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The playground padlocks are starting to come off. Now that all 50 states have begun to reopen, children in some areas are once again zipping down slides and swinging from monkey bars after months of waiting.A handful of states, including Massachusetts, Colorado, Ohio and Iowa, announced in June that playgrounds could start reopening, although the decision to open town or city-owned playgrounds is usually made locally. On Thursday, Gov. Andrew Cuomo of New York said during his daily briefing that localities are now permitted to open public pools and playgrounds, and local governments can decide for themselves whether or not to do so.”But they have to use their judgment here,” he said. “Sometimes ‘yes’ is not the right answer. It’s the easy answer.”While this is good news for children, some parents are being a bit more cautious. The coronavirus is still spreading, and a vaccine isn’t

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Video consultation is here to stay with the NHS, says Clare Morrison, the national lead on the Near Me project that was originally set up to provide outpatient appointments for those living in the Highlands.

The service has since been rolled out across Scotland due to the coronavirus crisis.

In February there were around 300 appointments a week, while last week there were 15,500, Ms Morrison tells BBC Radio Scotland.

“Before Covid, we were using it to improve access for those rural areas, reducing journeys, and now, of course, it enables physical distancing,” she says.

“It can be used in just about any care setting – primary and secondary care, community services, mental health , physio, speech and language, general practice, cardiology, diabetes – practically any speciality.”

Ms Morrison says 97.8% of patients have said they would use it again, and while there will always be a need for face-to-face

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