Statistics show that the rate of Covid in Scotland is rising, while in the rest of the UK the number of cases is declining.

COVID rates are on the rise in Scotland despite declines in three other UK countries, it was revealed yesterday.

The latest study of infections by the Office for National Statistics also showed that our infection rate is higher than in England last week.


Virus levels in Scotland were higher than in England last week1 credit

And now they are rising for four consecutive weeks, contrary to the apparent downward trend in other parts of the UK.

This comes after the number of Covid-related hospitalizations in Scotland started to rise again over the past two weeks.

And University of Edinburgh epidemiologist Professor Mark Woolhouse warned: “We need to keep an eye on this, especially as the number of hospitalized cases has also started to rise again.

“In my opinion, this data justifies the more cautious approach that will be taken in Scotland over the next few weeks.”

Earlier this week – after Boris Johnson announced the lifting of legal restrictions for England within days – Nicola Sturgeon penciled in the end of the law on masks in closed public places in Scotland from March 21st. However, their use will still be “strongly” advised.

However, dates may be rescheduled if the situation worsens.

The latest results from the ONS Infection Study showed that as of February 17, about 4.57% of Scots were infected with Covid – approximately 22 people. This compares with 3.84%, or one in 26, in England last week; 3.23 percent or one in 31 in Wales; and 7.23 percent, or one in fourteen in Northern Ireland.

People in a hospital in Scotland with newly confirmed Covid peaked at 1571 during the Omicron wave and dropped to 868 on Feb 13. Since then, their number has increased and now stands at 1,041.

Intensive care cases do not seem to be rising anymore and are currently at 11, up from a peak of 59 on January 12.

Nicola Sturgeon announced all of the Covid rule changes TODAY as the new three-tier roadmap was unveiled.

Yesterday, former Scottish Liberal Democrat leader Willie Rennie said: “There are currently more people with Covid in Scotland than in England or Wales, but somehow I doubt the First Minister will go on air to highlight that our infection rate is almost twenty”. percent higher.

“Her attempts to spin the Covid stats to portray herself as a public health genius risk making her pretty stupid now that the shoe is on the other foot.”

Scottish Tory health spokesman Dr Sandesh Gulhane said: “This raises serious doubts about the effectiveness of the First Minister’s tougher restrictions, such as the requirement to wear face masks in classrooms, which is still in place here but not in England.”

Scottish Labor deputy leader Jackie Bailey said: “The facts are clear – the SNP has not been able to contain the spread of Covid in Scotland and we are not fighting the spread of the virus fast enough.”

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