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Nicola Sturgeon urgently recalls Parliament as Scotland COVID cases spiral out of control

Sturgeon fires warning over ‘dominant’ new variant

The Scottish First Minister said she would be recalling Parliament on Monday afternoon, to discuss further measures due to “a rapid increase in Covid cases” causing “very serious concerns”. Her Cabinet is expected to be recalled on Monday morning to discuss any additional measures that may be required to stop the spread the virus. 

In a statement this morning, Ms Sturgeon said: “The rapid increase in Covid cases, driven by the new variant, is of very serious concern.

“The steep increases and severe NHS pressure being experienced in other parts of the UK is a sign of what may lie ahead. So we must take all steps to slow spread while vaccination progresses.

“We, like other countries, are in a race between this faster spreading strain of Covid and the vaccination programme.

“As we work to vaccinate as quickly as possible, we must also do more to slow down the virus – to save lives and help the NHS care for all those who need it.”

 

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“Following a meeting of the Scottish government resilience committee yesterday to assess latest situation, the Cabinet will meet tomorrow am to consider further action to limit spread and I’ve asked for Scottish Parliament to be recalled tomorrow afternoon so that I can set out our decisions in a statement.

“All decisions just now are tough, with tough impacts. Vaccines give us way out, but this new strain makes the period between now and then the most dangerous since start of pandemic.

“So the responsibility of government must be to act quickly and decisively in the national interest.”

Mainland Scotland was placed in Level 4, the strictest level of the countries’ restrictions framework by the Scottish Government on Boxing Day whilst Orkney and Shetland in Level 3.

A Scottish Government source told Express.co.uk lockdown measures could resumable March’s national lockdown” as COVID cases across Scotland surge stressing “all options were on the table.” 

Scotland saw an increase of 2,137 new Covid-19 cases in the last 24 hours just short of a record of Friday’s confirmed increase of 2,539 new cases.

As of December 31st, 4,578 people who tested positive for Covid-19 have died whilst the daily test positivity rate is now at 10.8 percent – up from 9.7 percent on Friday.

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