Tuesday’s headlines: New ‘life-threatening’ phone alerts with sirens to be sent by government

Welcome to the Daily Record’s Tuesday briefing.

The main stories you need to know today include: Belarus’ invasion of Ukraine, new ‘life-threatening’ phone alerts from the government and changes to the Scottish government’s Covid testing guidelines.

Here are the latest headlines from Scotland and beyond.

New ‘life-threatening’ phone alerts with loud sirens to be sent by government



An example of what the emergency alert might look like on your phone

People could receive emergency alerts on their phones and tablets as part of a new government service set to launch.

Danger to life alerts may appear on your mobile screen and emit a loud siren sound if you are in an emergency situation.

Dangerous situations include dangerous weather conditions, fires, explosions or a public health crisis.

The new service is due to be launched by the government later this year after a trial run last summer.

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Belarus invades Ukraine as second nation to join Russian attack



Servicemen of the Ukrainian military forces in the small town of Sievierodonetsk, Lugansk Oblast.
Servicemen of the Ukrainian military forces in the small town of Sievierodonetsk, Lugansk Oblast.

Belarus has joined the Russian invasion to become the second country to attack Ukraine, the government has said.

Ukraine’s parliament says troops “entered” the northern Chernihiv region, according to a tweet from its official Twitter account.

The invasion was confirmed by Latvian Defense Minister Dr Atis Pabriks, who said that Belarusian soldiers had crossed the Ukrainian border, mirror reports.

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Scottish Government announces ‘significant changes’ to Covid testing guidelines



Changes to testing guidelines have been announced by the Scottish Government

The Scottish Government has updated its guidance on lateral flow testing as the country continues to emerge from the worst of the Omicron Covid wave.

In December, Scots were told to take a rapid test each time before being reunited with friends and family.

It came as Covid cases spiked after the Omicron emerged in Scotland.

Officials have now reverted to the old guidelines, which stated that Scots should only take a lateral flow test twice a week.

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Child Benefit payments will increase next month – here are the new weekly rates



The new financial year begins on April 6, bringing a whole host of payment changes for those receiving DWP and HMRC benefits
The new financial year begins on April 6, bringing a whole host of payment changes for those receiving DWP and HMRC benefits

The family allowance is an allowance paid to people responsible for raising a child under 16 or a young person under 20, if they are still in full-time studies or certain approved training courses.

The new financial year begins on April 6, bringing with it a whole host of payment changes for people receiving Department for Work and Pensions (DWP) benefits.

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Primark is launching a new spring homeware collection – here are our top five picks



The retailer has just launched a collection of yellow-toned homewares in time for spring
The retailer has just launched a collection of yellow-toned homewares in time for spring

With the promise of nicer weather looming on the horizon, many of us will want to give our home decor a bit of a well-deserved refresh.

And Primark is here to help us do just that, as they’ve launched a whole new collection of spring homewares in-store and they’ll brighten up your home for less.

While we know no one needs to be persuaded to take a little Primark home decor journey, we’ve taken our own journey to dig into the new collection on our own.

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