Nicola Sturgeon Update: Tuesday afternoon, Nicola Sturgeon delivered her first Covid briefing since August 3, when she announced that Scotland will advance beyond the level zero threshold.
Now, two weeks after the repeal of the majority of Scotland’s remaining limitations on Covid, the number of Covid cases is on the increase once more.
On Monday, the number of reported cases in the United States exceeded 3,000 for the fifth day in a row, following a six-week peak a few days earlier.
While asked about the surge, National Clinical Director Professor Jason Leitch said that he was “concerned,” adding that he had informed leaders of “the truth about the condition of the epidemic” when offering advice to the government.
After the announcement was made, the Cabinet convened on Tuesday morning to debate it in advance of the first minister’s public address.
Just days before, it was announced that the Scottish government will hold a public investigation examining the management of the epidemic before the end of the year. Nicola Sturgeon has stated that if the number of reported instances of covid continues to grow throughout the country, covid lockdown restrictions may be reinstated in Scotland.
Since the beginning of the epidemic, Scotland has had its highest daily covid numbers. The previous 24 hours have seen an increase in the number of cases detected to 4,323.
The First Minister said the following during a briefing: “We can’t rule out the possibility of having to re-impose some limitations in the future. Of course, we hope that we will not be required to do so.”
“We are in a vulnerable and perhaps very important point in our journey through this pandemic,” she added. There are presently 364 individuals in hospital with the virus in Scotland (an increase of eight from the previous week), with 43 of them in intensive care units.
An independent public investigation will be launched by the Scottish Government by the end of the year, it was announced earlier this month.
After returning to school last week, the number of daily cases of the coronavirus more than doubled, prompting Nicola Sturgeon to provide an emergency coronavirus briefing today afternoon in Scotland.
First Minister Jacinda Ardern announced on social media that she will be informing the public on the latest coronavirus data at approximately noon today and that she will be accompanied by Chief Medical Officer Dr. Gregor Smith for the presentation.
According to the most recent Scottish Government data, a staggering 3,189 new cases were registered yesterday, despite the fact that no new fatalities were reported.
However, because most registration offices are closed on Saturdays and Sundays, the number of fatalities that may be reported during this time can be reduced.
Glasgow and the City of Edinburgh continue to be the locations with the largest number of infections, with the two cities accounting for 789 of the new coronavirus cases in the last week alone.
Nicola Sturgeon sent out a tweet this morning saying: “With cases on the rise once again – both in Scotland and overseas – I will be providing an update on Covid at 12.15pm today. Dr. Gregor Smith, our Chief Marketing Officer, will be joining me. Please tune in if at all possible.”