Coronavirus in Scotland: Possible Lothians lockdown under review but restrictions ruled out for now

Watch more of our videos on Shots! 
and live on Freeview channel 276
Visit Shots! now
This comes as 267 new positive cases are reported across the country.

Edinburgh and the Lothians lockdown is under review by the Scottish Government as cases start to rise, although new restrictions have been ruled out for now.

Read More
Kiara Hall: Increasing concern as police search for missing Edinburgh schoolgirl

Nicola Sturgeon announced at the daily coronavirus press conference that there were 267 new positive cases reported across Scotland, with 53 of those in the Lothian area.

Hide Ad
Hide Ad
267 new positive cases are reported across the country.267 new positive cases are reported across the country.
267 new positive cases are reported across the country.

The First Minister said that health officials will be keeping and eye on the cases in Edinburgh and the surrounding area, but that no restrictions were to be imposed at the moment.

Both Greater Glasgow and Clyde and Aberdeen have seen extra lockdown restrictions to help stem the rise in cases.

When asked whether similar restrictions would be inevitable in the Lothians, National Clinical Director, Professor Jason Leitch, said: “It is up to the people of Lothian to get these numbers down and their individual behaviours will do that.”

Ms Sturgeon added that unlike in other areas, there was no obvious explanation for the increase in the number of cases in the Lothians.

Hide Ad
Hide Ad

In the last 24 hours, one person in Scotland has died from coronavirus, bringing the death toll under Scottish Government measurements to 2,500.

There were 48 patients reported to be in hospital who have tested positive with the virus, and six of those patients are in intensive care.

Since the start of the pandemic, 23,016 people have tested positive for coronavirus in Scotland out of the 693, 038 people who have been tested.

A message from the Editor:

Thank you for reading this story on our website. While I have your attention, I also have an important request to make of you.

The dramatic events of 2020 are having a major impact on many of our advertisers - and consequently the revenue we receive. We are now more reliant than ever on you taking out a digital subscription to support our journalism.

Subscribe to the Edinburgh Evening News online and enjoy unlimited access to trusted, fact-checked news and sport from Edinburgh and the Lothians. Visit now to sign up.

By supporting us, we are able to support you in providing trusted, fact-checked content for this website.

Joy Yates

Editorial Director

Comment Guidelines

National World encourages reader discussion on our stories. User feedback, insights and back-and-forth exchanges add a rich layer of context to reporting. Please review our Community Guidelines before commenting.