Covid outbreak in Glasgow being monitored ‘closely’ as Sturgeon admits concern

Coronavirus cases in Glasgow are being monitored “very closely” after a spike in the number of people testing positive over the last six days.

First Minister Nicola Sturgeon admitted there was a level of concern about the number of new cases linked to the Indian variant which has spread across parts of Europe.

The Scottish Government’s National Clinical Director Professor Jason Leitch said cases in Scotland’s biggest city are higher than they would like and urged people to follow the rules to stop the further spread of the variant that has killed thousands in India.

So far 35 cases of the covid variant have been identified in Scotland.

Sturgeon took to social media on Wednesda y night to say the government is keeping an eye on the situation, with cases at 58 per 100,000 people.

She tweeted: “We are seeing an increase in cases in Glasgow just now and, amidst concern about the so-called Indian variant, we are monitoring it very closely.

“@jasonleitch gives some context and advice here, which is worth a watch.”

Speaking on the BBC’s The Nine, Professor Leitch said: “We’re concerned, we’ve seen Glasgow go up for about five or six days in a row now.

“The whole country is at 25 per 100,000, Glasgow is at 58 which is higher than what we would like.

“We don’t have any confirmation of any Indian variant cases that takes a little bit longer, the genomic sequencing takes a little longer.

“We’ve had 35 over the whole country so it’s still low number so people shouldn’t panic, or get overly concerned but they should be caution – it’s a warning to all of us.”

Prof Leitch was asked of the high figures would prevent Glasgow moving down to Level 2 restriction, he said: “I hope not. The decision to move through the levels is more than just one number. Positivity rate remains quite low, their hospital admissions are low, their intensive care is low and the mortality is low.

“I want to encourage people to follow the rules tonight, over the weekend and then the new rules on Monday.”

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