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Scotland takes action over Indian variant and local lockdowns to return

by LLB political Reporter
14th May 21 5:32 pm

Scotland’s First Minister, Nicola Sturgeon has announced that Glasgow and Moray will stay in strict lockdown following a surge in cases.

These two areas will remain at the alert level three out of their five tier system whilst the rest of Scotland will be moved to level two on Monday.

Data published on Friday shows that in Glasgow in the seven days to 11 May there were 80.4 cases per 100,000 population, with Moray at 68.9.

A scientist has warned that it is too premature to lift restrictions and has called for immediate action to control the spread of the Indian variant.

Clinical epidemiologist Dr Deepti Gurdasani and senior lecturer at Queen Mary University of London, told BBC Radio Scotland’s Good Morning Scotland programme on Friday, “The idea is certainly premature, in fact the Government should be considering the opposite.

“In Scotland as a whole we’ve actually seen the number of new cases double in the last week, and while the cases are so low it’s hard to see exponential rises.

“This is what early exponential rises look like and we’re seeing loss of control of the pandemic in many parts of Scotland, and the situation is likely much wider and other places will follow unless action is taken to actually prevent this and pre-empt this now.”

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