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Glas­gow in lock­down as cases soar

- By So­phie Borland Health Edi­tor s.borland@dai­ly­mail.co.uk UK News · Glasgow · Matthew Hancock · Nicola Sturgeon · Greater Glasgow · West Dunbartonshire · Renfrewshire · British House of Commons · United Kingdom · France · Spain · Scotland · Scottish Parliament

MORE than 800,000 Scots were banned from meet­ing in­doors last night as Health Sec­re­tary Matt Han­cock urged the Bri­tish pub­lic to re­main ‘vig­i­lant’ against in­fec­tion.

A sharp rise in coro­n­avirus cases re­sulted in Glas­gow and sur­round­ing ar­eas re­vert­ing to meet­ing friends and rel­a­tives only out­side.

Scot­tish First Min­is­ter Ni­cola Stur­geon an­nounced the move after 66 new pos­i­tive tests were recorded in the NHS Greater Glas­gow and Clyde area yes­ter­day.

The re­stric­tions ap­ply to peo­ple liv­ing in Glas­gow, West Dun­bar­ton­shire and East Ren­frew­shire.

It came as Mr Han­cock warned the Com­mons that Bri­tain must re­main wary of a ‘second wave rolling across Europe’.

He added that, although the num­ber of deaths from the virus was very low in the UK, hos­pi­tal­i­sa­tion rates were ris­ing on the con­ti­nent.

Mr Han­cock said: ‘We must do ev­ery­thing in our power to pro­tect against a second wave here in the UK.’

Re­fer­ring to the lat­est daily fig­ures show­ing there had been just two deaths and only 60 pa­tients on ven­ti­la­tors – down from 3,300 back in April – he added: ‘ While th­ese fig­ures are low we must re­main vig­i­lant. I said in July that a second wave was rolling across Europe and sadly we’re now see­ing an ex­po­nen­tial rise in the num­ber of cases in France and Spain. And the num­ber of hos­pi­tal­i­sa­tions is sadly ris­ing there too.’

Miss Stur­geon said yes­ter­day’s mea­sures had to be taken as trans­mis­sion seemed to be oc­cur­ring more of­ten in homes than bars or restau­rants. She was quick to dis­miss the idea that schools had been re­spon­si­ble for the surge, adding a ‘very small num­ber’ of school-age chil­dren had tested pos­i­tive.

The mea­sures are ex­pected to re­main in place for two weeks, but are sub­ject to re­view after seven days. Home vis­its will be banned from mid­night to­mor­row.

Miss Stur­geon said: ‘ Over the past two days, we have seen 314 new cases in Scot­land and 135 of th­ese in the Greater Glas­gow and Clyde area. If th­ese num­bers con­tinue or – and this is the fear – they rise fur­ther, then more peo­ple will fall ill from Covid19 and more peo­ple will en­ter hospi­tal and in­ten­sive care.’

Mr Han­cock said the Government was launch­ing an advertisin­g cam­paign with the slo­gan, ‘hands, face, space and get a test if you have symp­toms’. He added: ‘ The first line of de­fence is and al­ways has been so­cial dis­tanc­ing and per­sonal hy­giene. I’d like to thank the Bri­tish pub­lic for ev­ery­thing they’ve done so far, but we must con­tinue.’

■ Miss Stur­geon yes­ter­day launched a fresh bid to break up the UK as she pledged to bring for­ward leg­is­la­tion to push through a second ref­er­en­dum.

She said there was ‘clearly’ not time to hold a second poll ahead of Scot­tish Par­lia­ment elec­tions in May. But she pledged to bring for­ward draft leg­is­la­tion be­fore then, paving the way for an­other di­vi­sive ref­er­en­dum after the elec­tions.

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