Scottish papers: Long Covid feared and ‘princess and peace’

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legendThe Herald says thousands of Scots live with long symptoms of Covid one year after diagnosis. The newspaper’s report on the lasting impact of the virus comes as the number of daily cases in Scotland ‘crossed the 4,000 mark’ for the first time.
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legendThe i also leads with the latest Covid statistics for Scotland. The Scottish government on Thursday confirmed that 4,234 people had tested positive, the highest daily total since the start of the pandemic. The news comes amid warnings that the country’s tracing system cannot keep up with the volume of cases.
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legendThe Scotsman reports that Covid-related staff absences have doubled in the NHS in two months. In addition to unprecedented daily figures, the newspaper reports that the overwhelmed Test and Protect contact tracing service reaches less than a third of positive cases within 24 hours.
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legendThe Daily Telegraph says the tracking problems add to the wave of viruses in Scotland. The newspaper also reports that Prime Minister Boris Johnson is set to confront Angela Merkel over Covid travel restrictions during her last official visit to the UK as German Chancellor.
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legendThe Scottish Daily Express highlights the admission of Professor Jason Leitch, Scotland’s national clinical director, that the country’s Test and Protect system is under strain due to the volume of new cases. Like most of the front pages, it also features a photo of Princes William and Harry unveiling a statue of their late mother, Princess Diana.
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legend“The Princess and the Peace” is the Scottish Sun’s interpretation of the ceremony. It was the brothers’ first appearance together since the Duke of Edinburgh‘s funeral in April. Prince Harry has alluded to difficulties between him and Prince William since stepping down from royal duties last year.
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legendThe Scottish Daily Mail said Princes William and Harry were “together … but still so far apart”. There was “precious little time for a glass of champagne” after the ceremony and “certainly no heart to heart”, according to the newspaper.
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legendThe Times says Germany is preparing to ease restrictions on British travelers entering the country ahead of a meeting between the Prime Minister and German Chancellor Angela Merkel later. Since the end of May, Germany has made the entry of Britain “largely impossible” in an attempt to control the spread of the Delta variant, he adds. The newspaper also publishes an article saying that ministers have drawn up “sweeping” plans to cut carbon emissions that would increase gas bills and the cost of running a car by hundreds of pounds a year.
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legendThe Tube reports that the ceremony in Kensington Palace’s redesigned Sunken Garden took place on what would have been Princess Diana’s 60th birthday. Harry, who lives in the United States with his wife, the Duchess of Sussex, and their two children, arrived in the UK last week to complete his quarantine ahead of the event.
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legendThe National is leading with SNP criticism of the UK government for waiting until the 11th hour to extend the deadline for settlement status for EU citizens. The newspaper reports that it was announced after the Prime Minister told Ian Blackford, the party’s leader in Westminster, that it was not necessary.
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legendThe Glasgow Times leads with an exclusive interview with a woman who lost everything after a fire broke out in a building in Pollokshields.
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legendThe front page of the Evening Telegraph features CCTV captures of a “senior” suspect stealing a car in broad daylight. The newspaper borrows its title from a successful video game: “Grandad Theft Auto”.
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legendThe Edinburgh Evening News reports that eight homeowners absent on a street have been banned from renting their properties on Airbnb.
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legendThe Courier features a cheerful image of a young girl jumping past lavender fields in Fife. The newspaper also carries an appeal from NHS health officials Tayside as hospitalizations from the virus nearly double.
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legendThe Press and Journal is leading with a “rapid increase” in Covid cases in Stonehaven, which has resulted in the closure of a number of businesses in the city.
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legendThe Evening Express reports that a scooter driver tripled his fundraising goal after a “truly epic” charity trip.
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legendAnd finally, the Daily Star affirms that “extraterrestrials fought with French Top Guns”.

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