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Scotland to adopt tiered alert system similar to rest of UK



Scotland’s new tiered alert system will align closely with the rest of the UK, according to First Minister Nicola Sturgeon.

Speaking at the coronavirus briefing in Edinburgh on Monday – directly following a Cobra meeting with the Prime Minister and leaders of the devolved administrations – the First Minister said the measure would follow the new restrictions put in place for two weeks north of the border.

The proposal will be put before the Scottish Parliament after the October recess.

Ms Sturgeon said: “At a strategic level, we will be looking to align as closely as possible with the other UK nations – I think it is important and it makes sense to try and do that.

“Though, I would stress that operational decisions about what tiers may apply in which parts of our nations will be for each of us to take at a devolved level.”

Mrs Sturgeon said that along with the tiered alert system a number of other measures would be put in place. These include a revamp of the testing strategy, the extension of face covering regulations, as well as strengthening compliance with public health guidance around self-isolation.

Her comments came after heavy restrictions were put on hospitality businesses last week in response to a rise in coronavirus cases.

Speaking today Mrs Sturgeon said that compliance with the new restrictions – which were put in place on Friday – was “good”.

She thanked individuals and businesses for complying with the new measures.

She said: “The early anecdotal evidence that we have from the police would suggest that compliance with the new rules and with rules generally has been good.

“That’s encouraging – these new restrictions are really tough for everybody and they are tough for businesses, particularly in the hospitality sector.

“Nobody is unaware of that, but they are vital for helping to stem the increase in cases, bring it back under control and of course stem the increase in hospital admissions and illness that we have been seeing.”

With the measures in place for two weeks, Ms Sturgeon said the Scottish Government was looking to ensure the long-term suppression of the virus.

In total 291 people have tested positive for coronavirus over the last 24 hours. It means that 39,959 people in total have tested positive for the virus in Scotland.



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