I rejected chemo and turned the tables on my cancer

Kira Noble's life has been transformed thanks to a drug still going through clinical trials.

For children with cancer and their families, clinical trials mean hope, offering a chance for survival when all other options are exhausted.

Edinburgh schoolgirl Kira Noble knows this all too well; a year ago she received the devastating news that her Neuroblastoma was now incurable after numerous relapses.

She refused further chemotherapy, having already undergone 20 gruelling rounds in five years, and instead decided to take trial drug Lorlatinib.

Unlike chemotherapy, the ‘alk-inhibitor’ only attacks cancerous cells, minimising the side-effects and allowing Kira to live a fairly regular teenager’s life.

“After everything I’ve gone through, I think it was the last two, three, four rounds (of chemotherapy) that I had I was extremely ill and I didn’t leave the hospital at all,” 16-year-old Kira tells Scotland Tonight, to be broadcast on STV at 7.30pm on Thursday.

“So I was like ‘look for other treatments – I just don’t want chemo anymore’.”

The drug is working, but every three months Kira has to undergo an MRI scan to make sure it’s still doing the job.

Kira’s journey – Scan day

STV News has followed Kira’s journey, and we were with her as she went for her nine-month scan.

Despite being no stranger to the procedure, each one remains as nerve-racking an experience as the last.

Waiting for her appointment outside the MRI department, Kira admits she’s “stressed … very stressed”.

Kira has to undergo an MRI scan every three months.

“But it’s fine, because we are thinking positively,” she adds. “When I had my first one, I had a panic attack because it’s very claustrophobic but now I’m used to it.”

The scan process takes around an hour, as mum Aud waits outside.

“You’ve got to do it,” she says of the trial drug. “You’ve got to try anything. Your alternative is not a good one, so you’ve absolutely got to go forth and grab the opportunity.”

For the past nine months, thanks to Lorlatinib, Kira’s family have been able to watch her go to school and enjoy time with friends.

“It’s a dream come true,” says Aud. “Our lives have transitioned from her being institutionalised, living life in a hospital bed, attached to chemo machines to being filled with fake tan, acrylic nails, teenage parties – it’s just wonderful.”

Scan-xiety: The worrying wait for results

With the MRI complete, “scan-xiety”, as Kira describes it, is over. But another wait brings even more worry.

Kira explains: “That will be worse because now the scan is done, it’s waiting on the results and that’s the major thing.”

A week later, Kira and Aud arrive at the hospital’s cancer ward for the results, hoping for the best.

As the teenager comes back out, she gives two thumbs up.

“We’re all good,” Kira says. “It’s shrunk more, so we’re doing well and it’s all good news.”

Looking to the future

A year ago, after being told she was incurable, Kira made an incredibly brave decision to say ‘no’ to chemotherapy and instead take a drug going through the trial process.

“It’s just amazing to know that it’s working and trial drugs do work,” she says. “Sometimes they don’t, obviously, but it’s just great that this one is.”

Kira celebrates her latest results by playing with dog Milo.

Kira will need to go through the same scan-xiety again in three months’ time – but until then, it’s all about enjoying life.

“I just take every day as it comes, and just try live in the moment and have as much fun as I can whilst I can.

“Because you never know what the future may hold.”

Coronavirus live: PM spends second night in intensive care

Today's latest coronavirus news and updates from across Scotland as it happens.

Coronavirus: Wednesday's latest updates.

9.50am: Half of those diagnosed with covid-19 in Forth Valley ‘fully recovered and back home’

Around half of the 243 people who have had a confirmed coronavirus diagnosis in Forth Valley are already fully recovered and back home.

Dr Graham Foster, Forth Valley’s director of public health, said it was important to get the message out that people had been discharged when it was safe to do so.

As the Scottish and UK death tolls rise, and the Prime Minister himself in intensive care, more and more people are facing up to just how deadly covid-19 can be.

And some have been nervous about those who have had the illness returning to their communities.

But Dr Foster said: “We want to be reassuring that these people are not a big infection risk and they don’t need to be treated any differently.

“They will obviously do the self-isolation that everyone else is doing and obey the same rules as everyone else but people don’t need to worry about them.

“People need to get used to the idea that the normal path of covid is that you become unwell for a period of time, usually seven days, and then you are safe after that to be discharged.”

9.27am: Emergency £500 grant available to those impacted by coronavirus

People in financial crisis caused by the ongoing covid-19 pandemic can now receive immediate help in the form of a cash grant.

The initiative comes thanks to the launch of an emergency coronavirus grant fund by national poverty charity, Turn2us.

A one-off crisis grant of £500 will be approved and paid within just three working days of an application, as long as they meet the grant fund’s eligibility criteria.

The grant will not need to be paid back and is intended to be a financial lifeline in a time of crisis.

One million people came to Turn2us for help in the last three weeks alone, representing a 520% increase, and 1800% increase amongst the self-employed.

8.50am: ‘Video visiting’ launched for Western Isles hospitals

A new ‘video visiting’ service is to be launched in the Western Isles on Wednesday, which will enable hospital inpatients and their friends and family to keep in touch via a video link.

In a statement, NHS Western Isles said that since the closure of local hospitals to visitors as a measure to control the spread of Coronavirus, staff had been working on a new system enabling video connections for hospital patients.

The service will initially be available for calls seven days a week between 2pm and 4pm to patients in Western Isles Hospital in Stornoway, with a roll-out of the scheme to all Western Isles hospital sites over the next two weeks currently being considered. Calls will be ten minutes in duration. 

8.46am: Entrepreneur gives £100,000 to fund free meals

Scots entrepreneur Marie Macklin has donated £100,000 to help people in need during the coronavirus outbreak.

She has launched a community fund called Lift Up Your Hearts, which aims to deliver 20,000 free meals.

The project has teamed up with charity Centrestage and company Braehead Foods to prepare and deliver free meals to homes in Kilmarnock and across East Ayrshire.

Marie, who founded the HALO urban regeneration company, said: “It is a very proud day for not just me but everyone at the HALO to see so many people come together to support the Lift Up Your Hearts campaign which we hope will help local communities that need it the most during these unprecedented times.

“I’d like to thank the team at Braehead Foods and everyone at Centrestage for their support and dedication to making the first deliveries of these 20,000 meals happen so quickly.

“I am confident that together we will help as many people as possible get through these difficult times.”

8.32am: Scottish football clubs set for crunch coronavirus talks

Scottish clubs will hold further talks with league officials on Wednesday in a bid to secure more clarity on the fate of the current season.

A number of clubs have already called on the Scottish Professional Football League to declare the standings as they are.

But Hearts have threatened legal action if they are relegated with eight games left and Rangers vowed to challenge any attempt to declare Celtic champions.

8.20am: Medics raise ‘grave concerns’ over protection equipment in open letter to Scottish Government

More than 100 medical professionals have signed an open letter to the Scottish Government raising “grave concerns” over personal protective equipment.

The open letter states that the virus has caused “upheaval” and lives have been “turned upside down” with people suffering from “fear and anxiety”.

It goes on to say that many working for the health service have concerns about the adequacy of the protective equipment needed in the “frontline battle” against an “invisible enemy”.

The medics wrote: “Health care workers are falling ill and dying due to covid-19. We believe it is vital that essential workers are given adequate PPE at the very least, to protect themselves and in-turn their patients from this new virus.”

7.50am: UK coronavirus strategy questioned

Questions have been asked over the UK’s covid-19 strategy in the absence of the Prime Minister who remains in intensive care with the virus.

Concerns were raised over when the lockdown measures will be reviewed – and leading officials have admitted the UK has “a lot to learn” from Germany’s expansive testing scheme.

Earlier, foreign secretary Dominic Raab, who is deputising in Boris Johnson’s absence, suggested the review of the lockdown announced by the PM when he set out the restrictions would not go ahead on Monday as scheduled.

7.35am: Prime Minister spends second night in intensive care

Boris Johnson spent second night in intensive care.

Boris Johnson has spent a second night in intensive care being treated for Covid-19.

Downing Street said the PM’s condition remained “stable” on Tuesday night as they confirmed he would be staying in St Thomas’s hospital for “close monitoring”.

The 55-year-old is said to be in “good spirits”.

7.05am: Report warns that GDP could shrink by 25% if lockdown continues

The Scottish economy could contract by up to a quarter if the current lockdown restrictions continue for a three-month period, according to the Fraser of Allander Institute.

The report from the economic research institute at Strathclyde University found there is likely to be “a long road to recovery” from the “unprecedented” impact on GDP from the coronavirus pandemic.

The estimates are predicted on a three month period of restrictions and are not an “exact prediction for growth” in Q2 of 2020, but “simply an illustration of the scale of the shock” to the economy.

The report adds that “it might be many months or even years before we actually know the full extent of the effect of the shut down on the Scottish economy”.

7am: Jobs market sees greatest drop in permanent starts since global crash

Permanent job appointments across Scotland in March fell at the fastest rate since the global financial crash, according to a study.

The latest Royal Bank of Scotland figures show the country saw the steepest decline last month in these job starts since April 2009, with a drop of 10.7 points from the “no change” base rate of 50.

Permanent job placements in April 2009 had a rating of 33.6, some 16.4 points below the 50 standard.

Temporary billings also fell 19.3 points – the steepest rate on record – as the Scottish jobs market was hit by the coronavirus pandemic.

How to keep children entertained during Easter lockdown

Here's a list of resources to keep children occupied while on lockdown during the spring break.

Easter: 18 ways to keep children occupied.

It might be tough to tell the difference these days but the schools are off on Easter holidays throughout the country.

So with schoolwork at home on hold, and lockdown in force, how do you keep the kids entertained?

Technology might be the enemy a lot of the time as you battle it out over screen time – but there are plenty of resources to tap into, no matter what the interests.

Arts and Crafts


Kids Art Academy in Bishopbriggs have been posting video tutorials for arts and craft classes for children of all ages on their Facebook page. Activities include creating collages and learning to draw fish.

Artful Parent have lots of great ideas for crafty activities to keep the whole family busy, from creating Lego cities to going on nature walks.

Sparklebox offers a mix of art and music challenges alongside other educational resources. There are plenty of colouring pages to print off and step-by-step Easter cards to make.

Perfect for smaller children, Red Ted Art have easy craft activities on offer, with popular activities including toilet roll crafts, paper helicopters and even making your own volcano.  

Science and Nature

Inquisitive kids will love science projects from The Dad Lab, with experiments featuring everything from colourful Skittles to raw eggs to keep little ones entertained.

Even though you can’t make it to Dundee Science Centre during lockdown, an online learning portal has been set up by staff with a different theme each week. Activities and daily facts related to themes such as minibeasts and egg experiments. 

National Geographic for Kids offers amazing activities and quizzes about the natural world, from facts about tigers to a ‘unicorn’ puppy which was born with an extra tail on its forehead.

The Woodland Trust is the perfect resource for those looking to find an adventure in their own back garden, with some excellent ideas for exploring indoors too. 

Edinburgh Zoo may be closed to the public, but staff are still tending to the animals. Watch the zoo’s cameras for updates on the giant pandas or check out the penguins as they enjoy some downtime during the zoo’s closure.

Blair Drummond Safari Park also offers an insight into the lives of the animals at the park, with webcams set up to keep an eye on the lions’ den and the rhino house. 

The Royal Botanic Gardens in Edinburgh are offering online tours of the gardens, with educational videos and tips for the garden also available online. 

Sport

Tennis coach Ian Cannon has been sharing tips for keeping active inside and in the garden on Facebook. For those with limited sports equipment fear not, as Ian shows how to use household objects such as biscuit tins as tennis rackets.

On Twitter, Tennis Scotland have been posting links to drills you can do inside as well as outdoor exercises to perfect your technique. Ideas include using a tennis ball and a sock to help correct your serve and using a hula hoop to learn about judging distance and speed of the ball. 

For football fans, Box Soccer based in Dundee and Perth are offering video tutorials on YouTube to help youngsters hone their skills. Practice dribbling and roll stops with the help of an experienced online coach.

Museums

Despite museums and galleries throughout Glasgow closed due to coronavirus, many will still be showcasing their exhibits and hosting classes on their social media channels. Drawing challenges, toddler sing-along sessions and art classes will be held during the week on Twitter and Facebook, with a look through the archives also hosted on Instagram. 

Fans of the National Museums Scotland can still enjoy the exhibits from home thanks to digital tours, with plenty of resources online to aid any history projects.

Literature

Author and television personality David Walliams will be releasing a free audio story from his The World’s Worst Children series every day for 30 days on his website.

Fans of Harry Potter will love the Wizarding World website, a free hub for magical craft videos, fun articles, quizzes, puzzles, and much more.


Jobs market sees greatest drop since global crash

The latest RBS figures show the country saw the steepest decline last month in permanent job starts since April 2009.

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Decline: Permanent job appointments fell in March.

Permanent job appointments across Scotland in March fell at the fastest rate since the global financial crash, according to a study.

The latest Royal Bank of Scotland figures show the country saw the steepest decline last month in these job starts since April 2009, with a drop of 10.7 points from the “no change” base rate of 50.

Permanent job placements in April 2009 had a rating of 33.6, some 16.4 points below the 50 standard.

Temporary billings also fell 19.3 points – the steepest rate on record – as the Scottish jobs market was hit by the coronavirus pandemic.

Businesses across the country have been ordered to shut to help reduce the rate of the virus spreading.

Sebastian Burnside, chief economist at Royal Bank of Scotland, said: “The Covid-19 pandemic weighed heavily on the Scottish labour market in March.

“Permanent staff placements fell at the steepest rate since the global financial crisis over a decade ago while temp billings declined at the sharpest rate since data collection began over 17 years ago.

“At the same time, demand for both permanent and short-term staff declined, with panellists reporting that firms had stopped hiring amid the coronavirus pandemic.

“The reduction in permanent vacancies was the first since September 2010 while the fall in temp staff demand was the fastest since mid-2009.

“Overall, latest data highlighted the substantial impact of emergency measures and shutdowns that have taken place due to the Covid-19 outbreak and the vital importance of the government schemes put in place to safeguard livelihoods during this exceptional time.”

The rate of decline in demand for permanent staff was described as “mild overall” and softer than that recorded at the UK level.

A fall in temporary worker vacancies in Scotland was part of a wider UK trend, according to the study, although the fall in north of the border “outstripped” that seen at the UK level.

Starting salaries awarded to permanent joiners continued to increase during March, as has been the case in each month for over seven years.

However, the rate of wage inflation was the softest for three months and only mild.

The average hourly pay rates for temporary staff rose further, with the uptick the quickest since last October.

Wage inflation remained softer than the long-run series average.

The report, compiled by IHS Markit, is based on a monthly survey of around 100 recruitment and employment consultants.

UK Labour movement ‘understands importance of Scotland’

Ian Murray was recently appointed as Labour's shadow Scotland secretary.

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Labour: Ian Murray was chosen as Scottish shadow secretary.

The entirety of the UK Labour movement now understands the importance of Scotland, according to Ian Murray.

Mr Murray, newly appointed as Labour’s shadow Scotland secretary, suggested that discussion about Scotland within the party will increase following the election of Sir Keir Starmer as leader.

The Edinburgh South MP, the only Labour member to hold a seat in Scotland, also said that the party must be clear over its position on Scottish independence.

He said: “Keir has been pretty clear on all of this stuff, and to be fair so has [Scottish Labour leader] Richard [Leonard], that we’re against independence, we’re against a second independence referendum.

“I’ve been touring the whole of the country during the deputy leadership campaign making that case that a Labour government runs through Scotland, that we have to be clear on our principles of why we’re against independence, that we shouldn’t facilitate the means if we disagree with the ends.

“In terms of a second independence referendum, that there is no mandate, trying to challenge some of that story that other people are telling and trying to manipulate the mandate issue.

“And been pretty clear that the Labour Party in Scotland can only really start to achieve something when people in Scotland believe that we believe what we’re saying in terms of independence and I think we’ve just got to be clear on that.

“I know that Keir and Gordon Brown have spent a lot of time with each other trying to go through some of that constitutional stuff, there is no doubt that federalism and the constitutional convention which Gordon, myself and people like George Foulkes have been working on for many years now is now right at the top of Keir’s agenda.”

Mr Murray previously held the position as shadow Scottish secretary between May 2015 and June 2016, when he quit the post in protest over the leadership of Jeremy Corbyn.

Considering the differences in the challenges he will face in the role this time round, he said: “I think the first time I became shadow secretary of state for Scotland, everyone was still spinning and reeling off the 2015 result [when Labour lost 40 of its 41 seats in Scotland].

“We’re now six years on from the referendum almost and we’re still talking about it and it’s still poisonous and it’s still paralysing the entirety of Scottish politics.

“So the challenge is great. The big positives now, as opposed to then, is the entirety of the UK Labour movement now understands the importance of Scotland, not just to the UK Labour Party, but to the Scottish Labour party as well, and understands why Scotland needs to get back on the park.

“And if we all have that thought at the forefront of our minds then we’ve got an opportunity to do something about it.”

He added: “It’s still difficult because, you know, I wouldn’t even start to pretend to know the ins and outs of everything that’s happening in Wales or Northern Ireland, or Cornwall or Yorkshire for that matter.

“So it is still difficult to get the entire Labour movement focused on Scotland, but I think we’re a lot way down the road and I think the word Scotland will become a word that’s used much more by many more people across the Labour movement in the next five years.

“So I think that’s the step change is people have now absolutely grasped how important Scotland’s become for the UK Labour Party.”

‘I felt like I was drowning’: Doctor battles coronavirus

Geraldine McGroarty, who is originally from Greenock but now working in London, shared her story online.

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Fighter: Geraldine McGroarty contracted coronavirus.

A Scots doctor working in London is warning people to take the social distancing and quarantine measures seriously after falling ill from coronavirus.

Geraldine McGroarty, who is originally from Greenock, Renfrewshire, said she must have been exposed to Covid-19 on the frontline at work, but added: “It’s a choice I gladly made and will gladly do so again to help in this pandemic.

“However it’s also possible to have caught it from the many groups of people I see still wandering London.”

For those of you who are still not taking social distancing and quarantine seriously because they think Covid wont make…

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Sharing her story online, she described the moment she was taken to the emergency department and during her struggle to breathe she felt like she was “drowning”.

Although “not out of the woods yet”, Dr McGroarty is urging others to take heed of the Government’s advice so as not to potentially infect the vulnerable.

She added: “It’s not about you. We need to realise how serious this disease is.”

Couple’s antique clockwork characters are worldwide hit

Viewers from across the globe have been enthralled by Michael and Maria Start's online videos during the coronavirus lockdown.

A couple who own clockwork characters which appeared in Hollywood movies have been keeping viewers enthralled during the coronavirus lockdown with live online shows.

Michael and Maria Start, from Moray, entranced people from Australia, the US, Germany, South America and the UK as they showed off items such as a crawling leopard which dates from 1890, a rabbit which pops up from a cabbage and, one of their most talked about pieces, a life-sized lady called Nancy who sews, blinks her eyes and crosses her legs.

Mr Start said: “Social media is a new way for people to get out there when you can’t actually get out.

‘It’s escapism – people are escaping into another world where reality is not quite the same.’

Maria Start

“We have such a fantastic cast of characters, we’ve got entertainers in every cupboard and drawer and we thought we need to  show them – and modern technology is about keeping up with us.”  

The couple say some of their exhibits may be hundreds of years old but they are proving to be comforting for people during this modern time of crisis.

Mrs Start said: “It’s escapism – people are escaping into another world where reality is not quite the same.”

Based in Forres, the couple’s expertise was called upon by legendary Hollywood director Martin Scorsese for his film Hugo, in which a young boy lives in a clock tower where his father, played by Jude Law, makes mechanical items such as a wind-up mouse.

Mr Start, a trained horologist, taught the movie makers the intricacies of how such items would work, and was even asked to fix Scorsese’s own watch when it stopped.

Brian Selznick, who wrote the novel The Invention of Hugo Cabret, on which the movie was based, was one of those tuning into their live online show.

The Starts have hundreds of automata in their collection but some stand out for them.

Mrs Start explained: “The leopard is my all time favourite automata. It was given to us in a complete state of disrepair, with no body, no head, no tail and we just adore it.

“It was given to us to break up and use as spares but there’s no way we would do that.

“It’s so magical – now it lives in a special box with a sliding front. You open it and he crawls out by himself.

“There’s a video of him in the National Museum of Scotland in Edinburgh in their robots section and he is like a piece of ‘more than life’.”

As well as their automata show, the couple have held an online Flea Circus show and plan to continue to entertain on social media with a look behind the scenes in their workshop on Thursday.

You can see more from the house of automata on Instagram: @thehouseofautomata.

Expansion plans revealed for Buchanan Galleries in Glasgow

Land Securities, which owns the shopping centre, has submitted an application to Glasgow City Council.

Glasgow: How Buchanan Galleries could look.

New images have been released that show how Buchanan Galleries could be extended to add more shops and offices.

Land Securities, which owns the shopping centre, has submitted an application to Glasgow City Council requesting permission to start work on a ten-storey extension.

It would have shops on the lower levels with offices above and would include the existing Subway station access at Dundas Square.

Planning permission in principle has previously been granted for the site.

Shopping: Land Services has submitted an application to Glasgow City Council.

The plans state: “This submission brings forward the detail of the southern extension building at Buchanan Galleries to provide a significant office and retail development within the heart of Glasgow city centre.

“Land Securities has been in discussions with Glasgow City Council for a number of years, attempting to bring forward this hugely important regeneration project.

“The proposals in this phase of development represent a significant investment by the applicant and provide an exciting opportunity to bring forward a high quality office and retail floorspace within key central location within Glasgow city centre.”

Plans: The work was previously postponed.

Two floors of retail space would be provided at ground and first floor level, with office space in the basement and up to level nine.

The owners previously postponed work on the shopping centre to prevent a conflict with the redevelopment of Queen Street station.

This scheme aims to infill a “redundant piece” of Buchanan Street and improve the area around Dundas Street and train station’s west entrance.

It is a “complicated city centre site”, a planning report states, as the railway lines runs underneath. Building over the line will mean retaining a ventilation system and integrating the current Subway station into the new development.

The report adds: “It will be essential to upgrade Dundas Square into an attractive piece of public realm so that it becomes a proper entrance for the office, the subway and the new station.

“The Subway entrance is subtly enveloped by the new development but given its own distinct space and signage. The existing route along Dundas Lane will be enhanced by the new development to make it feel brighter and safer.”

The development must also respect the adjacent listed Dundas House and create an “excellent entrance” to the offices from what is an “unattractive public space at the rear of Queen Street station”, the report continues.

By Local Democracy Reporter Drew Sandelands

Comedian Kevin Bridges reveals Covid-19 quarantine haircut

The comic was compared to Joe Exotic from Tiger King and Jim Carrey from Dumb and Dumber.

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Comical: Kevin Bridges' new haircut was compared to Joe Exotic and Jim Carrey's from Dumb and Dumber.

Kevin Bridges has debuted a ‘dodgy new haircut’ amid the coronavirus quarantine.

The Scots comic posted a picture of the trim online, stating: “Stay strong folks…”

Some fans said the look resembled Jim Carrey’s Lloyd from Dumb and Dumber and Rowan Atkinson’s Mr. Bean.

He was even compared to Joe Exotic from Netflix’s Tiger King.

Singer Amy Macdonald replied: “Can you twist your fringe into wee separate sections with gel please? Just so we can fully relive the good old days at school in the early 00s.”

Boris Johnson ‘in stable condition’ in intensive care

The PM's spokesman said he has received oxygen treatment but has not yet had to be put on a ventilator.

The Prime Minister remains in intensive care with coronavirus but is in a stable condition, according to Number 10.

A spokesman said Boris Johnson has received oxygen treatment but has not yet had to be put on a ventilator.

Doctors at St Thomas’ Hospital in London have also so far not diagnosed him with pneumonia – one of the most dangerous effects of the Covid-19 disease.

Johnson, 55, was admitted to the NHS hospital on Sunday with “persistent” coronavirus symptoms ten days after he was first diagnosed.

On Monday evening, he was moved into intensive care.

The PM’s spokesman said: “The Prime Minister has been stable overnight and remains in good spirits.

“He is receiving standard oxygen treatment and breathing without any other assistance.

“He has not required mechanical ventilation or non-invasive respiratory support.”

Foreign secretary Dominic Raab will “deputise”for the Prime Minister, whose pregnant fiance Carrie Symonds, 32, is recovering from coronavirus symptoms herself.

The No 10 spokesman explained: “(Under the) established order of precedence, the Prime Minister has appointed the foreign secretary as his first Secretary of State.

“In line with the order of precedence, the Chancellor (Rishi Sunak) would follow from the Foreign Secretary.”

Asked about reports of Mr Raab seen coughing on Tuesday morning, the spokesman added: “The Foreign Secretary is fine.”

First Minister Nicola Sturgeon joined other UK and world leaders in sending their best wishes to the PM and wishing him a speedy recovery.

Speaking at the Scottish Government’s daily press briefing on Tuesday, Sturgeon said: “I’m sure I do this on behalf of all of Scotland, I want to send every good wish to him, to his fiancee and to his whole family.

“We are all willing you on Boris, get well soon.”

Senior cabinet minister Michael Gove, who is also now in self-isolation after a family member tested positive for the virus, said the work of government will continue.

Speaking to the BBC on Tuesday, he said: “We’re all working together to implement the plan the Prime Minister set out in order to try to ensure that we can marshal all the resources of government, indeed all the resources of our country, in the fight against this invisible enemy.

“The work of government goes on.

“We have a superb civil service and they have ensured that the machinery is there for decisions to be made by ministers, by medical and scientific experts, and for those decisions to be followed through in a way which enables us to help those at the front line.”

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