A circuit breaker lockdown is among the options being considered to slow the recent rise of coronavirus infections in Scotland, it has been reported.
Scotland has seen a sharp rise in coronavirus with cases more than doubling in the past week, and the country recorded its highest number of new daily cases on Thursday.
Earlier this week, First Minister Nicola Sturgeon said it was one of the sharpest rises the country had experienced at “any point during the pandemic”, and she said if the surge continued some restrictions may need to be re-introduced.
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Public health experts are reportedly lining up a series of options including new rules on social distancing and so-called vaccine certificates.
The Daily Record is reporting that it is believed that the most recent lifting of restrictions will be the first to be considered for reversal by Scottish Office ministers.
A source told The Times : “There are two options: You could either put in a circuit breaker, you could shut down completely for a short period. Or you could move back through the stages and say we are going to limit indoor gatherings, we are going to re-introduce distancing.”
Like Wales, Scotland moved beyond the coronavirus levels system earlier this month – which paved the way for the reopening of nightclubs while legal social distancing measures were scrapped. Children also returned to the classroom earlier this month.
Since then, there has been a sharp increase in the number of new Covid infections.
Infection rates in Wales are also increasing, with the latest infection rate across Wales as a whole on Thursday at 334.1 per 100,000 people – up from 321.7 recorded on Wednesday. Find c ases for your area here.
Wales’ First Minister Mark Drakeford confirmed today there will be no immediate changes to the current coronavirus rules as Wales marks three weeks since nearly all restrictions were scrapped.
The public health position is “worse than it was three weeks ago” thanks to rising infection rates but the Welsh Government sees no reason to change the restrictions that remain in place in Wales, bar some minor amendments
Mr Drakeford said: “The number of cases is increasing and the public health position is worse than it was three weeks ago, when we moved into alert level zero. It’s vital we all keep taking precautions to ensure the progress we have won is not lost.”
He urged people to get vaccinated and to take “everyday steps” to reduce infection risk. He added: “Actions like these will help stop the need for any stronger measures. The pandemic is still with us and that means we have to get vaccinated and continue to take precautions to keep the virus under control.”
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