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New Covid-19 restrictions within 48 hours says first minister

Nicola Sturgeon says "fast and urgent action" is needed to tackle the growth of the virus

By: Anttoni Numminen

Photograph: Anttoni J Numminen

The First Minister of Scotland, Nicola Sturgeon, has announced that new restrictions will “almost certainly” be put in place following a rapid rise in Covid-19 cases.

Over the past 24 hours, 255 new coronavirus cases have been recorded in Scotland, with scientists estimating that without a vaccine, the UK could see 50,000 new cases a day by October.

Screengrab from BBC North East Scotland.

As the number of cases rises, the first minister warns "unfortunately we will also see the number of people dying increasing too"

The news comes as the University of Aberdeen starts its official Freshers’ week – albeit online.

Four students at the University of St Andrews have contracted coronavirus after attending a Freshers’ week party, bringing the number of infected students at the University to at least 7, with 40 people self-isolating.

Last week it was announced that the first of approximately 20 walk-in Covid test centres would be opened at the Glasgow Caledonian University.

The other test centres will be located in areas with high student populations. However, UoA has not yet confirmed if or when one would be opened on its campus.

Nicola Sturgeon will meet with Boris Johnson today to discuss a “four-nations response” and will tomorrow take part in a COBRA meeting.

The University of Aberdeen declined to comment until the nature of the restrictions was made public.


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