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29th March 2020

Science Coronavirus: ‘Don’t be tempted outside by the good weather’

Science Coronavirus: ‘Don’t be tempted outside by the good weather’

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The number of people in Scotland with coronavirus who have died has risen by seven to 40.

The Scottish government said there have been 1,245 confirmed Covid-19 cases in the country – up from 1,059 on Friday.

Greater Glasgow and Clyde has the highest number of positive cases with 376, followed by Lanarkshire with 165 and Lothian with 151.

The Secretary of State for Scotland, Alister Jack, is self-isolating after he developed coronavirus symptoms.

Mr Jack is said to be experiencing “mild” symptoms, including a cough and a temperature, but had not been tested for Covid-19.

On Wednesday, Mr Jack was on the front bench in the House of Commons chamber with Prime Minister Boris Johnson on one side and the UK government’s Health Secretary Matt Hancock on the other.

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Both Mr Johnson and Mr Hancock announced on Friday that they had tested positive for Covid-19 and are self-isolating.

Meanwhile, Scotland’s national clinical director has warned against people being tempted to go outside by the good weather as coronavirus cases continue to rise.

Prof Jason Leitch said the pandemic was “the greatest health challenge of our time”.

But he insisted it could peak “within two or three weeks” if the public continued to follow the government’s “lockdown” measures.

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Prof Leitch told the BBC: “It’s sunny in Glasgow today but I was honestly hoping that it would rain because I want to see people staying at home.

“We don’t want people to be tempted to go outside or gather in groups or visit their family outside of their house.

“If people do what we are asking them to do, it is our scientific evidence that in two or three weeks we will start to see that peak because it will be reduced by what we are doing in our society.”

Prof Leitch said emerging from the coronavirus peak would not be like “flicking a switch”.

He said: “It’s not going to be like a cliff edge. It’s not going to be [a case of] we’ve hit the peak on a Tuesday and everyone can go to the pub on the Wednesday.

“If you imagine the curve on the way in, we’re also going to have a curve on the way out.

“And we are learning from other countries, because you can see in Hong Kong for example, where they have released quite a lot of the measures, that they have now got new cases and the numbers are rising.

“We are going to have to be very careful to follow the science on the way out as we have on the way in.”

Prof Leitch also said the NHS 111 helpline was under pressure and only people who really need help should use it.

There is another number, 0800 028 2816, and website nhsinform.scot/coronavirus if you just need general advice.

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