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Under-5s in hospital

 

In The Herald today, we're leading on an unusual surge in A&E cases in under-5s which coincides with a respiratory outbreak. Our health correspondent Helen McArdle reports thousands more under-fives than normal are presenting at A&E departments.

New figures reveal that 14,012 children under five attended emergency departments over a four-week period up to September 26.


Cambo oilfield

 

In business, Greenpeace has failed in its bid to get a court to revoke BP’s permit for a North Sea oil field. Mark Williamson reports it's a case which could have big implications for the industry.

The campaigning group launched an action in Scotland’s Court of Session in which it claimed that the government wrongly granted BP a permit to develop the 30 million barrel Vorlich field east of Aberdeen without it considering the climate impacts of burning the oil extracted.


Brexit woes?

 

Could Brexit be to blame for a drop in numbers of job candidates available?

A new report from the Royal Bank of Scotland said further marked increases in permanent placements and temporary billings were signalled by recruiters, with the rates of growth remaining close to their respective series records, despite easing since August.


Travel update

Several countries will be moved from the red list on Monday - and Scotland "will not hesitate to reintroduce restrictions” if the coronavirus outbreak deteriorates. Travellers arriving from destinations including South Africa, Mexico and Thailand from 4am on Monday will no longer need to spend 11 nights in a quarantine hotel at a cost of £2,285 for solo travellers.


Rest and Be Thankful closure

Scotland's most notorious road shut last night as a "safety precaution" due to a forecast of heavy rain - despite £8.5m of attempted fixes over five years.

The landslip-prone A83 at the Rest and be Thankful closed from 3.30pm on Thursday as a Met Office yellow weather warning indicates rain until Saturday afternoon.


Herald Voices

Today, we're bringing you analysis from Maggie Ritchie, Michael Settle, David Leask and Rebecca McQuillan.

In his column, David Leask asks: Will unionists ever acknowledge their nationalism? He asks if politicians will respect each other’s sense of state and nation.

As Boris seeks to guide us through the cold turkey transition towards those post-Brexit sunlit uplands, the key question is: will he have enough time to get there before the next election? Michael Settle says his bombast failed to impress all in the Tory family, and the clock is ticking.

“Building back better”? What a load of old Boris. Rebecca McQuillan says if there’s one thing we learned from Boris Johnson this week, it’s what ripping fun it is being Prime Minister.

Our new columnist Maggie Ritchie talks readers through why it felt so good to be out of Brexit Britain while on holiday in Portugal. She says it was like stepping back in time - and it was a reminder of what it's like to live in an orderly country, not dreading a winter of discontent.

 


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