The subsequent few days can be “critical” in deciding what steps can be taken to cease the unfold of Covid-19 in Scotland, Nicola Sturgeon has stated.
The first minister stated the virus was on the rise and was now spreading “quite rapidly”.
She stated it was probably that some “hard but necessary” selections would have to be taken within the coming days.
“If we want to avoid another full-scale lockdown, doing nothing almost certainly isn’t an option,” she stated.
Ms Sturgeon warned that the nation was following the trail of France, which 4 weeks in the past was in the identical place that Scotland is now.
It is now seeing 10,000 new circumstances a day, with tons of of individuals in intensive care and the variety of deaths rising.
Weekend ‘can be vital’
“We must make sure we interrupt that and don’t end up where they are now,” she stated. “We are facing the risk again of expediential growth in Covid.”
“No-one wants to see another full-scale lockdown.”
She requested folks to abide by the present guidelines.
“It may well be that if we are to interrupt and break this growth we will have to do more in the next few weeks,” she added.
“This weekend will be critical in the assessment of how best to do that.”
Ms Sturgeon stated there had been 203 constructive checks prior to now 24 hours, and that one one that examined constructive had died. That took the whole variety of deaths in Scotland beneath the measurement getting used to 2,502.
“The bottom line here is this virus is on the rise again,” the primary minister stated.
“Cases are rising quite rapidly. The percentage of tests is not as high as March but is rising. And the R number is now above 1.”
She stated she had met a bunch of senior Scottish authorities officers to evaluate the state of affairs and that discussions would happen with the 4 UK nations within the coming days.
The first minister stated she had additionally requested the prime minister to stage a Cobra assembly this weekend.
Ms Sturgeon stated the WHO warned on Thursday that weekly Europe-wide circumstances have been increased than that they had been in March.
“The virus could get out of our grip again but it hasn’t happened yet and we have time to prevent it from happening,” she stated. “That is down to the government and all of us.”
The chief of the Scottish Conservatives stated he would assist the introduction of any measures wanted to assist defeat the virus.
Douglas Ross informed BBC Scotland that each accessible choice must be thought-about.
“We have seen the issues that we have if we don’t get on top of it, and if we don’t make the difficult decisions to reimpose some restrictions,” he stated.
“So everything that has to be done must be done to ensure we don’t get a second wave of this pandemic that puts pressure on our hospitals and our NHS again.
“I assist all the things that may be executed to assist beating this horrible pandemic.”
The first minister urged people to take part in a UK-wide Covid infection survey.
Up to 15,000 people in Scotland will be tested every fortnight and households will be randomly selected for the survey and invited to participate.
Those taking part will do their own tests and some will be asked to provide blood samples.
The tests will continue for up to a year and will help scientists see how many people are infected with the virus over time and how many people will ultimately have the infection.