Nicola Sturgeon warns of ‘alarming’ COVID increase in Chile, even as vaccination rates are high

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Nicola Sturgeon warns of 'alarming' COVID increase in Chile, even as vaccination rates are high


Nicola Sturgeon warned of “alarming” data in Chile showing spike in infection levels despite a successful vaccination program.
The prime minister, cautious about opening up international travel, said part of the explanation centers on importing new covid variants.

Professor Stephen Reicher, who is a member of the covid-19 government advisory group, also tweeted: “Chile is a warning. We ignore it at our peril.

A report released on Sunday noted that Chile had announced a new lockdown, even though it has the world’s fastest per capita Covid vaccination program.

The Guardian reported that new cases had increased amid “mixed health messages, travel during the southern hemisphere summer vacation and traffic of new variants.”

At the same time, about half of the Chilean population received at least one dose.

Sturgeon, who will hold a covid briefing today amid Holyrood’s election campaign, is concerned about Chile and what it can mean.

In an interview with the Daily Record, he was asked if the Scots could possibly enjoy a vacation abroad in late summer.

She responded by saying that the overseas vacation was “unfortunately” the time when the government will have to “be wary the longest.”

She said: “There are lingering unknowns about the vaccine. The available data is still quite positive, but we are still not absolutely sure about the effectiveness of current vaccines against some of the newer variants. ”

She added: “I just looked earlier this morning actually some data from Chile, which is quite alarming. Their vaccination program is very advanced and yet cases are skyrocketing again.

“I don’t know all the explanations, but some of the explanations relate to importing different variants. So we have to be careful there.

She said: “I think international travel, unfortunately, is probably the last thing we will see return to normal. Would I rule out for this whole year?

“Absolutely not, but if we’re going to restore what you asked me about a minute ago, maybe the ability to go to a football game, or to go to a concert, to kiss your members. family, if we want to prioritize all of this, then maybe the price we have to pay for it a little longer will be not having a vacation abroad.

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