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2,000 Edinburgh pupils return to classrooms after closures

Edinburgh Council closed 17 schools due to a 'significant and new construction issue'. Credit: Andrew Milligan / PA

Around 2,000 Edinburgh pupils will return to classrooms on Wednesday following the closure of 17 schools amid serious safety concerns.

Pupils from Oxgangs and St Peter's schools will use alternative arrangements, but around 5,000 are still waiting at home.

Alternative measures have also been arranged for Craigroyston and Castleview primary schools.

Craigroyston pupils will be relocated to Craigroyston Community High School on a phased basis, while Castleview pupils will be relocated to Castlebrae High School from 19 April.

Andrew Kerr, chief executive of the City of Edinburgh Council, said: "I fully recognise the significant inconvenience to parents caused by these closures, and I want to thank them for their patience as we continue to work through this issue."

The council closed 17 schools on 8 April due to "a significant and new construction issue". The closures affect around 9,000 students.

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Patient tested for Ebola at Edinburgh hospital

A patient is being tested for Ebola at an Edinburgh hospital after returning from west Africa, NHS Lothian has said.

The patient was admitted to the regional infectious diseases unit at the city's Western General Hospital.

Melanie Johnson, director of unscheduled care for the health board, said: "A patient who recently returned to Scotland from west Africa has been admitted to our regional infectious diseases unit (RIDU) at the Western General Hospital after reporting a raised temperature.

"The patient will be screened for possible infections and as a precaution will be kept in isolation.

"We have robust systems in place to manage patients with suspected infectious diseases and follow agreed and tested national guidelines."

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