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Scotland in brief: March 26, 2020

COP26: The COP26 climate-change summit can still be delivered in Glasgow despite coronavirus concerns, police bosses claim.

The Scottish Police Authority met on Wednesday regarding preparations for the UN event scheduled for November.

A report to the meeting claims organisers still hope the conference will go ahead but that the pandemic would be factored into decisions in the coming months.

HOLYROOD: The Scottish Parliament’s Easter recess is set to be cancelled, with emergency powers still needing to be drawn up. 

Earlier this week it was confirmed that a reduced number of MSPs would now only sit once per week as a safety measure during the virus pandemic. 

SAFETY: An SNP MP has raised concerns about insurance workers being told to continue working at a site in Scotland. 
East Dunbartonshire’s Amy Callaghan said several constituents working for Aviva in Bishopbriggs reported being asked to

continue working or face living on sick pay alone. 

Aviva told the Morning Star that only “essential” workers were being asked to leave their homes, and that all safety precautions were being taken. 

PRIVILEGE: An MSP has expressed surprise that the Prince of Wales was tested for Covid-19 on the NHS.

The SNP’s Joan McAlpine tweeted: “Given his symptoms are said to be mild, like many I wonder how he was tested when many NHS and social-care workers cannot get tested.”

Charles and the Duchess of Cornwall were tested in Aberdeenshire, having ignored government advice not to travel to rural areas. 

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