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Last updated: Monday, September 21, 2020 13:37
- There have been no new deaths from Covid-19 in Scotland
- A further 255 positive cases were reported on Monday
- New restrictions will be announced within the next 48 hours.
Very unpredictable to stick to a regular test diet
Asked by BBC Scotland if exams could be suspended again this academic year, Sturgeon said it was simply unpredictable.
“We want the exam diet to continue as normal or as close to normal as possible next year,” she says.
“We all want that but every day at the moment is a reminder that we are in a very volatile and unpredictable situation.”
Gregor Smith: A more general epidemic
Dr. Gregor Smith explains that the virus is progressing from “localized hotspots of infection to a more general epidemic.”
He notes that experts are beginning to see a shift in the proportion of people over the age of 60 infected with the disease, which represents one in every seven new cases.
He says the R number in Scotland is now likely between 0.9 and 1.4.
Jason Leach: Population restrictions are a necessity
Professor Jason Leach is speaking now.
He stressed the need for more measures, saying, “We cannot live with this disease without population restrictions.”
Referring to the global picture, it is noted that 300,000 people tested positive for the disease on Saturday, including 68,000 in Europe, and 4,000 people died.
“This is a serious moment.”
Ms. Sturgeon ends by focusing on the individual efforts that everyone can take.
“This is a dangerous moment again for the country.”
“Think carefully about what you can do as an individual to play your part in this teamwork that we need to do.”
She encourages members of the public to work from home, download the Protect Scotland app and follow directions.
Financial support for self-isolation
Ms Sturgeon confirms that a package of measures will be introduced to financially support Khartoum’s self-isolation.
Fines for non-compliance with self-isolation rules, introduced in England last week, are also being considered, although the prime minister says there is a fear that this could discourage people from taking the test.
New procedures on Tuesday or Wednesday
New measures will be introduced to curb the spread of the virus on Tuesday or Wednesday.
Ms Sturgeon said: “I need to be completely upfront with people across Scotland, and it is almost certain that additional restrictions will be put in place in Scotland over the next couple of days.
“I hope this is with a four-nation alliance, but if necessary it must happen without that.”
Cobra meeting scheduled to take place
Ms Strugon confirms that the Cobra meeting will take place this week.
She expressed her frustration that there was no specific date for the cobra gathering.
She also said that she will speak to the Prime Minister this afternoon.
Ms Sturgeon added: “On this call, I will impress the Prime Minister with my view that we need decisive, urgent action and to the fullest extent possible given our individual responsibilities and coordinated action across the UK.
“I will be clear that I am willing to allow more time for discussions between the four countries before final decisions are made on Scotland, but I will be equally clear that the urgency of this position means that we cannot, should not and will not wait long.”
New restrictions must be introduced sooner rather than later
The prime minister insists that new measures must be taken to stop the spread.
“In my opinion, more urgent measures will now be needed to stop the increase in the number of cases.
“My counselors and I spent the weekend immersed in discussion and analysis, looking at a variety of options and thinking carefully about the impact we saw it would have.”
While the measures are still under consideration, the prime minister said they are “very close to a decision point.”
“A simple truth lies at the heart of this decision. The longer we wait for new measures to be introduced, the more likely they will be implemented.
If we move sharply now to get the virus under control, we can reduce the time we all spend under any new restrictions.
“If we wait it will take longer, and possibly much longer, to get out of the other side.”
The death toll increased
The prime minister says we must take the increase in cases “very seriously”.
And she warned that as our numbers in hospitals increase, “we will see the number of people dying increase as well.”
She notes that the disease will increasingly affect the elderly.
Prime Minister: Covid is spreading again in Scotland
The Prime Minister issued a stark warning that “Covid is spreading again in Scotland”.
Offering a positive side, she says we are in a much better position because of the efforts everyone put in during the summer months, saying, “We’ve collectively saved a lot of lives.”
It also endorsed the warning of UK Chief Scientific Adviser Sir Patrick Vallance and Chief Medical Officer Professor Chris Whitty, who said new cases could rise every day by 50,000 by October.
However, the numbers reported in recent weeks are not as bad as they were in the spring, at the start of the epidemic
The Prime Minister is speaking now
It says that 255 new cases were reported yesterday, bringing the total number of cases to 24,627.
103 of the new cases were in Glasgow and Clyde, 47 were in NHS Lanarkshire and 30 were by NHS Lothian. Registration of new cases by every health board on the mainland.
The number of people in hospital increased from 10 to 73 with eight in intensive care.
Zero deaths were recorded although Ms Sturgeon noted that registry offices were closed on Monday. The total number of deaths remains at 2,505.
First Minister holds a press briefing
Nicola Sturgeon is scheduled to hold a press conference at 12.15 p.m. with Interim Chief Medical Officer Dr. Gregor Smith and National Medical Director Jason Leach.
As always, we will provide updates all the time.
Professor Witty: ‘Significant transmission’ of coronavirus in parts of the UK
Chief Medical Officer Professor Chris Whitty said at a press conference that there are now “significant rates of transmission” of the Coronavirus in parts of the United Kingdom.
Referring to a presentation looking at the growth of the Covid-19 outbreak, he said: “What we’ve seen is progress where, after the remarkable efforts that have brought rates down across the country, we first saw a very small outbreak, maybe it’s related to a workplace or other environment, Then we saw more local outbreaks that only increased over time, especially in cities.
“And now what we’re seeing is the rate of increase in the vast majority of the country.
It travels at different rates but is increasing now.
“And what we found is, over time, wherever it was pulling back, it now moves to the start of the rally and then the rate of rally continues in an uptrend.
“So, this is not someone else’s problem, this is our whole problem.”
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