Scotland losing control of Covid cases with experts saying country must stay in lockdown


Nicola Sturgeon discusses Scotland’s restrictions

This week, Glasgow saw a rise in new infections which appeared to be linked to the spread of new variants. Parts of south Glasgow recorded “clusters” of new infections which raised the city’s virus rate to 74 per 100,000. In comparison, there are 25.5 per 100,000 for Scotland as a whole.
Ms Sturgeon has said the situation in Glasgow is being monitored “very closely”.

She tweeted: “We are seeing an increase in cases in Glasgow just now and, amidst concern about the so-called Indian variant, we are monitoring it very closely.”

But Dr Deepti Gurdasani, a clinical epidemiologist and senior lecturer at Queen Mary University of London, said lifting restrictions across Scotland was premature.

Dr Gurdasani told BBC Good Morning Scotland: “The idea is certainly premature, in fact the government should be considering the opposite.

Nicola Sturgeon losing the ball with coronavirus

Nicola Sturgeon losing the ball with coronavirus (Image: Getty)

Coronavirus cases in Glasgow continue to rise

Coronavirus cases in Glasgow continue to rise (Image: Getty)

“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.”

She added how the arrival of new variants was a result of a “failed border policy”.

National clinical director Jason Leitch said the increasing numbers are a cause for concern.

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Cases of coronavirus rise across Glasgow

Cases of coronavirus rise across Glasgow (Image: Getty)

However, he added that it is “relatively contained, not yet exponential growth like we have seen with this virus before”.

Public health experts warned a spike in infections across Glasgow could be linked to the so-called B.1.617.2 variant.

This variant was first identified in India and has been labelled a “variant of concern” by Public Health England.

Paul Hunter, professor in medicine at the University of East Anglia, said the Indian variant “clearly has been out-competing” the Kent variant in a number of areas around the UK.

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Coronavirus cases across the UK

Coronavirus cases across the UK (Image: Express)

He said: “Indeed it’s now in most regions of the UK, with the possible exception of Yorkshire and Humber in the North East, which seem to have very few cases so far.”

Mr Hunter added: “It seems to be a little bit more resistant from the early indications, from what people are saying who are doing this sort of work.

“Not as resistant as the South African variant, but a little bit more resistant than the Kent variant.

“And when you look at the numbers of cases that we’re seeing, it is predominantly increasing in those people who are of an age that won’t really have had much access to vaccines so far.

Scotland began easing lockdown restrictions

Scotland began easing lockdown restrictions (Image: Getty)

“So it’s not all bad news because even people who get the infection seem to be getting a much milder infection if they’ve had vaccine, and we’ve heard doctors talking about this from India, saying that people after vaccine are still getting the Indian variant but much less severely.

“And there’s some evidence indeed in the UK that once you’ve had the vaccine you may well still get Covid but it’ll be substantially less severe generally than it would have been otherwise.”

Glasgow is not the only region in Scotland to experience a rise in cases after Moray recorded several new cases.

Scottish First Minister Nicola Sturgeon

Scottish First Minister Nicola Sturgeon (Image: Getty)

Moray has an infection rate four times the Scotland-wide level and the number of hospital admissions have been rising since mid-April.

Ms Sturgeon confirmed that the next stage of the roadmap will take place on May 17, with mainland Scotland moving to Level 2 and the islands to Level 1.

The First Minister said it is “very likely” Moray will remain at Level 3 due to the rising number of cases.

This post originally appeared on Daily Express :: UK Feed


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