Four men groomed a teenage girl with gifts, drugs and alcohol before raping and sexually exploiting her in Glasgow.
Aivars Hauberts, Ailands Aleksanders, Ludvigs Rudevics and Hardis Gindra first targeted the youngster in 2015.
After buying the schoolgirl gifts and supplying her with alcohol and drugs the men raped and sexually assaulted the minor.
She was then driven around the city to several locations including Castlemilk and Kennishead where she was further exploited.
Hauberts, 21, Aleksanders, 22 and 35-year-old Rudevics have now all been convicted of raping the girl with Gindra, 27, found guilty of consensual sex with a child.
The gang were caught following a four year investigation by the Greater Glasgow Child Abuse Unit and jailed on Thursday at the High Court.
Aleksanders and Gindra were both arrested and charged in 2015.
The investigation continued and a European Arrest Warrant was issued for Rudevics and Hauberts who were traced and arrested in Latvia and extradited to Scotland last year.
Detective Inspector Christopher Nisbet, senior investigating officer for this case, said: “A huge amount of credit and praise must be given to the victim who bravely came forward and spoke to the police.
“We spent a lot of time with her to build this case and today’s conviction could not have been achieved without her courage.
“People who are involved in the sexual exploitation of children prey on vulnerabilities and use a number of tactics to groom their victim. It’s a despicable crime. I must also praise the work of social services at Renfrewshire Council who worked alongside us to help the victim move on with her life, which she has managed to do.
“We would encourage anyone who has been a victim of sexual crimes or anyone who has any information about similar crimes in their area to contact Police Scotland on 101.“
The men are due to be sentenced on Tuesday, 17 March, 2020.
Council tax rates are set to rocket by almost 5% in Scotland’s two biggest cities.
Local authorities in Glasgow and Edinburgh agreed their budgets on Thursday, with the Scottish capital to raise council tax by the maximum 4.8% allowed by the Scottish Government.
Meanwhile, Glasgow City Council will increase rates to 4.64% after the SNP minority administration struck a deal with Green councillors.
In Edinburgh, the SNP-Labour coalition is seeking to make savings of £88m, while Glasgow councillors agreed to £42m of cuts.
The effect of the rate increase would mean, in Edinburgh, paying around £83 a year more in council tax a year for a Band D property.
In Glasgow, the same band will cost around £82 extra annually in council tax.
Both cities generally charge council tax in ten monthly instalments from April to January, meaning monthly bills for Band D residents will rise by more than £8.
This morning, protesters gathered outside the Edinburgh City Council ahead of the anticipated cutbacks, with hits to funding ultimately agreed for education, health and social care services.
Over the next three years, more than £9m will be stripped from adult health and social care services, while replacing swathes of nursery teachers with early years practitioners is expected to save £900,000.
Funding for community policing will be pulled, saving an estimated £2.1m, and free music tuition will be “reassessed” with the potential for a £500,000 saving.
In Glasgow, the city’s public golf courses have also been earmarked for change with plans to remodel how the facilities are run, intending to save around £750,000.
Glasgow could also introduce a charge for bulk uplift, which has previously been free.
And the Blairvadach centre in Helensburgh, where many Glasgow school pupils have been able to experience outdoor activities, will close.
A schoolboy who “internally decapitated” a 61-year-old man after repeatedly stamping on his head has been handed a life sentence for murder.
17-year-old boy killed Frank Sinclair in a brutal attack which took place in
East Kilbride in January 2019.
youth, who cannot be named for legal reasons, preyed on Mr Sinclair because he
believed the pensioner had earlier pushed him outside a community hall.
The schoolboy scraped his face off a wall at the complex and this caused him to attack Mr Sinclair.
High Court in Glasgow heard how the boy and three schoolgirls found Mr Sinclair
lying on the ground at the rear of the community centre at around 8pm.
A pathologist told jurors that the blows were so intense that Mr Sinclair’s spine had been severed.
Thursday, at the High Court in Edinburgh, judge Lord Burns told the boy that
he’d have to serve at least 11 years in custody.
the boy that he’d only be released when the parole board were satisfied that he
no longer posed a threat to public safety, Lord Burns added: “You by your
actions killed Mr Sinclair in an attack which was so far as I can see wholly
unprovoked by him.
proceeded to stamp on a vulnerable and immobile 61-year-old man who you had
encountered lying on the ground.
this terrible act you killed him and deprived his family and friends of his
love and companionship and they will have to live with that for the rest of
their lives and you have to live with that for the rest of your life.
acted as you did so it is the most serious of crime. You fled the scene knowing
Mr Sinclair had been injured.”
boy was convicted of murder following a trial last month.
He was also found guilty of an unprovoked attack on an 18-year-old man by punching him on the head and body at Westwood Stores, in East Kilbride’s Leeward Circle.
At proceedings last month, a teenager told the court how she, two other girls and the boy, found Mr Sinclair lying on the ground.
said the boy tried to help Mr Sinclair by lifting him up from the ground, but
both fell and the boy injured his face, scraping it off the side of the
of the girls phoned for an ambulance and the teenage boy walked away.
court then heard how the boy returned about 15 minutes later with the witness
adding: “He was more annoyed than he left.”
girl, who is also 17, said one of her girlfriends grabbed the boy and tried to
hold him back but failed.
girl, who also can’t be identified, said: “He ran up to Mr Sinclair, raised his
foot and put it down on his face.
could hear the sound of his foot hitting the head – the stamps were hard and
Sharon Calvert told the court that Mr Sinclair had been “internally
decapitated” after having his head repeatedly stamped on.
said Mr Sinclair had 19 injuries to his face and neck including a fractured
internal examination showed that a vertebrae at the top of the spine near the
larynx was fractured.
Sinclair’s friend David Henderson,50, said he had been with him earlier in the
evening and had enjoyed some drinks.
said that he left Mr Sinclair at around 6pm and his pal was sitting on the
steps of the community centre rolling a cigarette.
teenager gave evidence during proceedings. He admitted to prosecution lawyer
Liam Ewing QC that he attacked Mr Sinclair.
Mr Ewing asked what his intention was as Mr Sinclair lay on the ground, the
teenager replied: “To hurt him.”
added: “I just lost my temper. I just lost it. I thought he’d be knocked out.
didn’t know what I did to him would kill him.”
Thursday, defence advocate Bert Kerrigan QC told Lord Burns that his client
came from a stable background and a loving family.
the court heard the accused had anger management issues and had a “propensity
to resort to violence.”
Kerrigan added: “It is a sad feature.”
Mr Kerrigan also told the court his client had expressed remorse for his actions.
added: “I would ask your lordship to exercise a degree of leniency and to take
his age and his contrition into account when passing sentence.”
Lord Burns also sentenced the boy to two years to in relation to the assault charge. He ordered this sentence to be served concurrently with the 11-year punishment part.
Burns added: “I must pass sentence of detention without limit of time.”
Plans to make it easier and quicker for people to change their
gender could be approved before next year’s election, the cabinet secretary
responsible for the reforms has said.
Shirley-Anne Somerville said the Scottish Government is “determined” to press ahead with the controversial proposals, which include removing the requirement to provide medical evidence to a panel before you can switch gender.
The draft legislation would also lower the minimum age of applicants from 18 to 16, and reduce the time an applicant has to spend in their new gender before being legally recognised from two years to six months.
Speaking to STV’s Scotland Tonight, with around a month to go of a public consultation on the government’s plans, Somerville insisted she aims to build “maximum consensus” around them.
The draft Bill would keep the stipulation that applicants must make a solemn
statutory declaration they have been living in their acquired gender for three
months and intend to do so permanently.
A minimum three-month period of reflection between applying for a Gender
Recognition Certificate (GRC) and confirming the application would also be
introduced as part of the draft legislation.
It would mean applicants must have lived in their acquired gender for a
minimum of six months before a certificate is granted – just a quarter of the
time people have to wait under the current system.
The Scottish Government insists its proposals are in line with international
best practice, but stalled its plans last summer to conduct further consultation
amid controversy and resistance, including from within its own ranks.
Chief among the concerns of opponents is that a system of so-called
self-identitication, or self ID, will be abused by predatory men to get into
women’s spaces, with examples frequently cited including women’s toilets and
But Somerville said there had been “a lot of misunderstandings” –
raised alongside legitimate concerns and questions – about the government’s
‘We have women’s rights and we have trans rights – I don’t see those aspects as mutually exclusive.’
She told STV: “I absolutely appreciate that women’s rights are exceptionally important.
“They have been long-fought for and long-campaigned on and there is absolutely nothing I would do as a member of this government to jeopardise any of that.
“So that’s why I really do make sure that I listen to the concerns that are out there on the issue, because we not only want to protect what we have as women but we want to make sure our rights are extended.”
She added: “We have women’s rights and we have trans rights – I don’t see those aspects as mutually exclusive.”
The minister emphasised the legal right of people to change gender has been enshrined in law since Westminster passed the 2004 Gender Recognition Act.
“That right has to exist. We are required to have that and I think that’s quite right,” Somerville added.
She continued: “What we’re talking about here isn’t something that’s new. These people are in our community, they’re part of our community.
“But they talk to us very specifically about how the current system deeply impacts on them, about the state of their mental health and particularly the high suicide rates within the trans community because they can’t be recognised for who they are.”
Somerville added: “These may be a small number of people in our Scottish population but their rights are very important.”
The cabinet secretary pledged to “move forward” with the government’s plans despite accepting they had “generated a lot of heat”, and urged people with an interest to contribute to the consultation which ends on March 17.
Asked if the legislation would be passed by the end of this parliament, Somerville answered: “Yes – it can be done in time for next year’s election.”
But one vocal opponent of the plans within the government’s own backbench ranks, SNP MSP Joan McAlpine, claims the measures are “ideological”.
McAlpine said: “It’s a really profound change because you’re expanding the group of people who can change their sex from a small group of people who have gender dysphoria, which is diagnosed, to a much larger group of people who have no medical diagnosis and who could be changing sex for all sorts of reasons.
“It’s an ideological move, not an administrative move.
“We’re just saying this change in the law which says sex is a feeling in your head is unscientific, wrong and dangerous.”
But the Scottish Government officially has support for the principle of self ID from all of Holyrood’s opposition parties except the Scottish Conservatives, despite notable internal divisions on the issue within Scottish Labour.
Scottish Greens co-leader Patrick Harvie said: “Those battles are not going to be won for progressive values if we see the equality movement fragmented.
“We know that there are forces, particularly on the religious right, who see this issue of trans people’s rights as a wedge to fragment and split an equality movement that is too strong for them to oppose when we are united.
“To see some of the rhetoric that I remember so weirdly from the 80s and 90s, from the Section 28 era, it was directed at gay men, lesbians, bisexual people in those days.
“It is now being directed at trans people with exactly the same venom, and it’s being done in a way that risks fragmenting our community.”
Analysis: ‘This debate has sparked bitter divisions’
By STV political correspondent Ewan Petrie
measures have provoked the levels of division, anger and abuse as plans to
reform the Gender Recognition Act.
is a debate that has polarised opinion and split campaign groups.
is also one where abuse has become a prominent feature.
of it is online. Both sides say they are on the receiving end, and both sides
has also become a highly sensitive political issue, with the proposals seeing
bitter divisions within different parties – including the SNP which is pushing
forward the reforms.
50 of its members set up the Women’s Pledge last year to uphold women’s rights.
has the support of senior members, who are urging the First Minister not to
rush ahead with the plans.
the new bill becomes law, Scotland would follow countries like Argentina,
Malta, Canada and Ireland which have adopted self-identity systems, while changes
to the law in England and Wales are being considered.
public consultation on the proposals ends next month
Scottish Government would then have to have legislation passed within the next
year if it is to avoid this becoming an election issue next May.
‘The current system is offensive and intrusive’
James Morton began his transition as a teenager in the 1990s, before legal rights protecting trans people were put in place.
It was also back when Section 28 was still in force and prevented teachers from providing any information on LGBT issues.
He went on to manage the charity the Scottish Trans Alliance.
“I’m one of the people who has applied for a GRC and I found it really offensive and really stressful trying to get that birth certificate changed,” said James.
“It just felt really humiliating to give that to a panel of strangers for them to decide if I was distressed enough to merit getting my birth certificate changed.”
“What we are asking for is for it to be closer in alignment to how you change your passport – and not have the same level of intrusive medical evidence and psychiatric reports and length of time you have to wait from when you’ve changed everything else.”
‘Trans community is being damaged by self-ID’
Hex transitioned more than 10 years ago.
She feels the removal of a medical diagnosis for people going through the gender recognition process robs them of the chance to have other underlying issues addressed.
“For me the medical process was very appropriate. It worked for me, and I don’t see there is anything particularly wrong with it,” Seven said.
“The original Gender Recognition Act was specifically written for and made for transsexual people, and now that’s being carved up to include anyone and everyone.
“There has been a huge resistance to this and rightly so.
“Self ID isn’t even law and yet many principles are currently in practice.
“We can’t then as transsexuals, with this transgender umbrella over us, escape the criticism.
“We take that flak too, and our reputation has been and is being damaged by self ID and its proponents who seek to use transsexuals as the gateway to legitimise what they have done.”
‘Sixteen is too young to decide to permanently switch gender’
Watson transitioned to male in her early 20s, believing it would solve many of
But after a few years living as Sean, she realised she had made a mistake and is now trying to reverse the process.
“I’m not just speaking for myself at this point any more, I’m talking to a lot of other detransitioners,” Sinead told STV.
“There are people who can be so certain in their 20s or their 30s who can still make a mistake.
“The idea that a 16-year-old can sign statutory declarations saying that they intend to permanently live as their acquired gender – I mean, they’re not old enough to smoke, they’re not old enough to drink.
“I find it really concerning that they would deem a 16-year-old emotionally mature and developed enough to have the foresight to say they are going to identify this way for the rest of their lives.”
She added: “I can’t undo what the testosterone has done to me, I can’t undo the double mastectomy.
“I’m only 29 and I need to live with this for the rest of my life, so there is bitterness.”
For more on this debate, tune into Scotland Tonight at 7.30pm on Thursday.
Holyrood has passed historic new legislation that will give foreign nationals and some prisoners the right to vote in Scottish elections.
But MSPs voted down proposals from the Scottish
Greens that would have seem asylum seekers permitted to take part in ballots.
Constitution secretary Mike Russell said while he
had the “greatest sympathy” for the move, there were “practical
concerns” about extending the franchise to asylum seekers.
The passing of the Scottish Elections (Franchise
and Representation) Bill means that foreign nationals, including refugees, will
be allowed to vote in both Holyrood and local council elections.
In addition prisoners serving a sentence of 12
months or less will also be permitted to take part.
Mr Russell hailed the “historic
legislation”, which was approved by 92 votes to 27.
To become law it had needed a “super
majority” of at least 86 MSPs to vote for it – the first time this has
happened at Holyrood.
The extra numbers was required because the
legislation changes the electoral franchise.
Mr Russell said voting needed to be extended to
some prisoners in order for Scotland to comply with the European Court of Human
And while he accepted it was an “emotive
issue” he said the changes were “driven by a compelling need to meet
human rights obligations”.
In contrast he said extending the vote to foreign
nationals as driven by the “reality and the aspiration of modern Scottish
Mr Russell told MSPs: “EU and Commonwealth
citizens already have the franchise. We must also recognise the enormous
contribution brought to our country from people from all over the world, that
is why we are extending the right to vote in devolved elections to all foreign
nationals resident in Scotland who have leave to remain.”
He described this as being a “major step
Green MSP Mark Ruskell had tried to amend the
legislation so that asylum seekers whose case was still being considered could
be given the vote – pointing out they could be “in limbo” for several
years waiting for a decision.
He said: “The right to vote is seen by asylum
seekers as a fundamental human right, for many it is seen as being even as
important as the right to work.
“It is an acknowledgement of their very existence,
it is an acknowledgement that they have a voice, and that they are valued.
“And they see the right to vote as a powerful
invitation to integrate with the community as well. It is a recognition they
are not alien, they are not others, they are part of our communities.”
However MSPs voted by 32 to 87 against the Green
amendments after Mr Russell said electoral registration officers had “practical concerns” about how to
accurately maintain records of eligible asylum seekers.
Meanwhile, Conservative MSP Jamie Halcro Johnston
said: “There can be little hiding from the fact that this Bill will bring
prisoners into our elections, and it will be a consequence of a decision made
here in Holyrood, not one of compliance with a court in Strasbourg.”
He added: “Many simply disagree that
prisoners, people who have stepped beyond the rules set by our society, should
have the right to vote for those who set those rules while they are still being
punished and still have yet to be rehabilitated and reintegrated into our
And while he said only about 900 prisoners across
Scotland would become eligible to vote, he said the SNP had “u-turned on
its previous position” and “jettisoned its own principles”.
Conservatives voted against the Bill, but SNP MSPs, together with Labour, the Greens and the Scottish Liberal Democrats supported it.
After the Bill was passed Lorna Gledhill, policy officer with the Scottish Refugee Council, said: “This is a really significant moment.
“The right to vote is a crucial human right that everyone in Scotland should be able to enjoy.
“The decisions made by the Scottish Parliament and local councils affect everyone living in Scotland. We believe everyone living here should have a say in how the country is run.”
A second half penalty save from Fraser Forster helped Celtic to a 1-1 draw in the first leg of their Europa league last 32 tie with FC Copenhagen.
Odsonne Edouard had given Celtic an early lead but Dame N’Doye equalised after the break before Forster denied Jens Stage from the spot.
Celtic almost had the perfect start when Ryan Christie played Edouard in on goal after just 20 seconds but the Frenchman’s shot was saved by Karl-Johan Johnsson and his attempt from the rebound was cleared.
Edouard then had a second chance just minutes later and was again thwarted by Johnsson, who then saved from Olivier Ntcham.
Third time lucky, Edouard opened the scoring after Ryan Christie has picked out Callum McGregor on the edge of the box and the midfielder played a perfect pass for his striker, who dinked in a composed finish.
In an open match that was allowing both sides plenty of the ball, Celtic had claims for a penalty when Edouard went to ground under close attention from Copenhagen captain Zeca but no spot kick was given.
Neither side was able to add to the scoring in the first half but Celtic would have been the more unhappy at not having made more of their opportunities. After the break Copenhagen found their feet and started to impose themselves on the opposition more.
Their higher tempo approached paid off quickly. Olivier Ntcham lost possession just outside his own penalty area and Rasmus Falk picked out N’Doye, who fired past Fraser Forster.
After 68 minutes, Copenhagen had the chance to take the lead. Referee Sergei Kasarev consulted VAR and awarded a penalty for handball by Ryan Christie.
Stage stepped up and struck the spot kick but Forster got a touch to the low shot and it cannoned back off the post.
Neither side could fashion a late chance and the finely-balanced tie will now be settled in Glasgow next week.
An inspection of a hospital neurology department found it difficult to clean effectively because of the poor state of the building.
Healthcare inspectors recorded mould on shower trays, plug holes and shower curtains, dust and grime on floors and “significant” dust on movable patient equipment at the Institute of Neurological Sciences at the Queen Elizabeth University Hospital (QEUH) in Glasgow.
They also noted “multiple” issues with the building, such as water ingress on ceiling tiles, extensive damage to walls and shower trays and broken PVC sealant on showers, sinks and toilets.
Healthcare Improvement Scotland (HIS) inspectors made an unannounced visit to QEUH, the Institute of Neurological Sciences and the Royal Hospital for Children in November following an earlier inspection in January last year.
Their inspection included child cancer ward 6A, which was closed to new admissions last August after three patients contracted infections – before reopening in November – while inspectors also examined the maternity unit.
NHS Greater Glasgow and Clyde (NHSGGC) has been under pressure after an infections scandal at the flagship £800m QEUH hospital campus, which opened in 2015.
In the report published on Thursday, inspectors said the standard of environmental cleaning has improved in the emergency department and initial assessment unit since their visit in January 2019 and also found good staff compliance with standard infection control precautions.
But it raised concerns about the Institute of Neurological Sciences, which is an older building on the campus.
NHSGGC has been asked for comment.
Ian Smith, head of quality of care at Healthcare Improvement Scotland, said: “Since our previous inspection in January 2019, good progress has been made to meet the requirements in our report.
“The standard of cleaning has improved in the emergency department and initial assessment unit at Queen Elizabeth University Hospital.
“We also saw good staff compliance with standard infection control precautions, including the Royal Hospital for Children.”
He added: “Within the Institute of Neurosciences, some significant repairs had taken place since our last inspection.
“However, the fabric of the building remains in a poor state, making it difficult to effectively clean.”
Inspectors also praised the fact that since their last visit domestic staff have been recruited to ensure flexible cover.
HIS issued one recommendation and 14 requirements, including that the health board must ensure the “patient environment” and patient equipment in the Institute of Neurological Sciences is clean and ready for use to reduce the risk of cross infection and that the “domestic resource meets the demands to enable effective cleaning and ensure infection prevention” in the institute.
The health board has been escalated to level four on a five-level scale of Government involvement in the authority amid concerns over the QEUH.
Meanwhile, a public inquiry will take place to examine issues at the site and the delayed Royal Hospital for Sick Children in Edinburgh.
Dundee is in the running to become home to a £150m battery cell factory.
The investment in
a ‘Giga Plant’, creating around 300 jobs, could be made at the Michelin
Scotland Innovation Parc (MSIP) after the tyre factory closes.
On Thursday, AMTE
Power confirmed at an energy storage event at the MSIP that they’ve narrowed
their location search to Dundee and a site in Teesside.
The company, which
already has a plant in Thurso, is working with the UK Government to develop a
major manufacturing base to make battery packs to power electric vehicles.
“Dundee is one of
two sites which have been selected, so clearly we are entering into a different
stage of our negotiations where we look at how do we make that feasibility
study become a reality for the region,” explained AMTE Power’s John Fox.
“Initially you are
looking at 50 to 100 people, but it will certainly go through several hundred,
probably up to 300 staff in the long term.
“The Michelin site
is attractive to us as it’s an industrial plant, it has all the infrastructure
that we require, but probably the key attraction for us is the people.
“When you walk around
here there is a vibe, they understand the need for quality assurance, they
understand the manufacturing process.”
John Reid, chief
executive of MSIP, added: “The closure of the tyre plant affects 850 people, so
this development would be a significant part of the work that we’re doing to
try to recover the jobs in Dundee.”
AMTE Power says it
needs backing from the Scottish Government to bring the factory to Dundee. If
successful, bosses anticipate it would take two to three years to establish.
which develops hydrogen cells to power vehicles, trains and boats, also intends
to set up a base at the MSIP, creating up to 100 jobs.
The firm’s Dr Ben
Todd said: “What we’d create would be a fuel cell power train development, manufacturing
and after-service centre.
incredible staff here that we can hire, they’re ready, they know each other.
“I’m itching to
sign a lease. If I’m not here in six months I’m going to be really
in November 2018 that it would be closing its plant in Dundee, which
specialises in smaller tyres, because of a shift in the market towards low-cost
products from Asia.
The plant opened
in 1971 and manufacturing is scheduled to stop this summer.
It’s hoped the
£60m MSIP – a joint venture between Michelin, Dundee City Council and Scottish
Enterprise – will create new jobs and investment in clean transport, low
carbon energy and sustainable mobility.
A University of Edinburgh student is fearful over the safety of her family who are living in the centre of the coronavirus outbreak.
Feiya Hu has been able to FaceTime her grandparents, who are on lockdown in Wuhan, China, but said she feels “helpless” as the death toll of the epidemic continues to rise.
Ms Hu, who followed
her parents to Scotland around two decades ago, told STV News: “There doesn’t seem to be an end in sight at the moment because there are
so many people infected.
“Because the numbers are going up and up and up of people being infected and people dying, it’s just all really surreal and we know that our family is so close to everything that’s going on.
“It’s just terrifying.”
Ms Hu’s aunt also lives in the region
and is a doctor within an accident and emergency department.
Ms Hu added: “Both sides of my family are from Wuhan, so all of my extended family are
“We’re all really worried over here
because we’re seeing everything going on – on the news, and seeing it all
unfold online and on social media, so we just feel really helpless and really
far away, and it’s really scary for everybody.”
As of Thursday afternoon, a total of
327 people in Scotland have been tested and given the all-clear.
There have been nine confirmed
infections within the UK.
Overall, there have been at least 2126
deaths and nearly 75,000 confirmed cases.
New facilities have been set up in
Glasgow and Edinburgh to carry out any Scottish tests.
But while laboratories at Glasgow Royal
Infirmary and the Royal Infirmary of Edinburgh will carry out the work, if
someone does test positive for the disease a confirmatory test will be carried
out at Public Health England’s Colindale laboratory in London.
Scotland’s chief medical officer, Dr Catherine Calderwood, said although there have not been any confirmed cases of the virus in the country, there is a “high likelihood” that a patient will test positive for the disease at some point.
Wuhan novel coronavirus is a new strain of coronavirus first identified in Wuhan City, China.
As a group, coronaviruses are common across the world. Typical symptoms of coronavirus include fever and a cough that may progress to a severe pneumonia causing shortness of breath and breathing difficulties.
Generally, coronavirus can cause more severe symptoms in people with weakened immune systems, older people, and those with long-term conditions like diabetes, cancer and chronic lung disease.