Sturgeon, Nicola LIVE: A new Scotland lockdown is on the horizon, with Covid laws due to be strengthened TODAY.
Following a spike in cases, NICOLA STURGEON is set to give an update on the coronavirus epidemic in Scotland this afternoon.
Since Scotland abandoned the levels system on August 9, the First Minister will address MSPs for the first time in Holyrood, though she has held a small number of Covid media briefings since then. There have been no substantial changes in the last month, but there is talk that some lockdown limitations may be reinstated in order to combat the virus’s recent spike.
With 6,029 cases recorded on Tuesday, the record for the highest number of cases has been broken three times in the last seven days.
In hospitals, there were 585 patients, up 34 in a day, with 54 in intensive care, up two.
Earlier pandemic maxima were 2,053 in hospitals and 221 in intensive care units.
With 7,113 instances reported on Sunday, it was the highest day of the week.
While some restrictions may be reinstated, it is unlikely that any significant modifications will be made as a result of the vaccine’s effectiveness in Scotland.
A total of 3,680,761 persons have gotten both doses of the Covid vaccine as of Tuesday.
Jason Leitch, national clinical director, said his advise is to “stop transmission” by limiting “indoor unventilated” venues that draw groups.
“Transmission happens indoors, unventilated, in crowds,” Professor Leitch explained. So, if you want to stop transmission, think about regions that meet those requirements and can be turned back a little bit.”
When asked if this includes bars and nightclubs, he said that “could be where you start,” but that governments would have to consider the economic consequences of reopening them.
Ms Sturgeon is scheduled to address in Parliament at 2:00 p.m. before taking questions from MSPs.
The First Minister will be grilled by the opposition and SNP/Green politicians.
The Scottish Parliament TV Channel will broadcast the update.
It’s also on the official Facebook page of the Scottish Parliament.
The Express will provide live updates during the announcement.