Following a Cabinet meeting, Nicola Sturgeon will hold a press conference on the latest coronavirus mutant strain.
The First Minister had earlier cautioned that it was appropriate to introduce “preventative measures” to prevent the “faster-spreading strain from taking hold.”
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On Saturday afternoon, Scottish government ministers met to address scientists’ discovery that the new coronavirus variant is spreading faster.
The media briefing is expected to begin at 5:30 p.m., with acting Chief Medical Officer Dr. Gregor Smith and National Clinical Director Jason Leitch accompanying the First Minister.
The press briefing comes after Prime Minister Boris Johnson announced that as of Sunday morning, due to the spread of the virus in parts of London, the South East and the East of England, a new Level 4 coronavirus restriction would be enforced.
The new restrictions are required because of the spread of a version of the coronavirus that transmits faster than the original, Prime Minister Boris Johnson said.
“He told a Downing Street briefing, “It seems that the latest form of the virus that we spoke about earlier this week is now driving this spread.
Our advisors in the New and Evolving Respiratory Virus Threats Advisory Group (Nervtag) have been studying this new variant for the last few days – there is no indication that it causes more serious disease or higher mortality, but it seems to be transmitted much faster.
Amid concerns about the latest Covid variant, Nicola Sturgeon warns that “preventative measures may be needed”
Nervtag’s early research indicates that the new variant could increase R by 0.4 or more, and although major uncertainties remain, it could be up to 70% more transmissible than the old variant.
“This is early data that needs to be verified, but it’s the best we have right now, and we need to act on the information as soon as we have it because the virus is spreading very rapidly now.”
“We are sacrificing the chance to see our loved ones this Christmas so that we have a better chance of protecting their lives so that we can see them at future Christmases.” the Prime Minister said.