UK Covid: 4,182 new cases per day, up sharply since April 1; Glasgow remains at level 3 – as it happened | Politics
Nicola Sturgeon has confirmed Glasgow will remain in Scotland’s second toughest lockdown regime for at least another week, and warned Scotland as a whole may not go down a level, after cases of Covid continued to increase.
The Prime Minister said the latest infection and hospitalization figures in Greater Glasgow and Clyde show cases are continuing to rise, so it would be unwise to move the city from level 3 to 2 this weekend, or to cope with an upsurge in cases.
Glasgow’s case rate fell from 112 per 100,000 to 146 per 100,000, with a test positivity rate of around 4%, she said. However, there were signs of an increase in testing and the extension of vaccinations to younger residents suggesting the flare was waning. This meant that the city could go down one level on June 5.
“It would be premature to take Glasgow out of rank 3 immediately when the situation remains so fragile. However, if incidents continue to stabilize and assuming hospitalization levels remain reasonably stable, the incident management team would support the move to level 2 at the end of next week, ”she said. .
She told a press briefing that Scotland’s R-number, the rate at which cases are increasing or decreasing, could reach 1.3, showing that infections are on the rise. Much of this was due to the growth of cases in Glasgow. At least 50% of cases in Scotland are from the April 2 variant in India.
The number of cases had jumped by more than a quarter last week, with 641 cases in the past 24 hours being the highest daily figure since March 25. This meant the Scottish government could decide not to bring Scotland as a whole to Level 1 on June 7, as currently planned, she said.
Sturgeon said the number of people in Scottish hospitals rose to 90 overnight, up from seven; the number in intensive care increased from two to six, and there had been two deaths of people with confirmed infections.
She said vaccinations grew, with nearly 2 million people now receiving their second doses, and 3.2 million with their first dose. This gave him “real hope” that the vaccinations would significantly reduce the impact and lethality of the virus, which would eliminate hospitalizations. This would, over time, allow the current foreclosure restrictions to be further relaxed.
Sturgeon added that she had heard vehement complaints from businessmen and opposition leaders about the very short notice given for changes to Glasgow’s lockdown level. She would announce on Wednesday whether the city would move or stay at level 3 on Saturday.