Covid in Scotland: No plan to return to restrictions despite high number of cases, says Humza Yousaf

The Scottish Health Secretary has revealed there are no plans to revert to greater covid restrictions despite the remaining high number of cases.

Over the past three weeks, the number of daily reported cases has rarely fallen below 2,000, with 2,581 reported on Sunday, as well as two deaths.

But ministers will not consider a return to greater restrictions “for the time being,” according to SNP Minister Humza Yousaf.

Scots have been under strict measures from the start of the pandemic, ranging from restrictions on reception to mandatory stay-at-home orders and school closings before they were relaxed in August.

Yousaf told the BBC’s Good Morning Scotland program: “No further restrictions are being considered at this time, we are looking to maximize all possible leverage.

Health Secretary Humza Yousaf said there would be no return to greater covid restrictions

“Our concern is also that we are probably entering the most difficult winter we have ever faced, so other respiratory viruses such as the flu will also cause sustained pressure, continued pressure on a very difficult situation in the NHS . “

Yousaf added that the Scottish government remains “committed” to reducing the number of cases, but the coronavirus is expected to continue to have the opportunity to spread during the winter as people start to meet indoors.

“I hope, for example, that the great progress we are making by vaccinating 12-15 year olds with the first dose of the vaccine will help bring the numbers down,” he said.

“We are still determined to reduce the numbers, we are not happy with the case level as they are.”

The health service as well as the Scottish Ambulance Service have come under increased pressure in recent months, causing long waits and prompting the Scottish government to call on the military and firefighters for help.

The health secretary called the military support “excellent”, adding: “We asked them to come and help us, they did not waste a single second.

“They engaged with us and made staff available where possible.

“As you can imagine, the military receives these demands from every health and confidence board of the NHS across the UK, so without a doubt they are stretched as well.”

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