Nicola Sturgeon accepts blame as Scotland struggles with Covid spikes 'Got things wrong'

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Nicola Sturgeon accepts blame as Scotland struggles with Covid spikes 'Got things wrong'

Nicola Sturgeon said she has "got things wrong" in her handling of the coronavirus and said it will "undoubtedly" be the case in the future. Scotla

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Nicola Sturgeon said she has “got things wrong” in her handling of the coronavirus and said it will “undoubtedly” be the case in the future. Scotland has recorded 11 deaths of coronavirus patients and 2,529 new cases in the past 24 hours, Nicola Sturgeon has said. The death toll under this measure – of people who first tested positive for the virus within the previous 28 days – is now 4,633.

Speaking at the daily briefing, Ms Sturgeon said: “I’ve never tried to shy away from the fact that Governments have got things wrong and my Government has got things wrong and I have got things wrong and that will undoubtedly be the case.

“I will try very hard not to but we are still in a really difficult complex, challenging situation.

“But the position we’re in right now, I don’t think it’s fair to characterise as a failure on the part of the public.

“We were in a very challenging position at the end of last year with a rise in transmission and we had to put restrictions on again.

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“But relatively speaking in a UK context and especially in a European context, case levels were lower in Scotland than in many other places.”

Ms Sturgeon urged people without a “genuine essential purpose” for leaving their homes to stay put as mainland Scotland returned to lockdown until at least the end of January.

The latest restrictions came into effect from midnight in all Level 4 areas of the Scottish Government’s five-tier system in a bid to combat further spread of the new, more infectious coronavirus strain.

Scotland’s First Minister announced the new rules on Monday afternoon, just hours before Prime Minister Boris Johnson also imposed a third national lockdown on England.

A legally-enforceable stay-at-home order applies across mainland Scotland and Skye, with people only permitted to leave their home for an “essential purpose”, such as essential shopping, exercise, caring for someone or being part of an extended household.

Anyone able to work from home must do so. However, those shielding to protect themselves from Covid-19 should not go into work – even if they cannot work from home.

Speaking at the Scottish Government’s coronavirus briefing on Tuesday, Ms Sturgeon: “Staying at home whenever possible is the best way of protecting ourselves, protecting each other, protecting the NHS and ultimately saving lives.”

She added: “Fundamentally, I’m asking everybody to really try hard to stay at home as much as possible, and only leave home if it is for a genuinely essential purpose.”

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Around half of the new cases are thought to be the new variant, a proportion which Ms Sturgeon said is “rising”.

The number of hospital patients confirmed to have coronavirus has also risen steeply to 1,347, up 255 in a week.

Of these patients, 93 are in intensive care, an increase of 28 in the same period.

Ms Sturgeon said 11 deaths of coronavirus patients who first tested positive for the virus within the previous 28 days were recorded in the past 24 hours, taking this toll to 4,633.



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