Nicola Sturgeon warns R might be ABOVE one in Scotland

Nicola Sturgeon warns R might be ABOVE one in Scotland

May 21, 2021

Nicola Sturgeon warns R might be ABOVE one in Scotland with Indian variant driving spread as she says Glasgow will stay in tougher lockdown

Nicola Sturgeon today warned the R rate in Scotland might be above one as she warned the Indian variant appears to be driving outbreaks.

The Scottish First minister warned of the threat posed by the strain as she announced that Glasgow will remain under tougher lockdown measures for another week.

At a media briefing, Ms Sturgeon warned that the city had not ‘turned the corner’ despite intensive efforts to clamp down on infections with surge testing and vaccinations.

However, she said Moray – which had also been held back before when restrictions in the rest of Scotland were downgraded – will now move down from Level 3 to Level 2 from midnight.

East Renfrewshire will stay in Level 2 despite calls from some experts for tougher curbs, although Ms Sturgeon the situation would remain under ‘close review’. 

Nicola Sturgeon today warned the R rate in Scotland might be above one as she warned the Indian variant appears to be driving outbreaks

Ms Sturgeon told the briefing that Scotland has recorded 414 new coronavirus cases and no deaths in the past 24 hours.

The daily test positivity rate was 1.9 per cent, up from 1.6 per cent the previous day.

There were 81 people in hospital on Thursday with recently confirmed Covid-19, down two from the previous day, and of these four people were in intensive care, down one from the day before.

So far 3,820,251 people have received the first dose of a Covid-19 vaccination.

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