News ID: 315815
Published: 0201 GMT August 28, 2021

Scotland records highest number of daily COVID cases

Scotland records highest number of daily COVID cases
PA

Scotland recorded the highest number of daily COVID cases since the pandemic began, as Nicola Sturgeon issued a plea to the UK vaccines watchdog to reach a decision on vaccination of 12- to 16-year-olds quickly.

Announcing a new daily record of 6,835 infections – more than 1,800 above the previous highest figure on Thursday – at her regular briefing, the first minister said, “We are not currently considering a circuit-breaker lockdown,” the Guardian reported.

She said the surge in cases, which health officials believe is driven partly by the return of Scottish schools after the summer holidays, several weeks earlier than in the rest of the UK, was “cause for concern”. Scotland’s overall rate of new cases is at 431.5 per 100,000.

Sturgeon stressed the “vital importance” of everyone playing their part, for example by following the rules on face coverings that remain in place, adding that “none of us want to go backwards to even limited restrictions”.

On Wednesday, data showed that about a third of Scotland’s new cases were in the under-19 age group, and on Friday Sturgeon confirmed that 44% of 16- and 17-year-olds had had their first dose of a vaccine. She added that she “really hopes” the Joint Committee on Vaccination and Immunisation (JCVI) will soon recommend the vaccination, based on the evidence, for all 12- to 15-year-olds.

“If I was making a plea to the JCVI, and it’s not for me to tell them what decision to reach and they’ve got to do that on the basis of the evidence, but please make it quickly.”

The Scottish rates were announced as analysis compiled by the PA Media news agency revealed that parts of Wales and southwest England were also experiencing case rates higher than at any point since mass testing was first introduced in summer 2020, amid warnings of a further increase in the spread of the virus in the coming weeks, with more pupils set to return to school and a bank holiday weekend about to begin except in Scotland.

 

 

 

 

   
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