Travellers arriving in Scotland from the United States and the European Union won't have to quarantine if they are doubled covid jabbed from today.

Rules changed at 4am this morning following a decision by Nicola Sturgeon 's Scottish Government last week.

If countries in the EU remain on Scotland's amber list then travellers will no longer have to self-isolate for 10 days on arrival.

At present the change does not apply to those who have been in France in the 10 days prior to their arrival. France remains on the amber plus list.

Meanwhile, there were three covid-related deaths in the last 24 hours across the country.

In that same time period a total of 1,034 Scots tested positive for the deadly virus which has killed 7,930 people in Scotland since the start of the pandemic last year.

There are currently 442 people in hospital confirmed to have the virus with 62 requiring intensive care treatment.

4,011,060 people have received their first vaccination with 3,197,899 having their second jab.

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Spike in bookings to US

New travel rules meaning fully vaccinated travellers from the US, the EU and a handful of other European countries has led to a "300% increase" in bookings to the US, Airlines UK chief executive Tim Alderslade said as he welcomed the change.

But he said that adding more tiers to the travel system, as Cabinet ministers are currently considering, would over-complicate international travel, describing the amber list as a "red flag for travellers".

Alderslade told Times Radio: "I think the announcement this morning is very welcome - there will be an uptick in bookings.

"We've seen from the US around a 300% increase in bookings to the US - but we've got to somehow try to find a way to get more countries on the green list and we absolutely should not be going down the road of adding more tiers to an already very complicated international travel system."

"I think the problem with the US is that we can't travel there, so the Biden administration still will not allow Brits and Europeans to enter the US, so it will be slightly curtailed because of that," he added.

"I think the big issue for us as an industry is the green list... amber at the moment is a red flag for travellers, it's a glaring warning sign because of the worry that people have that they will either be stranded overseas or they will have to quarantine either in a hotel or a home for 10 days."

Scotland lagging behind rest of UK in Long Covid services

Scots academics have criticised the Scottish Government for allowing the country to lag behind the rest of the UK for Long Covid rehabilitation services.

A report by professors at Stirling University and Robert Gordon University in Aberdeen highlights the lack of funding in Scotland to help those suffering.

The academics are calling for an “urgent” investment of cash to help those suffering from the debilitating condition.

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Good morning

Hello and welcome to the Daily Record's coronavirus blog on Monday, August 2.

Throughout the course of today we will be bringing you all the latest on the covid pandemic from Scotland and across the United Kingdom.

The Scottish Government will announce the most recent figures regarding cases, deaths and vaccinations later today.

We will bring you them just after 2pm.

In other news, from 4am today people travelling into Scotland from the EU and the US who are doubled vaccinated won't have to self-isolate on arrival.

Keep up to date with all the news on our blog.