Bristol University has warned students remaining in the city they could be fined £800 and receive other penalties if they flout the government’s social distancing policies, after reports of “anti-social behaviour”.

The university said it wanted to send a message that “this kind of behaviour is not acceptable”. Sarah Purdy, Bristol’s pro-vice-chancellor for student experience, said:

We have very regrettably received a small number of reports of anti-social behaviour by students in both residences and in the local community, including disregarding the advice around social distancing and isolation. This behaviour is unacceptable and will not be tolerated by the university.

We expect students to comply with the government guidance -to not do so is risking the health and safety of the community around you, including fellow students, and staff who are working hard and at their own risk to support you.

Disregarding the guidance may lead to the university taking disciplinary action. Penalties for this include fines of up to £800 and a recording of the misconduct and penalty on your central university record, which may be referred to in references.

Students need to be aware that we will pursue such misconduct to the full extent possible given the gravity of the current threat to our university community and wider society.

Scotland’s chief medical officer says ‘clinical reasons’ justified Prince Charles getting coronavirus test

Scotland’s chief medical officer, Catherine Calderwood, has said she is satisfied that Prince Charles was tested for the coronavirus for “clinical reasons”, after questions were raised on social media whether he had jumped the queue.

It emerged on Wednesday that Charles, known as the Duke of Rothesay in Scotland, was in self-isolation with his wife, Camilla, at their Scottish home, Birkhall, on the Balmoral estate in Deeside with mild coronavirus symptoms.

He was tested by NHS Grampian staff, and Calderwood said she had contacted the team involved. “From the information I have been given it was clear he was tested for clinical reasons,” she said.

Calderwood added that they were pleased he was doing well and, like most who contracted the virus, had had mild symptoms.

Nicola Sturgeon, the first minister, was asked whether Charles and Camilla had ignored her plea over the weekend for second home owners and caravan owners not to travel to Scotland in the hope they could “outrun the virus”.

She repeated her plea for people to resist the urge to flee to the Highlands to avoid putting NHS services under greater pressure, but added: “Obviously, there are people who have homes in Scotland and people will choose to go to their homes.”

Sturgeon also disclosed that another six people had died from Covid-19 in the past 24 hours in Scotland, taking the overall death toll to 22. She said 51 people with the virus or its symptoms were in intensive care; community transmission was now widespread, she added.

Scotland’s chief medical officer Catherine Calderwood.

Scotland’s chief medical officer Catherine Calderwood. Photograph: WPA Pool/Getty Images


At a time when many local newspapers are hit by reductions in advertising and concerns about home deliveries, the Courier in Dundee is working hard to buck the trend.

Today it is harnessing the collective cartoon might of the DC Thomson group, of which the Courier is a part, to publish a pull-out of puzzles and games for kids, which readers can access free online.

In what is believed to be the first daily corona-kids supplement in the country, you’ll find repurposed content from the Beano, Unicorn Universe, Sweet Princess Magic and Games magazine.

The paper, which serves the Tayside and Fife area, is now being produced almost entirely from home, and also offering readers full access to its e-paper and website for three months.

David Clegg

> 11 pages of Covid-19 coverage
> Latest govt advice on lockdown and symptoms
> All the usual local news and sport
> Motoring supplement
> Eight pages of puzzles and kids’ games
Wednesday’s Courier available in shops, online or via home delivery #buyapaper #TomorrowsPapersToday

March 24, 2020

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