First Minister: 'Borderline' level decision for Lanarkshire

Published on 29 Oct 2020, 13:23
The decision not to place Lanarkshire in the highest level of Covid restrictions was 'borderline' and will be reviewed daily, said the First Minister.

Sturgeon said “finely balanced” decisions had to be made over what level the area would be placed in after it reported high levels of Covid transmission and hospital admissions from the virus.

“There is evidence in recent days that the situation is stabilising. That is undoubtedly down to the compliance and sacrifices of local people", said the First Minister.

“And the local councils, NHS Lanarkshire and the police believe they have strong partnership plans in place to maintain that progress under current restrictions.

“For these reasons – and given the severity of level-four restrictions – we have decided that North and South Lanarkshire should remain in level three at present.

“However, I want to be very clear that this has been a borderline decision and it is one that we require to keep under review – not just weekly, but on a daily basis.”

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