Scottish Prime Minister Nicola Sturgeon has urged Scots to “take it seriously” after the country’s coronavirus infection rate rose. Ms Stargen told the coronavirus in a briefing that the R number refers to the average number of people infected by another infected person. The SNP leader went on to explain that the R-number in Scotland could be above 1 and it could be more than 1.4.
He opened his briefing, confirming that there had been 101 new positive cases in the last 24 hours, and 53 of them were in the Greater Glasgow Health Board area.
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Ms Sturgeon then said that the R-rate had been announced, meaning the spread of the virus was increasing, not decreasing in Scotland.
He said: “The virus is spreading here again, just like anywhere else in the UK and Europe.”
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However, the Prime Minister emphasized that the overall prevalence of the virus in Scotland is low.
Mrs Sturgeon was gridged in June over whether she was “over-optimistic” when she said “the virus was in reverse and we’re moving on to normal”.
The ITV Border reporter quoted Nicola Sturgeon as saying on June 19, when he said: “The virus has not gone away, but I can say that the virus in Scotland is now firmly behind us.
“If we all continue to do the right thing, I will be more optimistic than we have been for a long time on our way back to normalcy.”
The SNP leader argued that he had always said fighting the virus had to be a “long way”
He added: “The virus will take every opportunity we are given.
“So we have to make sure we don’t give him that opportunity.”
Last week, the UK reported that R&D estimates ranged from 0.9 to 1.1 across the UK.
In England, the estimate was between 0.9 and 1.1.