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Nicola Sturgeon’s coronavirus strategy SAVAGED by health experts – ‘not going well!’

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Professor Linda Bauld, of Edinburgh University said the First Minister had drawn up a strategy to drive the virus to the lowest possible level, but surging figures show “it’s not going very well.” Prof Bauld added that Ms Sturgeon is currently “absolutely” using the strategy labelled as “whack-a-mole,” to end local outbreaks in an interview with the Telegraph.

The strategy has been largely used in England and on the Continent to speedily halt the spread of the virus.

However, according to Prof Bauld, Ms Sturgeon had no other choice but to introduce the strategy when two of Scotland’s largest cities, Glasgow and Aberdeen, presented fresh outbreaks.

NHS Greater Glasgow and Clyde raised the alarm after evidence of a small number of infections were found in school environments.

The institutions involved were not named in order “to respect and maintain patient confidentiality.”

However, the First Minister blamed young people attending house parties for the school infection clusters.

The revelation came the day after Ms Sturgeon announced restrictions affecting more than 800,000 people – 15 percent of Scotland’s population.

Glasgow, West Dunbartonshire and East Renfrewshire were the areas covered by the guidelines.

Ms Sturgeon’s Glasgow home was also affected by the restrictions.

Speaking following the Scottish Government’s resilience committee, Ms Sturgeon said: “I think this should be a wake-up call, not just for people in Glasgow city, West Dunbartonshire and East Renfrewshire.

“It should be a wake-up call for all of us to stick to the guidelines and stop this virus spreading any further or any faster.”

Ms Sturgeon acknowledged the restrictions “will not be welcome news” for local residents.

She added: “I won’t be able to have my family visit me at home and nor will I be able to travel to a different local authority, in my case Ayrshire, to visit them.”

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Prof Bauld agreed with the measures taken by the Scottish Government and described them as “light touch” and proportionate, adding that they targeted the origin of the outbreak.

She also defended the decision to keep pubs and businesses open in Glasgow as opposed to those in Aberdeen as Glasgow’s outbreak had originated in indoor gatherings rather than the hospitality sector.

However, she said: “The problem is when you ease lockdown, cases go up.”

Speaking during First Minister’s Questions, Willie Rennie, the Scottish Liberal Democrat leader, said: “Infection rates in the west of Scotland are now higher than in most of England or in countries such as Greece and Portugal, for which we have just imposed quarantine measures.

“I am worried that we do not seem to be on top of it.

“First, we locked down Aberdeen, with city-wide measures.

“Now, we are restricting a whole region of almost one million people.

He added: “What are we not getting right?”

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