numbers likely to double almost daily.
The UK Government scaled-up its response to the pandemic on Monday evening, effectively putting the country in lock-down.
Prime Minister Boris Johnson told people to avoid unnecessary social contacts, to work from home where possible, and to stay away from pubs and restaurants.
He stopped short of an outright ban which has been imposed elsewhere in Europe, but increased the ‘people at risk’ categories to include pregnant women.
It is expected that people in the at risk group – which includes the over 70s and those with underlying health issues – will be asked within days to stay home for 12 weeks.
Anyone living in a household with somebody who has either a persistent cough or fever must now also isolate themselves for 14 days.
MSPs Linda Fabiani and Graham Simpson said expert public health advice was “the best way to keep us as well as possible,” and protect the vulnerable in society”.
Under the weather Lisa Cameron self-isolating at home