Business Newsround

Catch up on this week's Business News Headlines, including maritime, cruise, construction and political updates.

Business Newsround 3rd - 7th August 2020

North Sea Oil and Gas 

North Sea oil and gas firms urged to diversify (The Herald

UK oil and gas companies’ profit warnings soar in 2020 (Offshore Technology



Norwegian Outlines Roadmap for Returning to Service (Cruise Industry News



Coronavirus Scotland: Three new countries added to Scots quarantine list after case spike (Edinburgh Live

Pressure grows on Rishi Sunak to extend UK furlough scheme (Financial Times



AI on the high seas: Digital transformation is revolutionizing global shipping (Tech Republic



UK construction sector reports the sharpest rise in almost five years (The Union Journal

Growth shows construction on the mend but jobs continue to leak (The Times


COVID-19 Monitors

Jackson Carlaw stood down as leader of the Scottish Conservatives this week, he has since been replaced by Moray MP Douglas Ross who ran for the position unopposed. Former leader Ruth Davidson MSP will fill in for Douglas Ross at FMQs between now and the Holyrood election in May 2021 where Mr Ross hopes to secure a seat in the Scottish Parliament.

The city of Aberdeen has been placed in a localised lockdown, the first in Scotland since a smaller outbreak in Dumfries, following an outbreak linked to a number of hospitality venues. The lockdown will last for an initial seven day period but may be extended and prohibits the operation of hospitality venues, travel of more than five miles for leisure purposes and indoor socialising beyond extended household groups.

The First Minister announced on Tuesday that a Scottish version of a UK-wide survey to track the virus will be launched. It will ask questions on contacts, travel and face mask use. It is intended to help provide earlier warning signs of increasing virus risk. 3,000 people will be required to take part. Initial invites are going out to people who have already been involved in population surveys, but further volunteers are welcome.

Details of shielding advice to help people make informed decisions and access support services have been published. The Scottish Government are advising people who have been shielding that they currently no longer need to do so.

People living in Scotland are currently being advised to avoid travel to areas in northern England facing new lockdown restrictions after a spike in coronavirus (COVID-19) cases.

The Scottish Parliament will return from recess next week with Tuesday 11 August scheduled to be the first sitting day.