Coronavirus in Scotland: weekend is “critical” to fight growth

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The next few days will be “critical” in deciding what action to take to stop the spread of Covid-19 in Scotland, Nicola Sturgeon said.

The prime minister said the virus was on the rise and was now spreading “fairly quickly”.

She said it was likely that “difficult but necessary” decisions would have to be made in the coming days.

“If we are to avoid another large-scale foreclosure, doing nothing is almost certainly not an option,” she said.

Ms Sturgeon warned the country was following the lead of France, which four weeks ago was in the same position as Scotland.

It now registers 10,000 new cases per day, hundreds of people in intensive care and the number of deaths on the rise.

The weekend ‘will be critical’

“We have to make sure that we stop this and not end up where they are now,” she said. “We are again facing the risk of experiential growth of Covid. ”

“No one wants to see another full-scale foreclosure. ”

She asked people to respect the current rules.

“It may be that if we are to interrupt and break this growth, we will have to do more in the coming weeks,” she added.

“This weekend will be essential to assess the best way to proceed. ”

Ms Sturgeon said there had been 203 positive tests in the past 24 hours and one person who tested positive had died. This brought the total number of deaths in Scotland under the measure used to 2502.

“The bottom line here is that this virus is on the rise again,” the Prime Minister said.

“The cases are increasing quite rapidly. The percentage of tests is not as high as in March but is increasing. And the number R is now greater than 1. ”

She said she had met with a group of senior Scottish government officials to assess the situation and that discussions would be held with the four British countries in the coming days.

The prime minister said she also asked the prime minister to set up a Cobra meeting this weekend.

Ms Sturgeon said the WHO warned on Thursday that European-wide weekly cases were higher than they were in March.

“The virus could come out of our grip again, but it hasn’t happened yet and we have time to prevent it from happening,” she said. “It depends on the government and all of us. “

Second wave

The Scottish Conservative leader has said he will support the introduction of all necessary measures to help defeat the virus.

Douglas Ross told BBC Scotland that all available options should be considered.

“We have seen the problems we have if we don’t get the problem under control and if we don’t make the tough decisions to re-impose some restrictions,” he said.

“So whatever needs to be done needs to be done to make sure we don’t have a second wave of this pandemic which is putting pressure on our hospitals and our NHS again.

“I support everything that can be done to support the fight against this terrible pandemic. “

UK-wide survey

The Prime Minister urged people to take part in an investigation into the UK Covid infection.

Up to 15,000 people in Scotland will be tested every fortnight and households will be randomly selected for the survey and invited to participate.

Participants will do their own tests and some will be asked to provide blood samples.

Testing will continue for up to a year and will help scientists see how many people get infected with the virus over time and how many people will eventually get infected.

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