COVID-19: Glasgow and Moray to remain in Level 3 amid new cases linked to Indian variant | UK News


Glasgow and Moray will remain in Level 3 amid considerations a new surge of COVID-19 cases in Scotland is being pushed by the Indian variant of the virus.

First Minister Nicola Sturgeon mentioned on Friday that these areas will remain at Level 3 of Scotland’s five-tier system of coronavirus restrictions for every week till an extra resolution is made on the finish of subsequent week.

She mentioned the scenario in Glasgow is inflicting much more concern than Moray, with preliminary analysis suggesting the outbreak may very well be being pushed by the Indian variant.


It comes as the remainder of Scotland drops to Level 2 restrictions on Monday, that means cinemas, theatres, live performance halls and stadiums can open throughout the remainder of the nation however not in Glasgow and Moray.

Some issues you are able to do at Level 3:

  • meet in teams of up to six from two households in an indoor public place reminiscent of a restaurant, pub or restaurant
  • you’ll be able to meet in teams of up to six from six households open air, in a non-public backyard or a public place like a park or an outside space of a restaurant
  • beneath 12s don’t depend in direction of the whole variety of folks or households assembly exterior however do depend in direction of the family numbers indoors
  • you’ll be able to journey wherever in Scotland and can keep in vacation lodging – however you shouldn’t keep in another person’s home

At Level 2, you’ll be able to meet socially in teams of up to:

  • six folks from three households in your private home or theirs – and can keep in a single day
  • six folks from three households in an indoor public place like a restaurant, pub or restaurant
  • eight folks from eight households open air

Glasgow has now overtaken Moray as Scotland’s coronavirus hotspot, with an epidemiologist warning the nation is seeing a “lack of management” of the pandemic in some areas.

Figures printed on Friday confirmed there have been 80.4 cases per 100,000 folks in Glasgow in the seven days to 11 Might – surpassing Moray the place there have been 68.9.


Scotland's First Minister Nicola Sturgeon announces a relaxation of COVID restrictions.
Scotland’s First Minister Nicola Sturgeon advised MSPs at Holyrood that Glasgow and Moray will remain in Level 3

Moray skilled an increase in cases that began in April and it had the best price in Scotland in current days.

The spike in infections in Glasgow might embody the Indian B.1.617.2 variant, public well being consultants declare.

Epidemiologist Dr Deepti Gurdasani has warned it will be early to raise restrictions.

She additionally referred to as for motion to forestall the scenario from worsening following considerations in regards to the unfold of one of many new Indian variants of the virus north of the border.

Dr Gurdasani advised BBC Radio Scotland’s Good Morning Scotland programme: “The concept is actually untimely, in truth the Authorities must be contemplating the other.

“In Scotland as an entire we have truly seen the variety of new cases double in the final week, and whereas the cases are so low it is onerous to see exponential rises.

“That is what early exponential rises appear like and we’re seeing lack of management of the pandemic in many elements of Scotland, and the scenario is probably going a lot wider and different locations will comply with except motion is taken to truly forestall this and pre-empt this now.”

Up to now 24 hours, Scotland has recorded two COVID deaths and an extra 215 cases, in accordance to the most recent Scottish Authorities figures.

It brings the whole variety of deaths in the nation for the reason that starting of the pandemic to 7,664.

A complete of 228,908 have examined optimistic for the virus and the each day check positivity price is 1.3%, up from 1.2% the day past.

Of the 215 new cases, 110 have been in the NHS Higher Glasgow and Clyde well being board space.

This was adopted by 37 in NHS Lothian, 21 in NHS Lanarkshire, 16 in NHS Fife and 15 in NHS Grampian – which covers Moray.

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