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Tourism after lockdown: rUK and Germany 'top targets'

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A recovery plan for tourism businesses drawn up by researchers at Edinburgh University suggests targeting visitors from Germany - and from other parts of the UK.

The team at the university's business school tried to identify who would be most interested in seeing Scotland, and who could afford a trip here.

The project was carried out in association with the Edinburgh Tourism Action Group (ETAG).

Team leader Dr Ewelina Lacka said: "We used data from internet search engines, consumer confidence indexes, web traffic and information from members of the ETAG to help build a strong picture of where marketing is best targeted in the weeks and months ahead."

How does contracting Covid-19 affect the heart?

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A global study conducted by Edinburgh University has found that more than half of all patients showed abnormalities in the heart after contracting Covid-19.

“We know that patients with heart disease are at increased risk of getting Covid-19, and also that infection can have an impact on the heart and circulation," explained Dr Anda Bularga, a clinical research fellow at the university who took part in the study.

"Half the scans showed some form of abnormality in how the heart was pumping, which was often mild, but in one in seven patients the damage was severe, meaning the heart was struggling to effectively pump enough blood around the body."

Secondary analysis of patients who did not have any previous heart problems showed quite a large number – about 45% - had changes on their heart scan.

"We are trying to figure out if this a direct effect of the virus on heart muscle, or indirectly from the illness," Dr Bularga tells BBC Radio Scotland. "To be honest it is probably a combination of both.

"Now we can concentrate on what is the exact mechanism and what do we need to do next?"

Quite a few studies have already started, she added.

Lockdown 'avoided thousands of deaths' in Scotland

David Cowan

BBC Scotland

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An Edinburgh Unviersity study has suggested between 7,000 and 40,000 people could have died from coronavirus in Scotland if the country had not gone into lockdown.

Scientists have tried to estimate would have happened if Scotland had copied the approach taken in Sweden, where a lockdown was not imposed.

The country has a population of over 10 million and has suffered more than 5,200 deaths from Covid-19.

Scotland's death toll per head of population has been higher.

With a population of 5.46 million here, there have been 4,119 deaths linked to the virus.

Read more here.

Free online lessons for pupils to learn over summer

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Stem Academy

Free online lessons are being launched so school pupils can spend their summer learning while adhering to social distancing measures.

The University of Glasgow-led Summer Stem Academy, now in its third year of operation, is making 26 workshops on a wide variety of science and engineering topics available digitally from Monday.

Lessons feature worksheets and videos to guide learners on unique projects which can be done from home.

Volunteers from the Universities of Glasgow, Edinburgh, Edinburgh Napier, Heriot-Watt and Strathclyde have crafted workshop activities on topics including robotics, biodiversity and space colonisation.