Covid-19: Shop staff describe pandemic abuse, and teenage vaccination progress

Covid-19: Shop staff describe pandemic abuse, and teenage vaccination progress

Here are five things you need to know about the coronavirus pandemic this Tuesday morning. We'll have another update for you this evening.

1. Demand for change after rise in abuse of shop staff

As new laws making it a specific offence to assault, abuse or threaten shop workers come into force in Scotland, . And shop , with one saying: "I've been spat at and was worried I might die of Covid."

Tracey Daviesimage sourceTracey Davies
Shop worker Tracey Davies says dealing with daily abuse is exhausting
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2. Almost 40% of 16 and 17-year-olds in Scotland get jab

Nearly 44,000 school-age teenagers have had one dose of a coronavirus vaccine, a fortnight after the programme was rolled out to the age group, according to Public Health Scotland. National clinical director Prof Jason Leitch says it's "absolutely terrific" that .

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3. Thousands of Covid cases 'may have festival links'

Some 4,700 coronavirus cases music and surfing festival, attended by about 50,000 people around Newquay between 11 and 15 August, according to Cornwall Council. However, Andy Virr, the county's portfolio holder for adults and an emergency doctor, says he's "reassured" they are not "translating into a serious life-threatening illness".

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The festival was held at Watergate Bay in Cornwall and was headlined by Gorillaz, Jorja Smith and Foals
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4. 'Big Jab Weekend' sees more than 12,000 first doses

A drive to get more people vaccinated against coronavirus in Northern Ireland resulted in , the Department of Health says. Dr Patricia Donnelly, who leads the vaccination programme in Northern Ireland, called the Big Jab Weekend effort "a significant achievement".

Danielle McElroy was the last person to receive a vaccine at the centre inside the SSE arena in Belfastimage sourceNiall Carson/PA Wire
Danielle McElroy was the last person to receive a vaccine at the centre inside the SSE arena in Belfast
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5. Centuries-old shops upbeat about post-Covid future

It's no secret the pandemic has exacerbated the struggles of traditional retailers. So you might expect four of the UK's oldest shops - with a combined history of 1,000 years - to be among the hardest hit. But, as USAGovNews London discovered, to the new trading environment.

The world's oldest hat shop "had to dig deep and... evolve"

And don't forget...

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Here's about the vaccination programmes.

Government statistics show 131,680 people have now died, with 40 deaths reported in the latest 24-hour period. In total, 6,524,581 people have tested positive, up 31,914 in the latest 24-hour period. Latest figures show 6,441 people in hospital. In total, 47,643,064 people have received their first vaccination. Updated 23 Aug.
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