By refusing to ease Covid 19 restrictions in Edinburgh, denying scientific evidence, NICOLA Sturgeon was accused of undermining confidence in public health messages.
Council representatives in the capital have insisted that public health officials were told late last week and over the weekend that at the weekly review on Tuesday, the drug will be moved from tier 3 to tier 2 of the Scottish government’s system.
Discussions also showed no justification for the authority to think it will stay in Stage 3 between Deputy First Minister John Swinney and SNP council leader Adam McVey, Mr. McVey said.
Richard Leonard, the Scottish Labour Party leader, stated that the situation in Edinburgh “undermines public confidence in the government’s message” and cautioned that “it will deter compliance.”
But the First Minister insisted that in the coming weeks, a reckless approach could lead to Edinburgh being forced into Level 4 lockdown steps.
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“Mr. Leonard said in First Minister’s Question Time, “We know that public health officials have told the leadership of the Council and the Chief Executive of Edinburgh that the city should be moved to Stage 2.
Why did the First Minister and her cabinet vote to overturn this council, then? ”
In Edinburgh, cases have increased by 14 percent, test positivity has increased by 0.5 percent and case numbers have increased in four of the past seven days, the First Minister told MSPs.
She added that it would have posed a “significant risk to the overall situation,” to move Edinburgh to Stage 2, adding that it would not have been “a safe or rational decision.”
Ms. Sturgeon also insisted that “at no point was the City of Edinburgh Council told that they would go to Stage 2 this week.”
“She added: “There was an interaction with the Council of the Deputy First Minister.
“We’re not giving any hints about what’s happening. We’re going to stand and talk openly about the factors we’re considering. The final decision will be made at the weekly Cabinet meeting on Tuesday morning.”
Mr. Leonard noted the slight rise in incidents, but emphasized that “well within Tier 2 levels.” the numbers left the region.
He added: “It’s more than just about the city of Edinburgh, it’s about transparency, it’s about public trust.”
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Because the argument is this – the First Minister risks losing the public’s trust by overriding suggestions based on available evidence and guidance from her own public health experts.
“The government too often seems to assume that people will act irresponsibly, and that assumption is pushing businesses in Edinburgh and across the country to their limits,” she said.
“Decisions like the one this week seem to be political rather than scientific.”
The allegation of a “political decision,” was denied by the First Minister, referring to the SNP leadership of the City of Edinburgh Council, which operates the authority in collaboration with the Labour Party.
She said, ‘Why would I do that on earth?
When there is no need to do so, why would I make decisions that are unpopular? ”
“Ms. Sturgeon added: “When we have a rising pattern of infections and positive tests in the city of Edinburgh, it is very important that we do not loosen restrictions.
“If we did that, I’d be standing here in a few weeks talking about a situation in Edinburgh that’s out of control and we might have to move Edinburgh to Stage 4.”