Over 3,000 Scots under 40 have caught coronavirus – STV News


Scots have been urged not to have “very high risk” indoor meetings with people from other households by the Prime Minister.

As the weather should not be as good as last weekend, Nicola Sturgeon reminded that only open-air meetings – with another household per day – were allowed.

She repeated advice that, in addition to not meeting people you don’t live inside, you also shouldn’t hug them, shake their hands, or share food, and you must stand two meters apart.

Speaking at the Scottish government’s press conference on Friday, Sturgeon also warned the public that he was just not sure if he would attend the protests planned for the weekend over the death of George Floyd.

The FM called on people to find alternative ways to protest racism and police brutality.

Joining her at the seat of government at St Andrew’s House, Scottish police chief Iain Livingstone said he was “shocked” by the death of Mr. Floyd in police custody in the United States last month .

He also said that the loosening of certain locking measures last week had left some people “a little demobilized”.

This comes as the Prime Minister announced 14 more Covid-19 patient deaths in Scotland, bringing the total, including suspected deaths, to 3,958.

There were 29 new cases of the virus overnight, bringing the Scottish total since the start of the pandemic to 15,582.

But for the first time since March 30, less than 1,000 people hospitalized show symptoms of coronavirus or coronavirus.

Of these 995 people (a decrease of 26), a total of 23 are treated in intensive care, a drop of five the day before.

The Prime Minister hailed this as a sign of progress, but warned that it could quickly be reversed.

She said: “It is by not doing what we know that the evidence makes the virus spread more easily that we will keep it under control.

“To begin with, you should not meet people from other households inside.

“I know it could be a special temptation on a weekend like this when we are expecting bad weather again. “

But she said it would be “extremely risky” because the virus “is transmitted much more easily between people inside than outside.”

Sturgeon added: “I am not exaggerating when I say that if you meet people from other households inside, you put yourself and you in danger of getting the virus, of getting sick and potentially pass away. with that. “

And in a specific appeal to young people, the Prime Minister said: “If you start to feel that your social life is returning to normal, this is not a good sign. “

She continued, “Many of you, I know, will be desperate to spend more time with your friends after weeks of separation.

“You might even think that as young people, you are less likely to get seriously ill from the virus …

“But I want to be very clear – you are not safe from this virus, you can contract it and it can be very harmful to you.

“But even if you are not badly affected, you can still pass it on to other young people.

“They could then pass it on to others who are more at risk for Covid-19 such as their parents or grandparents and that could have really tragic consequences. “

The police chief also urged people not to organize house parties or other indoor gatherings, saying the police “would take very drastic measures” against those who do.

He said, “Don’t party at home if the rain is falling.

“Don’t spin your friends. Now is not the time to do it, it literally puts lives at risk. “

Livingstone said the relationship between the police and the public went from “strength to strength” during the pandemic, and that most people “continue to do the right thing” by adhering to the lockdowns.

The public is enjoying the sun in Edinburgh’s meadows after the easing of lock restrictions on May 30. (SNS)

But he said moving to the “first phase” of Scotland’s road map out of the lockdown before the holiday weekend had led some people to be “a little satisfied with the demobilization”.

“The gatherings in parks, beaches and beauty spots were of concern,” he added.

During the 72-hour period covering the holiday weekend, the police ordered more than 2,000 disappearances.

The police chief also said that crimes unrelated to Covid-19 measures were starting to return to a level of “business as usual”, with more than 1,000 arrests made that did not involve coronavirus regulations.

He also said he “fully understands the desire of the Scots to make their voices heard this weekend on racial injustice”.

Scottish police have a duty to ensure that people’s voices can be heard safely after the death of Mr Floyd, said the police chief, but added: “Please do so in a manner which is unlikely to spread the coronavirus. “

Sturgeon echoed the call, urging the Scots to find other ways to protest than the protests planned in the coming days.

Mass rallies at this stage of the pandemic “are just not safe,” said the Prime Minister.


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