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Coronavirus restrictions reimposed in western Scotland

Boris Johnson and Nicola Sturgeon Boris Johnson and Nicola Sturgeon
Bennie Garza | 05 September, 2020, 13:55

He said: "The virus is spreading here again, just like anywhere else in the United Kingdom and Europe".

First Minister Nicola Sturgeon said the rules will be in force for two weeks.

The daily incidence rate of Covid-19 is now nearly 33 new cases per 100,000 people in West Dunbartonshire, 22 in Glasgow and nearly 19 in East Renfrewshire.

In what she described as a "wake-up call" for the entire country, she said that from midnight last night people in the affected areas must not visit other households or host guests in their homes except in emergencies.

Ms Sturgeon said the restrictions had "not been put in place lightly", adding they were "necessary and, we believe, proportionate". If we let it, this virus will spread rapidly.

Speaking at Scotland's daily coronavirus briefing, Ms Sturgeon also announced 101 more cases of coronavirus had been detected, and one more person had died after testing positive for the virus.

There has been some criticism of the decision to impose restrictions on household meetings in the Glasgow area while leaving hospitality venues like bars and restaurants open.

Ms Sturgeons comments come days after lockdown measures were tightened in Glasgow and for two surrounding areas.

"While I know this will be hard, it is essential", she said.

She said: "If these numbers continue but this is the fear if they rise further, more people will fall ill with Covid and more people will end up in hospital we'll also see growing pressure in our test and protect teams which traces contact for each person with Covid and are absolutely vital in our battle to keep it under control".

"I want to be clear that it is not just house parties".

"So we have to make sure we don't give him that opportunity".

"The risk is that it spreads in all sorts of different ways and unfortunately it is population-based measures we have to use to stop that happening".

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