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COVID-19 strain: Scottish Cabinet to meet on severe measures

By Oluwaseun Sonde

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The rapid increase in COVID-19 cases driven by the new variant is of serious concern in Scotland, while the Scottish Cabinet will meet to consider further actions to limit the spread of the virus.

The First Minister of Scotland, Nicola Sturgeon disclosed this on her official social platform on Sunday, she said the steep increases and severe pressure being experienced in other parts of the United Kingdom is a sign of what may lie ahead.

According to her, “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.

“Following a meeting of Scotland Government resilience committee yesterday to assess latest situation, the Cabinet will meet tomorrow to consider further action to limit spread and I’ve asked for Scotland Parliament to be recalled tomorrow afternoon so that I can set out our decisions in a statement”, she said.

Sturgeon added that all decisions will be 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”.

She advised the Scottish people to continue to take Covid seriously, as it is a real threat to life and health and, if it runs out of control, it damages the economy more too. “Please stay at home as much as possible and avoid non essential interactions with other households”, she said. 







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