Nicola Sturgeon announced on Monday that Scotland is set impose a fresh lockdown for the rest of January because of the rise in cases
“We have decided to introduce from midnight (0000 GMT Tuesday), for the duration of January, a legal requirement to stay at home, except for essential purposes,” she told the Scottish Parliament in Edinburgh.
“This is similar to the lockdown of March last year.”
She said, a new faster spreading variant of the covid 19 whichbwas first discovered in the UK has been a big challenge in the fight against the Coronavirus
She said the evidence was “compelling” that “the new variant already accounts for almost half of all new cases in Scotland”.
“We are now seeing a steeply rising trend of infections and it is no exaggeration to say that I am more concerned about the situation we face now than I have been at any time since March,” she added.
The move by the devolved government will heap fresh pressure on UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson to follow suit, given pressures on health services from the new variant.
The announcement came as Britain began rolling out a new Covid vaccine developed by the drug manufacturer AstraZeneca and Oxford University.
Some 530,000 doses are to be administered at new vaccination sites across the country, adding to those already giving the Pfizer-BioNTech jab since early last month.