Latest Scottish Government Advice
- Scotland is currently in lockdown to prevent the spread of Coronavirus.
- Scotland is currently progressing to phase 2 of the government routemap for exiting lockdown.
- You should try and stay home as much as possible and only go outside for ‘limited purposes’.
- When outside, you should stay two metres away from others and wash your hands once you get home.
- You should wear a face covering on public transport and enclosed public spaces.
- You may meet two other households with a maximum of eight people outside as long as social distancing measures are observed.
- If you have the following symptoms you must stay at home:
- A high temperature OR
- A loss of your sense of smell or taste OR
- A new and continuous cough i.e. coughing a lot for more than an hour or more than three coughing episodes in a 24 hour period.
- If you have symptoms you should:
- Self-isolate at home for seven days.
- Book a COVID-19 test.
- Ensure everyone in your household self-isolate for 14 days.
- The Foreign and Commonwealth Office currently advise against all but essential travel to the whole world.
- Remember, although frustrating, the lockdown is in place to protect human life and it is everyone’s moral duty to comply with the Government’s advice, we are all in this together.
- Full Scottish Government advice can be found here.
Last Updated: 19th June 2020
Confirmed Cases and Deaths
Cases: 8,908,555 (+156,922)
Deaths: 466,266 (+4,428)
Cases: 303,110 (+1,295)
Deaths: 42,589 (+128)
Cases: 18,130 (+26)
Deaths: 2,472 (+2)
Last Updated: 00:00 21/06/2020 (shows change with yesterday)
Note: Cases only represents confirmed COVID-19 cases, the true number of total cases is higher.
- Live Cases and Death Count
- Interactive Map of Cases by John Hopkins
- World Health Organisation Live Updates
- NHS Choices on COVID-19
- UK Government Advice on COVID-19
- Scottish Government Advice on COVID-19
Exams and UCAS Information
Due to the COVID-19 outbreak, all SQA, GCSE and A-level exams have been cancelled. Candidates will still receive their qualification based on an alternative certification system involving teacher estimates and a moderation process.
You can find the latest UCAS updates here.
- More than 130,000 young people across Scotland are about to receive the results for their National Qualifications, courses, certificates, and awards.
- SQA can now confirm that the Deputy First Minister has directed us to provide an appeals process for centres.
- SQA responds to the letter issued Scottish Parliament's Education and Skills Committee, published on 15 June 2020.
- SQA provides a short update on the work we are doing to make alternative arrangements for the delivery of our qualifications for the 2020-21 session.
- Statement by the Chief Executive of the Scottish Qualifications Authority and Scotlands Chief Examining OfficerEveryone at SQA fully acknowledges the strength of feeling about last week's results among individual learners, their parents and carers – and among wider colleagues in the education system. As the Deputy First Minister has outlined in Parliament today, through a Ministerial direction SQA will change the previous approach to certification this year and instead award candidate results based solely […]
- Join us on Facebook and Instagram for a question and answer session on Wednesday 4 August.
See more information regarding SQA Exams, here.
Last Updated: 19th June 2020
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