HOLD THE BUS, LIFTING RESTRICTIONS MAY BE POSTPONED IN THE WEST

By Bill Heaney

Hold the bus – and the trains as well, maybe.  All is not as we thought it would be. Covid is not on the retreat.

And here were we wondering what it was going to be like to get out and about and do a bit of galivanting round the shops.

Reports are coming in that the number of Covid cases in Glasgow has risen further as the first minister prepares to announce if restrictions will ease in the city and in Moray.

The seven-day rate per 100,000 population in Glasgow is 80.4, while in Moray it has fallen to 68.9.

Three other council areas are also narrowly above 50 cases per 100,000, a key benchmark for deciding the appropriate tier of restrictions.

The Scottish government is due to announce its decision on Friday.

On Tuesday, First Minister Nicola Sturgeon, pictured above right,  said Moray was likely to remain under level three Covid restrictions when the rest of mainland Scotland moves down to level two next week.

However, since then a growing number of cases in Glasgow has given cause for concern.

LATE NEWS FROM BBC SCOTLAND:

Glasgow and Moray will remain under level three Covid restrictions for at least another week, First Minister Nicola Sturgeon has announced.

She said the “difficult” decision to retain the existing regulations in Glasgow came after a rise in cases in the city.

It was previously warned that Moray was likely to remain in level three.

Ms Sturgeon said the situation in Glasgow was causing even more concern than Moray.

She said initial research suggested that the outbreak centred in the south side of the city was being driven by the Indian variant of the virus.

The first minister added that people were being asked not to travel in or out of Glasgow and Moray for the coming week, unless the journey was for permitted purposes.

The rest of mainland Scotland will drop down to level two next week, and most islands will be placed in level one.

Ms Sturgeon said: “It is inevitable that as we continue to navigate our way through this pandemic, we will hit bumps in the road.

“However, if we exercise suitable caution as we’re seeking to do today, then even though that is difficult, we are much more likely to stay on the right track overall.”

One comment

  1. Maybe we should try get to the real statistics.

    The key statistics that the First Minister tells us about Glasgow being 80.4 cases per 100,000 or 0.06% is misleading.

    Between 4th and 10th May there has been an enormous explosion of Covid cases in her backyard constituency where in Pollokshaws East and Pollockshaws West respectively there were

    – 35 cases in a population of 5,037 ( or 6.94% )
    – 34 cases in a population of 4,662 ( or 7.3% )

    This is a quite extraordinary infection rate where in theses two areas where over 7 people in every hundred are infected with Covid. And this contrasts with prior week Government figures of 1 person in 760 ( 0.13% ) across Scotland

    Infection rates in Glasgow south side Pollokshaws East and West therefore have a surging infection rate over a hundred times what the Scottish average is. Quite why this out break is occurring will no doubt be understood by the epidemiologists – but one cannot help suspect that it arises from the complexion of cultural behaviours and the apparent resistance for some individuals to refuse vaccination. I make no adverse comment on that only that all of the community needs to participate in keeping infection rates, and especially the Indian variant rates low, or not at all.

    What is I think concerning is however that this outbreak in Nicola Sturgeon’s backyard is being massaged and played down. If we all in Glasgow and the West have to head back into lockdown because of a variant Covid outbreak in her backyard I think there may be big questions to be asked of her.

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