Covid-19: Business confidence rising and cases doubling every week in Scotlandon August 31, 2021 at 6:38 am

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Five things you need to know about the coronavirus pandemic this Tuesday morning.

Here are five things you need to know about the coronavirus pandemic this Tuesday morning. We’ll have another update for you this evening.

British business confidence is at its highest since April 2017, amid hopes the economy is recovering strongly to pre-pandemic levels, according to a monthly survey of 1,200 companies. Lloyds Bank Business Barometer suggests growing optimism among UK firms is driven by improvements in trading prospects and expectations of stronger growth in the year ahead, despite concerns over staff shortages and inflation.

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Covid cases in Scotland have roughly doubled every week since most restrictions eased on 9 August, with more than 500 people in hospital with the virus. National clinical director Prof Jason Leitch says the NHS is stretched and elective surgeries could be delayed.

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A teenager in hospital with Covid has warned that the virus “is not a joke for young people”. Maisy Evans, 17, was due to return to sixth form next Monday, but is currently struggling for breath. She says it’s been confirmed a Covid-related clot on her lung was not caused by her first dose of the Pfizer jab. Read Maisy’s story.

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Doctors are welcoming a £6m air technology fund to help stop Covid spreading in schools, colleges and universities. The Welsh government says it will pay for 30,000 CO2 sensors and 1,800 ozone disinfecting machines, developed by Swansea University, to detect a lack of fresh air. The National Association of Head Teachers says “clear guidance” is needed on what action to take when poor air quality is identified.

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Covid has changed the way we dine, it seems, with increased demand for delivery “here to stay”, according to Neil Manhas of Pizza Hut UK. The company is launching 125 new locations over three years to serve home delivery. Nearly a quarter of people spend more on takeaways and food deliveries now than before the pandemic, according to market researcher Mintel. Accountant KPMG says the average spend is up from £38 to £53 a month.

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… you can find more information, advice and guides on our coronavirus page.

As pupils in many areas head back to class this week, here’s our summary of the measures aimed at keeping schools Covid-safe.

Government statistics show 132,485 people have now died, with 48 deaths reported in the latest 24-hour period. In total, 6,757,650 people have tested positive, up 26,476 in the latest 24-hour period. Latest figures show 6,942 people in hospital. In total, 48,024,928 people have received their first vaccination
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