of complaints against Alex Salmond is to hold its first public meeting since the former first minister's trial. What will MSPs be looking in to and what might the fallout be? What is it?The parliamentary inquiry was set up in January 2019 after the Scottish government conceded that an internal investigation of sexual misconduct complaints against Mr Salmond had been u..

Face masks become compulsory on public transport

Face masks are now compulsory on public transport as Scotland continues to ease its way out of lockdown. Children under five and people with certain medical conditions are exempt from the new rule which comes into force on Monday. It covers buses, trains, the Glasgow Subway, Edinburgh trams, aircraft, enclosed areas onboard ferries, taxis and private hire cabs. The Scottish government is also urging people to continue to limit travel. Last week, ..

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