Sturgeon fires warning over ‘dominant’ new variant
Scottish First Minister Nicola Sturgeon has said she will reconvene her government on Monday, following concerns of how quickly the new strain of Covid-19 is spreading. Ms Sturgeon said Parliament would meet on Monday afternoon, in order to nail down further measures after “a rapid increase in Covid cases” causing “very serious concerns”.
In a series of tweets, Ms Sturgeon said: “The rapid increase in Covid cases, driven by the new variant, is of very serious concern.
“The steep increases and severe NHS pressure being experienced in other parts of the UK is a sign of what may lie ahead. So we must take all steps to slow spread while vaccination progresses.
“We, like other countries, are in a race between this faster spreading strain of Covid and the vaccination programme.
“As we work to vaccinate as quickly as possible, we must also do more to slow down the virus – to save lives and help the NHS care for all those who need it.
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“Following a meeting of the Scottish government resilience committee yesterday to assess latest situation, the Cabinet will meet tomorrow am to consider further action to limit spread and I’ve asked for Scottish Parliament to be recalled tomorrow afternoon so that I can set out our decisions in a statement.
“All decisions just now are tough, with tough impacts. Vaccines give us way out, but this new strain makes the period between now and then the most dangerous since start of pandemic.
“So the responsibility of government must be to act quickly and decisively in the national interest.”
Scotland has seen an increase of 2,464 new Covid-19 cases in the last 24 hours.
What time is Nicola Sturgeon’s speech today on lockdown?
The First Minister will speak from Holyrood at approximately 2pm, followed by questions.
You can watch Ms Sturgeon live on Scottish Parliament TV and follow the First Minister’s Live YouTube Stream.
The Scottish Government’s official Twitter page – @scotgov – also shares a live video of the speech.
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