Two Celtic fans stabbed in Rome ahead of Europa League match

The two fans were thought to have been attacked outside an Irish bar in the city.

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Two Celtic fans have been stabbed in the centre of Rome ahead of tonight’s Europa League match.

It’s thought fans were attacked by a faction of the Lazio support outside Flan O’Brien’s Irish bar in the city centre.

Celtic are due to play Lazio in a Europa League clash at the Stadio Olimpico on Thursday evening.

Tensions were high amid warnings Lazio fans were upset over banners displayed at Celtic Park during their previous meeting in Glasgow last month.

Italian police said the injured pair were taken to hospital for treatment, with one released on Thursday morning.

A 35-year-old is still in hospital with lower abdomen wound.

Liam Graham, a Celtic fan from Glasgow, witnessed the attack, which he described as “totally unprovoked”.

“It was totally unprovoked. Actually can’t believe it, it’s an absolute disgrace,” he told STV News.

“I headed to the bar to meet up my mates when out of nowhere four or five guys started coming towards the Celtic fans sitting outside.

“One of them attacked a guy just sitting enjoying himself and then it all just kicked off. Hopefully the guy is alright but it was terrible.

“Once the police stepped in they fled but it was a total disgrace. We shouldn’t have to fear for our lives on a trip to watch Celtic know what I mean.

“Honestly didn’t know what was going to happen but it was just panic in case me or any of my mates were injured but thankfully not.

” I want to send my best to the guys though, hopefully they’re alright.”

Celtic issued guidance for the 9000 travelling supporters earlier this week amid safety concerns.

Supporters are advised to avoid wearing club colours while walking around Rome, particularly in the evening, stay in large groups where possible and keep a low profile.

A spokesperson for Celtic said: “We can confirm that two fans have been injured after being stabbed last night.

“Both are now in hospital and will receive every support from the club and the British consulate in Rome.

“Again we would strongly advise supporters to closely follow all guidance issued by the club.”

A video has also emerged of Celtic fans being attacked in Rome’s Baccanale bar.

Kevin McGuire posted footage of the bar’s windows being smashed on Wednesday night, stating: “Such a normal bar, not even a Celtic hint about it. 

“No singing, no colours. Took us a by complete surprise.”

Police helped to escort the fans to safety.

The Glasgow club and Lazio were charged by Uefa over “illicit chants” heard during their Europa League match on October 24.

Celtic were also charged over the display of an “illicit banner” during the game, which they won 2-1.


Medics raise ‘grave concerns’ over coronavirus protection gear

More than 100 health professionals have signed a letter to the Scottish Government.

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PPE: Medics raise concerns in open letter.

Health care workers have raised “grave concerns” over the adequacy of protective equipment provided to them while treating coronavirus patients.

More than 100 medical professionals said they were in the “frontline battle against an invisible enemy”.

They have signed an open letter to the Scottish Government over the issue, which they say is leaving them and their patients at risk.

The letter also states that the virus has caused “upheaval” and that people are suffering from anxiety as a result of death rates. By Tuesday, a total of 296 people had died in Scotland from Covid-19.

It says: “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.

“At present with current PPE we believe that the risk of becoming infected and/or passing infection between patients as a consequence of inadequate protection is simply too great.”

Medics say they have been given “thin plastic aprons” which cover “very little” of their bodies and surgical masks that don’t protect them from anything airborne, as well as “flimsy” eye cover which does not offer enough protection.

The letter says: “Even the World Health Organisation guidelines state a surgical gown is a minimum, but here in Scotland we should be doing so much better for our dedicated health care workers who are risking their well-being daily to help combat this potentially fatal virus.”

The Scottish Government has been contacted for comment.

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10.16am: Pub’s tribute to health workers

Grace’s Bar in the Merchant City area of Glasgow has paid a striking tribute to NHS workers.

The venue, known as a Celtic pub, is closed during lockdown and wanted to brighten its boarded-up windows.

Bar owner Paul Kelly said: “We felt the need to board up the windows as a precaution for extra safety and security and it suddenly hit us that everything we have worked for as a team and a community was in ruins.  

“We could have advertised our venue but that wasn’t right either when there are people out there fighting for their lives and others on the frontline battling this virus.

How the boarded-up windows of Grace’s bar look.

“We are a sports bar, mainly Celtic fans but we have many fans from other teams who visit regularly too and we’ll all really miss the place during this closure.

“However the message is still the same, we want to help remind everyone to stay at home.  It is Easter weekend which is meant to be a holiday, a time of joy and it would be easy to forget our commitments to stay safe, so we wrote this message as a reminder that it is more important than ever to stay home and help in this fight. We are all in this together.”

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.

Coronavirus outbreak causes 12 cases at elderly care home

Pitkerro Care Home confirmed five residents and seven staff have so far tested positive.

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Care home: Owners praised the 'courage and commitment' of staff during the crisis.

An outbreak of Covid-19 has hit an elderly care home in Dundee, with 12 confirmed cases so far.

Pitkerro Care Home on the outskirts of the city revealed on Tuesday night five residents and seven members of staff have been infected with the virus.

The victims are showing mild symptoms.

A spokesperson for the home said: “We know this will cause significant worry, especially amongst the friends and relatives of our residents and staff, but we remain committed to doing all we can to mitigate the risks.

“Five residents and seven members of staff have tested positive for the virus. At the moment, they are all only showing mild symptoms. We are pleased to see that some of their symptoms are also improving.

“That said, we will not be complacent, and have already taken quick and decisive action to prevent transmission.”

The home has capacity for 70 residents and is owned by Hudson Healthcare. It specialises in Alzheimer’s care for over 65s.

The spokesman added: “In line with Public Health Scotland guidance, we have upgraded the personal protective equipment provided to staff.

‘Together, we will beat this virus.’

Pitkerro Care Home

“Similarly, we are enforcing isolation and social distancing rules more stringently in the best interests of our residents and staff.

“Our approach is kept constantly under review in partnership with Dundee City Council, Public Health Scotland and the Care Inspectorate.

“Throughout this crisis, we have been blown away by the courage and commitment of our staff.

“We know this will continue so that our residents can continue to receive the best possible care. Together, we will beat this virus.”

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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.


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.

Plans for seven-unit business hub development approved

Work is set to start in autumn on land within Kirkcaldy's Dunnikier business park.

Plans: Kirkcaldy's Dunnikier business park.

Plans to develop a new business hub in Fife by building seven units have been approved.

Work is set to start in autumn on land within Kirkcaldy’s Dunnikier business park.

The premises are being built through the Industrial Innovation Investment Programme (IIIP), Fife’s flagship project as part of the £1.3bn Edinburgh & South East Scotland City Region Deal.

Alongside the new homes for small businesses, the construction will include solar panels and a new access road as well as car parking.

The Investment Programme is expected to create 600 short-term construction jobs and a further 1000 permanent skilled positions. jobs.

Neil Crooks, the convener for the Kirkcaldy Area Committee, said: “This is a major economic opportunity for the businesses that will be able to expand into the new units.

“We know that demand in Kirkcaldy is strong for this type of unit, so the emphasis is very much on getting these ready for tenants as quickly as possible.

“This is another important step forward in delivering the ten-year programme that will encourage more businesses to locate and grow within Fife, and secure a further £30m of investment by the private sector.”

Michael Matheson, the cabinet secretary for transport, infrastructure and connectivity, added: “These deals benefit Scotland as a whole and have the power to build on an area’s significant strengths and expertise.

“Fife’s flagship industrial innovation investment programme is a perfect example of this and I’m delighted to see it progressing.”


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.”

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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.”

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