Nicola Sturgeon urged the public not to drop their vigilance after she confirmed that there has been no new coronavirus deaths in Scotland for the past two days. However, she said that the number of positive COVID-19 infection cases in Scotland has reached its highest daily rise in three weeks. Her press briefing to Scotland was branded a “power trip” after she was accused of “lecturing” to Scots on how to wear a face mask.
It is now compulsory to wear a face covering in Scotland in shops and on public transport and Ms Sturgeon said police can issue fines to those who do not follow this law.
She said: “We have been in lockdown for more than three months now but being in lockdown ourselves has meant that the virus has also been in lockdown.
“As we come out of lockdown unfortunately we let it out again too.
“We have to work in a sense even harder to make sure it doesn’t get those opportunities to spread.”
Scotland is now in Phase Three of the lockdown route map, following Ms Sturgeon’s announcement
The mandatory wearing of masks or other coverings in all retail stores adds a “layer of protection”, according to Ms Sturgeon.
The SNP leader said masks said should be regarded as being as necessary as seatbelts in cars.
Reaction to the briefing saw viewers remark that “Sturgeon loves her power trip”.
Another added: “I’m starting to think Sturgeon – currently giving a lecture, sorry, briefing – is enjoying being a Covid dictator a little too much. It’s as if it’s a dream come true for SNP lifestyle policing.”
One viewer said: “Also, one can’t help but conclude, respectfully, that Sturgeon just enjoys the sound of her own voice…”
Others noted: “Nicola Sturgeon’s briefing is getting more like going to your grannies for lunch than an incident update.”
The Scottish First Minister declared that patients testing positive for COVID-19 are up to 18333, a rise of 18 on yesterday.
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Scotland is now in Phase Three of the lockdown route map, following Ms Sturgeon’s announcement at the three-weekly review date on Thursday.
During that announcement, she also said that pubs, restaurants and hairdressers would be allowed to open on Wednesday, July 15.
People in Scotland can now also meet their friends and family indoors, with a limit of eight people from three households – including the host’s home.
Ms Sturgeon added that she was confident the public will cover their faces in shops as it becomes legally required today.