Warning as strong winds batter parts of Scotland

Gusts of 60 to 65mph expected across parts of the north-west, particularly in the Western Isles.

Spray: Coastal communities could be affected by large waves.
Spray: Coastal communities could be affected by large waves.

Strong winds are set to hit parts of Scotland, with the Met Office issuing a yellow ‘be aware’ warning.

Gusts of 60 to 65mph are expected across parts of the north-west, particularly affecting the Western Isles.

Speeds of 70 to 75mph could be felt in more exposed parts of the country, such as Barra and North and South Uist.

There were also high winds across the central belt on Friday morning.

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The caution will kick in from 3pm and remain in place until 5am on Saturday morning.

Winds will likely pave the way way for much wetter conditions on Saturday.

STV meteorologist Sean Batty said: “A low pressure system is approaching the north west of Scotland today and will bring windy conditions and very wet conditions in some area over the coming days.

“This weather system is fairly vigorous for the time of year, mainly because it drew in some warmer air from a tropical storm that clipped the east of the US earlier this week, which has injected a bit more life into it. Because it’s got a little tropical air in it, it’s also carrying more moisture, which will bring a lot of rain to some areas on Saturday.

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“The windiest conditions will affect the north west of Scotland through Friday and into Saturday and could bring wind gusts around 60mph for the likes of the Small Isles, Tiree, Coll, western Skye. Parts of the Western Isles could have stronger gusts, such as North & South Uist, Benbecula and Barra, where up to 75mph is possible.

“The winds here will ease through Saturday, but it’s likely a peak in winds will spread through the central lowlands on Saturday afternoon with gusts around 40mph.

“Gusts could hit 50mph for a time across Fife, Dundee and Edinburgh as the westerly winds exit the lowlands and head out into the Tay and Forth.

“The wettest conditions on Saturday will be across the west of the country, with around 10-20mm fairly widely. It will be particularly wet around the Lochaber, Lorn and western Badenoch areas with as much as 40-50mm falling in some spots, which is almost all the rain we’ve had so far this month falling in just one day.

“While this will come as unwelcome news for many, the rain will be welcome news for many farmers and gardeners after what has been a very dry few months.”

The Met Office advised those using the roads during lockdown of potential delays to road and rail transport.

Delays for high-sided vehicles on exposed routes and bridges are likely, while some short term loss of power in certain communities is possible.

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The national weather service also advised it is likely some coastal routes, sea fronts and coastal communities will be affected by spray and large waves.


Another 22 people die with coronavirus in Scotland

A total of 55 new daily cases of the virus have been confirmed bringing the total to 15,382.

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Death toll: Coronavirus in Scotland.

A total of 22 more people in Scotland with coronavirus have died, taking the death toll including suspected Covid-19 cases to 3862.

New confirmed cases of the virus are under 100, with just 55 reported in the last 24 hours, taking the country’s total since the pandemic began to 15,382.

Meanwhile, 1114 people are in hospital with either confirmed or suspected Covid-19, a decrease of 102 from Friday’s figure of 1216.

There are 735 people in hospital in Scotland who have tested positive for the disease.

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3678 people have been discharged from hospital after receiving treatment for the virus since March 5.

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NHS worker reunites with family after six-week Covid-19 fight

Ann McFayden was fighting for her life in an intensive care unit, in an induced coma.

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Reunited: Ann and her daughter Sharon.

An NHS worker has been reunited with her daughter after nearly six weeks being treated for coronavirus.

Ann McFayden, 63, was fighting for her life in the Queen Elizabeth University Hospital in Glasgow for three weeks in an intensive care unit, in an induced coma.

The gran, who has worked as a domestic for the NHS for more than 20 years, was released on Weds with medics forming a guard of honor, five-and-a-half weeks after being admitted.

Her daughter, Sharon McDonald, 34, feared she would be planning her mum’s funeral rather than welcoming her home.

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She is her mum’s only child and was terrified at the prospect of losing her.

Mum-of-three Sharon said: “I cannot put into words just how happy I am to be getting my mum home. I honestly thought this day would never come.

“I can’t thank the ICU staff enough. They saved her life and gave me my mum back. 

Ann leaves the Queen Elizabeth University Hospital in Glasgow. SWNS.

“They were amazing.

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“When she was in a coma, her nurse would call me and ask what mattered to my mum? 

“They wanted to know her interests and her favourite music. 

“When I asked why she said: ‘I want to talk to your mum and play her music she loves. I need to know what she cares about most.’

“So they played her Lewis Capaldi and talked to her about her grand-daughters.

‘I went to bed every night wondering who I could invite to her funeral and had to hide just how bad she was from my girls.’

Sharon McDonald

“I was amazed. Not only were they looking after her physically, they truly cared and went above and beyond every day. 

“They kept us informed about every development and were completely honest with us.

“I went to bed every night wondering who I could invite to her funeral and had to hide just how bad she was from my girls. 

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“But that nightmare is over and she’s coming home.”

Gran-of-three Ann, from Drumchapel, Glasgow, had been admitted on April 21 after falling ill.

Her boss at the Brownlee Centre at Gartnavel Hospital is Marjorie McCulloch, who was delighted to greet her colleague as she left the Queen Elizabeth.

Marjorie said: “I can’t express enough, how thoroughly delighted we all are to hear of Ann’s recovery. 

“Ann is a truly valued member of our team and has never been far from our thoughts. She is known for her smiling face and sunny nature. 

“This has been a very anxious wait for all her family, friends and colleagues at the Gartnavel Hospitals and will offer a huge lift to all hospital workers at what can only be described as one of the most challenging times we have ever experienced in the NHS.

“We would also like to pay a huge tribute to our dedicated, hard-working colleagues at the Queen Elizabeth University Hospital who have nursed and cared for Ann throughout her illness. You are all heroes, inspirational and deserve our life-long gratitude.”

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Calls to confirm inquiry into Milly Main’s hospital death

Kimberly Darroch has said she believes her daughter's death was '100%' due to contaminated water.

Milly Main: Calls for inquiry.

Scotland’s top prosecutor has been challenged to confirm if a Fatal Accident Inquiry will be held into the death of a ten-year-old girl at a hospital where concerns have been raised about contaminated water supplies.

Labour MSP Anas Sarwar called on Lord Advocate James Wolffe QC to “publicly confirm” if such a probe will take place into the death of Milly Main.

She was undergoing treatment for cancer at the Royal Hospital for Children, which is part of the Queen Elizabeth University Hospital campus in Glasgow.

But her mother Kimberly Darroch has said she believes her daughter’s death in 2017 was “100%” due to contaminated water.

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Sarwar was clear that the inquiry into the youngster’s death should not take place while the coronavirus pandemic was ongoing.

But he insisted: “The coronavirus crisis cannot be allowed to prevent all the facts being made public about the failures of Greater Glasgow and Clyde health board.”

NHS Greater Glasgow and Clyde reported Milly’s death to the Procurator Fiscal in February this year.

And Sarwar, a Glasgow MSP who has been supporting the family, said confirmation that a Fatal Accident Inquiry would be held would “help reassure the public that justice will be sought”.

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He said: “As the coronavirus outbreak continues to take its toll, this is an incredibly anxious time for all families. But for Milly’s family there is the added anxiety of the ongoing search for the truth about her death.

“With so much pressure on public services, it is clear to me that an inquiry cannot be held until we have exited the coronavirus routemap.

“However, there is absolutely no reason at all why the Lord Advocate could not publicly confirm now that an independent Fatal Accident Inquiry will be held into Milly’s death.

“I believe this is the very least the family deserves to hear at this difficult time, as we approach the third anniversary of her death.

“I believe it would also be a source of huge comfort to the many other families seeking answers, and help reassure the public that justice will be sought.”

A spokesman for the Crown Office and Procurator Fiscal Service said: “The Procurator Fiscal has received a report in connection with the death of a child in Glasgow on August 31 2017.

“The investigation into the death, under the direction of Scottish Fatalities Investigation Unit (SFIU), is ongoing and the family will continue to be kept updated in relation to any significant developments.”


Scottish Premiership ‘not guaranteed to return on August 1’

Scotland's national clinical director also stressed that team training would not be allowed under current restrictions.

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Return fears: Scottish Premiership.

Scottish Government health official Jason Leitch has cautioned that August 1 is a very provisional date for football’s return.

Scotland’s national clinical director also stressed that team training would not be allowed under current social restrictions.

After talks with Professor Leitch and sports minister Joe FitzPatrick on Friday, the Scottish game’s Joint Response Group recommended lifting the suspension of football, for the Premiership only, from June 11.

Scottish Professional Football League chief executive Neil Doncaster stated the government had given the green light to resume football training in June, with a Premiership kick-off of August 1 now a “firm target”.

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However, Leitch clarified that training would be very limited during phase one of the route out of lockdown, which kicked in on Friday. Non-contact activities such as golf, tennis and physically-distanced, one-to-one training for athletes returned under the new guidelines.

Speaking to BBC Radio Scotland’s Off The Ball, Leitch said: “I’m not sure people should write August 1 on their calendars quite yet. There’s a long way to go before August 1.

“With a fair wind and the virus behaving itself, and of course the population behaving itself, there is reward to the two metres and there’s reward for not mixing your families because, if we do, we are going to go backwards.

“So I think you could maybe put in a shaded pencil on August 1 but don’t get overexcited.

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“That’s what we told the sporting bodies, but that doesn’t mean you shouldn’t prepare for that. Of course we should and I was very impressed with their plans.

“I saw very detailed plans form the rugby, the horse racing and the football – very considered and very mature. The senior doctors and clinical teams from each of those sports talked to us.

“John MacLean, who does that for football, very smart, very mature, clearly being listened to by the SPFL and SFA. He is inside those decisions.

“Then they came to us in government and they say: ‘Does this seem reasonable?’

“The planning is one thing, the go-ahead is an entirely different one. Of course they should plan and I was impressed with their plan, as was Mr FitzPatrick, but we did not give them a go-ahead.

“We told them, this is phase one, two households can train, just like two households can go to the Botanic Gardens, but you can’t do whole team training at Hampden in phase one.

“What you can do is physically-distanced, two-household training, whenever you like.”

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Leitch added: “The other thing we can’t tell you is when phase two will start. Phase two will come if phase one works. We were very clear to them that although phase two will allow them to do more, we couldn’t guarantee them a date when that would be possible.”

Phase two allows for the “resumption of professional sport in line with public health advice” and a review is expected on a three-weekly basis.

The Scottish Rugby Union described the meeting as “successful” and “very productive”.

SRU chief operating officer Dominic McKay welcomed an acknowledgement that “we can continue to develop our plans for our professional players to resume training in due course with a view to games potentially taking place when professional rugby resumes in line with government advice”.

The chief executive of sportscotland, Stewart Harris, was also involved in the meeting.

He said: “We will continue to work with sports at all levels to ensure their return when it is safe to do so. There is a shared commitment to making real progress in this area but public health and wellbeing remains the most important consideration at this time.

“As we move through the route map process, sportscotland will of course provide full support to all sports to help them prepare for the transition back to participation and to behind closed doors action where it is safe and appropriate to do so.”

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Freeman ‘confident’ Test and Protect will be taken seriously

Under scheme households are told to stay at home as soon as anyone experiences symptoms and apply for a test.

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Coronavirus: Anyone testing positive will be asked to provide details of people they have been in close contact with.

Health secretary Jeane Freeman is confident people will take the Test and Protect scheme seriously and continue to follow lockdown rules with a “spirit of solidarity”.

It follows polling commissioned by the Scottish Government suggesting a large majority of the public supports the measures aimed at controlling the spread of coronavirus.

Under the test, trace and isolate scheme, households are told to stay at home as soon as anyone experiences symptoms and apply for a test on the NHS Inform website.

Ms Freeman said: “Test and Protect is an essential step in our response to Covid-19.

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“We are taking this step now because it’s the appropriate thing to do for this stage of the virus.

“As with lockdown, we need everyone to take this next step very seriously.

“They have done this so far and I am very confident they will step up to show the same spirit of solidarity and care for each other as before.”

Anyone testing positive for the virus will be asked to provide details of people they have been in close contact with to NHS contact tracers, who will then be asked to isolate for 14 days.

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A survey of 1037 adults across Scotland, carried out by YouGov for the Scottish Government, found 88% are willing to provide details of contacts if they develop coronavirus symptoms.

The same proportion also said they would want a test – if at all possible – if they develop symptoms.

Asked if they “understand the importance of testing to stop the spread of coronavirus”, 91% of respondents said they do.

The survey was carried out between May 19 and May 21, before both the introduction of the Test and Protect scheme and the controversy caused by the Prime Minister’s senior aide Dominic Cummings flouting lockdown guidance.

Speaking on Thursday after the First Minister announced an easing of lockdown, Scottish Conservative leader Jackson Carlaw said: “Nicola Sturgeon admitted to being nervous about this phase of the exit and no wonder.

“It will only work if testing is up to scratch, and so far that has not been the case.

“We still don’t really know what happened to the 2000 tracers who were meant to be in place by the end of the month, nor how long it will be until the system is in full swing.”

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Scottish Labour leader Richard Leonard said: “We want to see the Test and Protect system work effectively in stopping the spread of Covid-19 but for there to be confidence in the system there must be assurances from the government that all the testing capacity available is fully used – this hasn’t been the case so far.”

Anyone with the symptoms of Covid-19 – a new continuous cough, temperature, loss or change in sense of taste or smell – can go online to nhsinform.scot to book a test.

People who cannot access the internet can also call 0800 028 2816.

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Celtic hope SPFL issue fixture list ‘as soon as possible’

Scottish Premiership champions have said they welcome timetable set out by authorities on Friday.

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Celtic: Club hope SPFL will release fixture list 'as soo as possible'.

Celtic have said they hope the SPFL will issue the fixture calendar for the new season “as soon as possible”.

The league body has set a “firm target” of starting the 2020/21 Premiership season, behind closed doors, on the weekend of August 1.

However, that is conditional upon Scotland reaching phase two in its route map out of the coronavirus lockdown – the stage at which professional sport such as football and rugby is allowed to return.

Following Friday’s meeting involving Scottish Government and footballing authorities, Premiership clubs were given permission to return to training from June 11.

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Talks are ongoing about restarting football in the lower leagues.

A statement from the Parkhead club said on Saturday: “Celtic has been working tirelessly to do all we can to assist in achieving a return to football and we would hope the SPFL are in a position as soon as possible, to issue the fixture calendar for the forthcoming season.”

Peter Lawwell, the club’s chief executive, added: “Everyone at Celtic warmly welcomes the decision in principle to a phased return to training and matches, while fully accepting that all decisions made in this regard must continue to have the safety and well-being of all concerned at their core.

“The past few months have been extremely difficult for supporters, players, staff and clubs right across the game.

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“While we accept there will be no immediate return to normality, we are moving in the right direction and we thank our fans for their patience, understanding and support during these unprecedented times.”


Man struck by car in hit-and-run murder bid

The incident, which police are treating as attempted murder, happened in Blantyre on Friday.

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Hit-and-run: Police treating it as attempted murder.

A man is suffering life threatening injuries after being struck by a car in a hit-and-run.

The incident, which police are treating as attempted murder, happened in Anderson Gardens, Blantyre, at around 7.40am on Friday. 

A man was deliberatly hit by a silver Peugeot and was taken Queen Elizabeth University Hospital.

Detective Sergeant Laura Sands said: “This was a reckless act that has resulted in a man sustaining life threatening injuries. 

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“Although this happened early in the morning, I would ask that if anyone noticed a car matching this description or any suspicious activity in the area to contact police. 

“We believe the car may have driven in the direction of Glasgow Road and would ask anyone with any information to please come forward.

“I would also appeal to those who have possible dashcam footage that could assist with our investigation to get in touch with officers.”


Diabetics make up almost 20% of Covid-19 hospital deaths

Almost a fifth of coronavirus-related deaths in hospitals across Scotland have been diabetics, according to figures.

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Nurses are being made to share equipment, one says.

Almost a fifth of coronavirus-related deaths in hospitals across Scotland have been diabetics, according to official figures.

The statistics have sparked calls for protection and guidelines for those with the condition as lockdown restrictions begin to ease.

It follows similar reports diabetics made up 30% of fatalities in hospitals south of the border.

Figures obtained by the PA news agency from the National Records of Scotland show 554 of those who died with Covid-19 mentioned on their death certificates up to May 24 also had diabetes.

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That is almost 15% of the 3779 total coronavirus deaths at that time.

Out of the 1760 people who died in hospital with the virus, 341 were diabetics – 19%.

Angela Mitchell, national director at Diabetes Scotland said: “The recent statistics underline the urgent need to ensure people with diabetes are protected and supported, especially as lockdown measures are eased.

“There must be assurances that people with diabetes should not be put in a situation that puts them at risk at work.

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“Employers must put measures in place to keep people with diabetes safe, either by supporting people to work at home or, where this is not possible, by putting people with diabetes on furlough or by putting measures in place to allow stringent social distancing for those key workers who absolutely must be at work.

“We need to make sure that the new Government workplace guidelines work for people with diabetes.”

The figures also show 10% of people who died in care homes had the condition – 175 out of 1749 – and diabetics made up 14% of those who died at home – 38 out of 264.

Both type one and type two diabetics are included in the numbers, without a breakdown.

The most recent Scottish Diabetic Survey shows there were more than 304,000 people with the condition in Scotland in 2018, making up 5.6% of the population.

A Scottish Government spokesman said: “We recognise the challenges faced on a daily basis by people living with diabetes.

“Specific support programmes are in place for people living with Type 1 and Type 2 Diabetes.

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“We keep all clinical guidance under review and continue to work with our advisors – including a specific diabetes speciality advisor.

“If anyone with diabetes has any concerns about their condition, they should contact their GP or their diabetes clinical team.

“They will be able to provide specific advice and support based on their individual circumstances.”


What’s it like being pregnant during a pandemic?

Mums-to-be feeling even more concerned during what is already an anxious period of their life.

Pregnant women are in the ‘vulnerable’ category during the coronavirus pandemic.

That’s left many feeling even more concerned during what is already an anxious time in their life.

Scotland Tonight spoke with mum-to-be Lauren McNally about what she’s going through.

You can access the latest NHS advice for pregnant women and Covid-19 here: https://www.nhsinform.scot/illnesses-and-conditions/infections-and-poisoning/coronavirus-covid-19/parents-and-families/coronavirus-covid-19-pregnancy-and-newborn-babies


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