COVID-19: Glasgow and Moray to Remain Level 3 Amid New Cases Linked to Indian Variant

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COVID-19: Glasgow and Moray to Remain Level 3 Amid New Cases Linked to Indian Variant


Glasgow and Moray will remain at Level 3 amid fears that a new outbreak of COVID-19 cases in Scotland is caused by the Indian variant of the virus.

Prime Minister Nicola Sturgeon said on Friday those areas would remain at Level 3 of Scotland’s five-tier coronavirus restriction system for a week until a new decision is made at the end of next week.

She said the situation in Glasgow was even more worrying than Moray, with initial research suggesting the outbreak could be due to the Indian variant.

It comes as the rest of Scotland drops to Level 2 restrictions on Monday, meaning cinemas, theaters, concert halls and stadiums can open in the rest of the country, but not in Glasgow and Moray .

Some things you can do at level 3:

  • meet in groups of up to six of two households in an indoor public place such as a cafe, pub or restaurant
  • you can gather in groups of up to six from six households outdoors, in a private garden or in a public place such as a park or an outdoor area of ​​a cafe
  • children under 12 do not count in the total number of people or households meeting outdoors but do count in the number of households indoors
  • you can travel anywhere in Scotland and stay in holiday accommodation – but you shouldn’t stay in someone else’s house

At level 2, you can meet socially in groups of up to:

  • six people from three households in your house or theirs – and can stay overnight
  • six people from three households in an indoor public place such as a cafe, pub or restaurant
  • eight people from eight households outside

Glasgow has now passed Moray as a coronavirus hotspot in Scotland, with an epidemiologist warning the country is experiencing a ‘loss of control’ from the pandemic in some areas.

Figures released on Friday showed there were 80.4 cases per 100,000 population in Glasgow in the seven days to May 11 – overtaking Moray where there were 68.9.

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Scottish Prime Minister Nicola Sturgeon told MPs for Holyrood Glasgow and Moray will remain at Level 3

Moray has seen an increase in cases which started in April and had Scotland’s highest rate in recent days.

The spike in infections in Glasgow could include India’s B.1.617.2 variant, public health experts say.

Epidemiologist Dr Deepti Gurdasani has warned that it will be early to lift the restrictions.

She also called for measures to prevent the situation from worsening over concerns over the spread of one of India’s newer variants of the virus north of the border.

Dr Gurdasani told BBC Radio Scotland’s Good Morning Scotland: “The idea is certainly premature, in fact the government should consider the opposite.

‘In Scotland as a whole, we have seen the number of new cases double over the last week, and although the cases are so low, it is difficult to see exponential increases.

‘This is what the first exponential increases look like and we are seeing a loss of control of the pandemic in many parts of Scotland, and the situation is likely much larger and other places will follow unless action is taken to prevent that and prevent this now. “

In the past 24 hours, Scotland has recorded two deaths from COVID and 215 other cases, according to the latest Scottish government figures.

This brings the total number of deaths in the country since the start of the pandemic to 7,664.

A total of 228,908 have tested positive for the virus and the daily test positivity rate is 1.3%, up from 1.2% the day before.

Of the 215 new cases, 110 were in the NHS Greater Glasgow and Clyde Health Council area.

This was followed by 37 in NHS Lothian, 21 in NHS Lanarkshire, 16 in NHS Fife and 15 in NHS Grampian – which covers Moray.

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