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

This comes as 267 new positive cases are reported across the country.

By Rachel Mackie
Tuesday, 15th September 2020, 5:27 pm

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.

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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.

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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.

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.

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