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Andrew Neil FURY as Scotland dominates Europe’s top 20 Covid list – Situation ‘serious’

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Commenting on the data, Mr Neil commented on the worsening Covid scenario in the country. He said in a tweet: “Almost half of Europe’s top 20 Covid-19 hotspots are in Scotland, according to World Health Organisation data.” In response to his tweet, many took to Twitter to express their concern and outrage at the rise in cases in Scotland.

One person said: “Difficult to ‘like’ this tweet Andrew, but it’s a fact.

“Scotland has a small population but the Scottish government had to tartanise their COVID strategy & do it differently to the rest of the UK; they have failed.

“Wonder if this outcome will feature in their ‘separate’ enquiry?”

A second said: “Anyone who thinks Sturgeon has been good at handling this need to wake up and smell the coffee.”

According to the World Health Organisation’s data, Lanarkshire has the highest incidence rate per 100,000 within the EU.

The region reported a seven-day incidence rate of 1,134.94 per 100,000 as of August 30.

Greater Glasgow is second on the list with a rate of 1,032.98 per 100,000 as health boards across Scotland encourage the public to receive a vaccine.

Other health boards on the top 20 list include: Lothian, Ayrshire and Arran, Forth Valley, Dumfries and Galloway, Fife, Highland and Tayside.

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Lewis Morrison, chairman of the British Medical Association Scotland, said: “While it is important to monitor data like occupancy levels, rather than just rely on snapshot figures, the fact that all three sites at Lanarkshire have been close to capacity reflects the kind of pressures we are experiencing across the NHS at the moment.

“For many of us, it is already feeling like winter as demand is surging to those kind of levels.

“That’s really worrying with winter for real just round the corner.”

Some experts have claimed the beginning of the school year – August 16 – has sparked a rise in cases which will soon be seen in England.

Speaking in Holyrood, Ms Sturgeon admitted the situation north of the border remained serious.

Speaking to MSP, she ruled out the imposing new restrictions but indicated a circuit breaker lockdown may be needed to stem the rise in cases.

She said: “The situation we face just now is serious.

“We must stem the rise in cases.

“But if that is to be avoided it will take all of us making a conscious and concerted effort again to comply with all the basic mitigations that we know can slow down transmission.”

The Scottish Government has been approached for comment.

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