Nicola Sturgeon said she could not rule out quarantine or screening travelers from England if infection rates increased south of the border.Prime Minister has declared that his government intends to eliminate the coronavirus from Scotland after revealing that there have been no confirmed deaths in Scottish hospitals of Covid-19 for four days, with only 10 people currently in intensive care.
Sturgeon said securing its elimination requires “rigid” public health policies, repeatedly suggesting in its daily briefing Monday that it believed Scotland’s strategies were more effective than in other parts of the Kingdom -United.
She said she currently does not plan any special measures for people from England, but highlighted decisions by US states such as New York and New Jersey to quarantine travelers from American hotspots, and measures located in Germany.
Professor Devi Sridhar, a public health specialist who advises the Sturgeon government on its coronary heart strategies, suggested on Sunday that travelers arriving from England may need to be screened, tested or invited to self-isolate if infection rates increase.
“I said that I did not intend to introduce something like this earlier, but I do not exclude anything, if it is necessary from a public health point of view,” said Sturgeon told reporters Monday, but did not directly respond to a question about what action may be involved.
There has been a spate of cases in Leicester, she said, adding to her “deep sense of anxiety” that people may be giving up their care too soon.
“We haven’t gone that far in the past three months, surely just to allow our infection rates to start going up again, so we’re going to have to be really tough from a public health perspective here. ”
Sturgeon accused No. 10 of not having discussed his plans with his government to create “air bridges” to allow travelers from certain EU countries to bypass the 14-day quarantine rules.
Rejecting Downing Street’s claims that the British government had worked closely with the three devolved administrations, Sturgeon said: “We cannot just get caught up in decisions of which we have no knowledge, which we do not understand. not the basics and that could be wrong for our situation. . ”
Sturgeon said she and her advisers were waiting to study the British government’s data and analysis before deciding to copy her airlift strategy and urged Johnson to clarify his government’s strategy.
“I would really welcome a statement by the Prime Minister that England’s strategy was also aimed at eliminating the virus, contrary to what seems to me to let it circulate at higher levels as long as it does not threaten or threaten overwhelms the National Health Service.
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