Scotland papers: ‘Cut the isolation rules’ and the Omicron summit yet

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A number of Scottish titles are reporting calls for cuts to the 10-day self-isolation rules. It comes after the U.S. Public Health Agency said people could leave after five days, provided their symptoms had disappeared. The Scottish Daily Mail says the current rules “cripple” businesses and public services.

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The Times reports on the impact of staff shortages within the NHS due to Covid infections. The newspaper says that if the Scottish and British governments follow calls from some scientists, hospitality chiefs and Tory MPs to cut back on the self-isolation period, then it could “avert” an NHS staff crisis.

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The Herald leads the way with a quote from the British Medical Association (BMA), which said that some doctors are at “breaking point” due to fatigue. BMA Chairman, Dr. Lewis Morrison, said improving working conditions for doctors should be “at the top of the government’s to-do list”, the newspaper writes.

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The Scotsman highlights that the calls for self-isolation are coming as the prime minister is set to update Holyrood on the latest Omicron data. The newspaper says that preliminary figures indicate that there were record high Covid cases over Christmas.

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The Scottish Sun leads with a forecast from the National Clinical Director that Omicron cases will not peak for another three weeks. Prof Jason Leitch said there are no “tailor-made” figures yet, which according to the newspaper suggest that tough restrictions could be pushed back.

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I’t suggests that there may be a deterioration in the middle of yet another day of rising Covid infections across the UK – although hospital cases are rising, it says serious illness from Omicron “remains lower”. The newspaper also reports that NHS staff are “falling like flies” due to the high Covid infection rates.

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The Daily Telegraph reports that some people in the UK are still being asked to be quarantined for the entire 10-day period, “although the government has said this can be cut to a week or less for most people, provided they test negative” .

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The Scottish Daily Express says Prof Leitch apologized for what it calls a PCR test “scammer”. It says hundreds of people waited four days for test results as demand rose sharply before Christmas.

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National is leading a Conservative MP accused of using “British nationalist and colonial language” by an academic after calling the decentralized nations “principalities”.

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The Daily Record reports that people in Scotland have been cheated of £ 15 million by Irish puppy gangs in the last year – a claim made by animal welfare investigators.

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Similarly, the Evening Express says criminal gangs hire Airbnbs in the north and north east of Scotland to sell seriously ill puppies. It says the pandemic has caused an increase in demand for pets and subsequently the illegal trade.

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The Press and Journal leads with the results of an investigation into fatal accidents involving the deaths of two fishermen on Loch Fyne in 2018. The newspaper says the investigation determined that the deaths could have been avoided if their trawler had not been “inherently unstable”.

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The Evening Telegraph leads the way with a brutal attack on a police officer who left their foot “pointing in the wrong direction”.

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The Edinburgh Evening News is leading the way with a store owner in Haymarket who is now fearing for his life after what he believes was a targeted attack. The newspaper says a man threw a monoblock through the shop window on Sunday, which missed the owner’s head “by the inch”.

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The Glasgow Times pictures a van that was set on fire and left at Lambhill Cemetery in Maryhill. The newspaper says the vehicle has still not been removed after it was repeatedly driven over graves on December 2nd.

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The Courier is leading with an apology from Persimmon Homes after its recent attempt to solve long-standing sewage problems in a Kinross development caused damage to cars in the area.

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“Space warfare” is the headline in the Daily Star as it reports that China has complained to the UN – claiming that satellites launched by Tesla chief Elon Musk had “a near-miss with its space station”.

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