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UK Covid live: Sturgeon expected to outline plan for return to Scottish schools

Latest updates: details of plan to reopen classrooms in Scotland due at midday; Zahawi says rapid testing could be key to reopening sporting and entertainment venues

11.09am GMT

The vaccines minister has apologised for “any confusion” over when asthma sufferers can expect to be offered a coronavirus jab.

Nadhim Zahawi clarified the vaccination priority groups for asthmatics on Tuesday morning, after previously telling LBC that everyone who uses an inhaler would be in priority group six.

In category four, those with serious, extremely vulnerable cases of asthma would have been given the first dose in category four.

Now in category six, if they have oral steroids, then they are in category six.

While we understand the government’s need to prioritise those most at risk of death from Covid in the first stages of the vaccine roll out, we want the government to take the needs of everyone with asthma seriously including their concerns about Covid causing long-term effects or making them unwell.

We are also continuing to call for the government to prioritise everyone with asthma for the next wave of vaccinations after the initial priority groups.

10.31am GMT

Travellers in quarantine hotels face an additional £1,200 bill if they test positive for coronavirus, the government has revealed.

This is on top of the £1,750 fee for entering the programme and will apply to guests required to extend their stay beyond the initial 11 nights, PA Media reports.

It is currently illegal to travel abroad for holidays anyway. We would expect people who are coming in from one of these red list countries to be able to cover their costs.

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