The Scottish government announced on Tuesday that it would halt deconfinement in much of Scotland due to the spread of the delta variant (the Indian version), while increasing pressure on UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson to do the same in England.
“We are currently at a delicate and critical point”, in the fight against the virus, announced Prime Minister Nicola Sturgeon, announcing maintenance in Zone Two of the Alert for several areas including Scottish (meetings are limited to six people indoors) , discotheques are closed), including in the capital Edinburgh.
Only some unaffected areas, such as Aberdeen, will be able to pass Level 1 restrictions on Saturday, allowing citizens to meet in large groups.
This “difficult and complicated” decision was taken in the face of the arrival of the delta variant, which “spreads faster than previous variants”, she said, adding that it will “soon half of the new daily cases”.
“It is safe – with such a high number of cases in these areas and a substantial proportion of adults who have not yet received their second dose[of the vaccine]– to keep these areas at level two for an additional period of time.” , Sturgeon said.
The city of Glasgow, the only region so far remains at level three of alert (cinemas, closed stadiums, no alcohol served indoors) for its part could slightly relax its restrictive measures on Saturday, with such cases Front which are “stable and starting to decline,” declared the prime minister.
The United Kingdom, the most injured country in Europe with nearly 128,000 dead, has given each of its provinces the power to decide their own strategy in the face of the virus.
The Scottish decision adds to pressure already on Boris Johnson to follow the same strategy in England, where an outbreak of the delta variant, which first appeared in India, could jeopardize the lifting of the final restrictions, which were initially 21 was scheduled for June.
Experts have effectively warned of a possible third wave in the UK, which has seen more than 3,000 new infections a day in recent days, compared to around 2,000 in recent days.
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