Coronavirus in Scotland: Young people who drink blamed for soaring infections | Scotland

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A former Scottish chief medical officer believes that ‘socializing indoors’ is behind the increase in Covid-19 infections and that ‘the hospitality industry is a big part of the problem’.

Sir Harry Burns, who advised the government from 2005 to 2014, said Scotland was on the same path as France, which recorded 13,500 cases on Saturday, and insisted there would be another “Big spike” if ministers fail to tighten restrictions.

Around 600 new cases were reported in Scotland over the weekend and on Saturday there was the biggest daily increase since May. The figures bring to 2,505 confirmed deaths in Scotland since the start of the epidemic.

Researchers from Imperial College London predict nine regions of Scotland are likely to become 75-100% hotspots

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