The Scotsman

Quar­an­tine woe

- Vienna · United Kingdom · Austria · Croatia · Kinross

Hav­ing re­turned on 6 Septem­ber from Vi­enna I find my­self quar­an­tined for 14 days due to the in­com­pe­tence of the Scot­tish and UK gov­ern­ments. It seems I can­not be tested as a mat­ter of course on re­turn­ing from a risk coun­try, which could free me from quar­an­tine and al­low me to get on with my life.

The con­trast with Aus­tria and other Euro­pean coun­tries is stark and sham­ing. I have al­ready had a neg­a­tive test in Aus­tria and cit­i­zens of that coun­try re­turn­ing there from, say, Croa­tia were able to get a test im­me­di­ately at no cost to them­selves. The track and trace sys­tem in Aus­tria is re­mark­ably ef­fi­cient and ef­fec­tive and has been for some time so that restric­tions on daily life are be­ing kept to a nec­es­sary min­i­mum.

Yet here we are in Bri­tain, seven months into the cri­sis, and we’re still strug­gling along be­hind so many other Euro­pean coun­tries. Why? Is it the SNP’S and UK gov­ern­ment’s stub­born­ness to do things dif­fer­ently (usu­ally worse), stu­pid­ity, sheer in­com­pe­tence or a com­bi­na­tion of all three?

BILL COOPER High­field Cir­cle, Kin­ross

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