COVID-19 update by the First Minister to the Scottish Parliament
The First Minister gave a further unscheduled COVID-19 Update to the Scottish Parliament at midday today before FMQs.
The key points of the update were:
- 5,951 new Covid-19 cases in Scotland yesterday.
- 45.4% of these cases were the Omicron variant.
- SG expect Omicron to become the dominant strain in Scotland by tomorrow.
- This will drive a further rapid increase in cases over coming days.
- FM “profoundly concerned” by situation.
- Booster and vaccine delivery continues to be rapidly being rolled out.
- Omicron is spreading faster than booster rollout can keep pace with.
- Therefore everyone must act to slow transmission.
- Action required now to avoid NHS being overwhelmed.
- FM stresses this is “not a choice between protecting health or the economy.”
- FM strongly underlines advice on provided on Tuesday again.
- Urges public to reduce contact with other households as much as possible.
- Urges public to stay at home as much as possible.
- Reiterates that the risk of catching COVID now is very high.
- Consider if meeting others is vital at the present time, every interaction will risk individuals Christmas plans.
- Business needs the type and scale of financial support available as earlier on in the pandemic.
- Devolved Governments don’t’ have access to necessary business support funds.
- Therefore urgent financial support from the UK Government is required.
- FM has written to the PM and Treasury today asking for a meeting later today.
- Duty to protect NHS, lives, and livelihoods SG top priority.
The Scottish Government have also just published the updated business advice and guidance, you can see it here
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