“Tomorrow, in the face of a continued steep rise in the spread of the latest Covid 19 strain, HOLYROOD will be recalled, although Boris Johnson signaled that another successful UK-wide lockdown could be on the cards, warning England of “tougher” steps ahead.
Up to one million doses of the Oxford/AstraZeneca vaccine will be distributed weekly to hospitals and doctors’ offices in the United Kingdom beginning on Monday, rising to two million by mid-January. Over the next few months, the Prime Minister spoke of “tens of millions” of vaccinations and claimed that some sort of normality would return around Easter.
“Nicola Sturgeon announced this morning after a meeting of the resilience committee of the Scottish government on Saturday that she would ask the Scottish Parliament to convene on Monday afternoon to make an urgent statement to MPs to discuss further action because of the “rapid increase in covid cases” that caused “very serious concern.
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She will chair a meeting of the Scottish Cabinet to discuss additional steps that may be appropriate to stop the spread of coronavirus, which has registered more than 50,000 cases a day in the UK in recent days, ahead of the First Minister’s speech to the Scottish Parliament.
The First Minister said in a series of tweets, ‘The rapid increase in covid incidents, induced by the new version, is very worrying.
A indication of what we may be facing is the steep rise and extreme strain faced by the NHS in other parts of the UK. That’s why we need to take all the steps we can to delay the spread as vaccination progresses.
We are in a race between this faster-spreading strain of Covid and the vaccine program, as are other nations. We will need to do something to slow down the virus as we are trying to vaccinate as quickly as possible – to save lives and help the NHS provide for all those who need it.
She said, “All the choices right now are difficult, with tough consequences. Vaccines give us a way out, but since the pandemic started, this new strain makes the era until then the most risky.
“So the government’s responsibility must be to act quickly and decisively in the national interest.”
Noting that the virus is a “real threat to life and health” and would also affect the economy if left unchecked, Ms. Sturgeon again called on the public to “stay at home as much as possible and avoid non-essential interactions with other households.”
“The even steeper rise and intense pressure on the NHS seen in some other parts of the UK is a sign of what we could face in Scotland if we don’t take all possible steps now to slow the spread of the virus as the vaccination program moves forward.” a Scottish government spokesman later noted.
The Prime Minister, speaking on the BBC’s Andrew Marr Show, said he was “totally reconciled” with the possible tightening of the anti-Covid steps south of the border.
The opposition needed to question the Scottish independence of the SNP, Tony Blair said.
In the next few weeks, we will have to do things that are going to be harder in certain parts of the country; I am completely reconciled with that. Obviously, there are a range of tougher steps that we will have to take.
I’m not going to talk on what they’re going to be right now, but I’m sure all of our viewers and listeners are going to understand what that sort of thing is going to be…. Clearly, one of those things was the school closings that we had to do in March.
Mr. Johnson made it clear that the way out of the tier scheme was a mass vaccination campaign.
What we’re doing now is using the tiering system, which is a really difficult system… and it’s only going to get harder, sadly, to keep things under control. But we’re going to check it.’
The Prime Minister welcomed the prospect of vaccines being carried out “in tens of millions, and that is something that should keep individuals on their toes at a time that I predicted would be a very bumpy time in your October broadcast.” It’s bumpy, it’s going to be bumpy,’ he explained.
The comments came as another national lockdown was requested by the council leader of Liverpool to deal with a new strain of Covid-19 u