Coronavirus in Scotland: Nicola Sturgeon “concerned” over 160 new cases

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Nicola Sturgeon has expressed concern after 160 more people tested positive for the coronavirus in Scotland.

The latest increase in new cases follows 123 reported on Sunday, with a number of ‘clusters’ across Scotland.

The prime minister said the increase in the number of cases was “in part the result of more people being tested.”

But she said it was “definitely a concern” and that any connection between the cases was “carefully considered” by health protection teams.

A total of 69 of the new cases have been reported in the Greater Glasgow and Clyde area, with Ms Sturgeon saying ‘special attention’ was being paid to this.

However, she stressed that the positive results “represent even less than 1% of those newly tested yesterday”.

The number of people hospitalized with the virus has risen to 258, including five in intensive care.

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The Prime Minister said it appeared the figures in the Glasgow area “appear to reflect a number of small groups, rather than one or two larger outbreaks”.

She said ministers would consider whether targeted action would be needed in the region, although she stressed that this would not necessarily mean a local lockdown – noting that “lockdown increasingly means different things in different circumstances. “.

Another 27 cases have been reported in Lanarkshire, 18 in Lothian and eight in Ayrshire and Arran – Ms Sturgeon warning these ‘appear to be linked to indoor gatherings’.

However, there have only been four new cases in the Grampian area, with Ms Sturgeon saying it was “a further indication that the Aberdeen pub cluster is contained.”

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The prime minister said that the fact that the number of cases reflected an increase in testing was “an important background to keep in mind.”

But she added: “The issue reminds us all that the virus is still a very real risk, it is a development that concerns me and it is one that we take seriously. ”

The surge in cases comes as the latest easing of lockdown restrictions in Scotland goes into effect, with gyms and swimming pools reopening.

Ms Sturgeon said: ‘As we break free from lockdown, we also release virus from lockdown.

“Please follow the instructions – this is the only way we can make sure these reopenings can take place safely, and they don’t trigger an increase in transmission that could bring us all back again.”

“The numbers show very clearly that this virus is still present across the country. The clusters we’ve seen show that it is spreading very quickly if given the chance, and intensive care admissions last week remind us that the virus is still extremely dangerous. for some people. “

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