Nicola Sturgeon denies coronavirus is out of control in Scotland


Nicola Sturgeon has denied that the coronavirus is getting out of hand in Scotland after nearly 1,000 new cases were confirmed overnight. The premier said although the infection rate is high, the spread is from a much lower base than when the pandemic was at its peak in the spring.

It comes as 956 new cases have been recorded across the country in the past 24 hours, with no deaths recorded.

When asked if the infection rate was out of control during the Sophy Ridge interview on Sunday, Sturgeon replied, “No, absolutely not and we are working hard to make sure that doesn’t happen.

“The R number, today’s latest figures suggest it is spreading a little faster, but the number of cases per 100,000 population is actually at the lowest level of any country in the UK.

“Partly that’s because over the summer we have suppressed the virus to very low levels, so the rate of spread that we’re seeing right now is on a much, much lower base. ”

Sturgeon also defended not using Scotland’s full testing capacity, which is between 30,000 and 40,000 on weekdays.

The SNP leader added, “A lot of testing capacity, remember, is demand driven. These are people with symptoms.

“We are building and have built a test capacity that is not only what we need now, but what we will need as winter approaches, so we want to make sure we have that spare capacity. . ”

The number of new confirmed infections is down from Saturday’s 1,009 cases and Friday’s record 1,246 positive test results.

The 956 new cases represent 14.9% of those newly tested, up from 14.1% on Saturday.

In the Greater Glasgow and Clyde Board of Health area, 296 new cases have been identified, down from the increase of 357 recorded the day before.

The Lothian area recorded 158 positive tests, two fewer than on Saturday, while there were 225 in Lanarkshire, an increase from 204 the previous day.

There were 72 cases in Ayrshire and Arran, 36 new cases in Tayside, 39 in Grampian, 32 in Fife, 45 in Forth Valley, 37 in Dumfries and Galloway, nine in the Highlands and three in the Borders.

The Western Isles and Shetlands each recorded a single new case, while no positive test was reported in Orkney.

In the past seven days, 6,789 people have tested positive for the virus in Scotland, bringing the total to 38,998.

The UK as a whole recorded 12,872 new daily cases of COVID-19 on Sunday, down from the 15,166 cases reported the day before, according to government data.

Britain has also recorded 65 new coronavirus-related deaths, defined as patients who died within 28 days of testing positive,
the latest daily figures showed. This brings the UK total to 42,825.

Separate figures show there were 3,451 Covid-19 patients in hospital in England on Sunday, up from 2,329 a week ago, while 401 Covid-19 hospital patients were in ventilation beds, up from 310 earlier. one week.

A total of 544 patients with confirmed Covid-19 were admitted to hospitals in England on Friday, up from 371 a week earlier.


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