Nicola Sturgeon outlines ‘two massive game-changers’ in Scotland’s battle against COVID-19

Nicola Sturgeon announces 'stay at home' order in Scotland

Scotland’s First Minister Nicola Sturgeon stressed the important role both the coronavirus vaccine and the new COVID-19 variant will play in the next phase of the pandemic. Ms Sturgeon added that the new coronavirus variant is a “massive blow” to Scotland’s battle against the deadly virus.

Ms Sturgeon said: In the last two weeks there have been two significant game-changers.

“One the approval of vaccines is hugely positive and it does offer us the way out of this pandemic.

“The other is the new faster-spreading variant of the virus, it is a massive blow.”    

The SNP leader stated that the new variant accounts for nearly half of new cases in Scotland, and is 70% more transmissible, as she announced a legal requirement for Scots to stay at home from midnight.

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She said: “As a result of this new variant, (the virus) has just learned to run much faster, and has most definitely picked up pace in the past couple of weeks.

“It is no exaggeration to say that I am more concerned about the situation that we face now than I have been at any time since March.”

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