Scotland’s Frist Minister Nicola Sturgeon warned on Wednesday morning that “I’ve made a judgement that we are again at a tipping point with Covid.”
Speaking to Good Morning Britain (GMB) Sturgeon said that she is fearful looking at the data and that the virus could run out of control.
She said, “I’m looking at data that alarms me, frankly, and if we don’t act now, urgently and decisively, then we might find Covid running out of control again.
“So the judgement I’ve made, and it’s not an easy one, is that if we take tough action now we might actually manage to be under these restrictions for a shorter period of time than we will end up being if we delay that action.”
She also apologised for the rate of deaths in care homes saying that her decisions will remain with her for the “rest of her life.”
The First Minister added, “These things will stay with me for the rest of my life, and the knowledge that decisions we took for the best of reasons, based on the information we had at the time… influenced all of these things – no leader worth their salt carries that lightly.
“I think if we can turn the clock back, there are things in many aspects of the handling of this pandemic, including in care homes, that we would undoubtedly do differently.
“We were dealing with a new virus, things like asymptomatic transmission we didn’t understand as well then as we do now, and we’ve made a lot of changes along the way.
“And as we go into winter certainly a big preoccupation of mine and the Scottish Government is how do we protect people in care homes better perhaps than was done before.”
“So these are tough judgements but I think, given the loss of life we know that Covid can result in, the health damage that it does, we’ve got to be prepared at moments like this, people like me, to take tough decisions, and to be prepared to do things even if they’re unpopular, for the greater good.”