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Nightclubs, sports crowds and other large events will be moving to full vaccination / negative test proof if this "wave" continues unabated to the next 3 weekly review is my prediction. Hopefully the steep rises tail off in the next week or so to head that off.

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"Schools are safe" - your political representatives for most of the last 18 months, ladies and gentlemen. 

Wouldn’t really be the school effect though? Most have only been open for 4 days
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50 minutes ago, Abdul_Latif said:

Farce that it’s gone on that long, or that it’s ending?

That it's ending, tourism is nowhere near back to normal. Shouldn't be available across the board but should still be targeted, I'm sure many hospitality venues would also want it as Brexit looks to upset supply chains until Spring 2022 but that's a separate issue and not what the scheme was designed for.

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Scotland looking to join the big boys league with our very own official world class science and medical specialist committee.

So apart from having permanent emergency laws in place forever at least until we get out from under the jackboot of the dastardly micro managing SNP dictatorship, our brutal over thinking overly concerned overlords have decided to create their very own SAGE committee to deal with any future pandemic they can invent or when they get caught out again like last time.

They need to think up a cool name to call them, any suggestions?


SCIENTISTS and medical specialists will hold talks today on the first steps in helping prepare the Scottish Government for future pandemics.

The Standing Committee on Pandemics has been tasked with ensuring Scotland is as prepared as possible for any future risks from novel pathogens – making sure lessons are learned from the Covid-19 crisis.

SNP ministers are stepping up preparations for future pandemics with the announcement on Tuesday that some temporary powers used during the Covid-19 pandemic could be made permanent to allow politicians to quickly respond to future health crises.

The move comes after opponents criticised the Scottish Government for its sluggish response to the pandemic.

The new expert group was a commitment a new SNP Government pledged to deliver during its first 100 days in office.

Health Secretary Humza Yousaf said: "Scotland's world-class scientific expertise has been evident throughout the pandemic and this committee will help ensure we are as ready as we can be for any future threat.

"The immediate challenge will be to continue to ensure we can respond to the current pandemic but we know that infectious disease outbreaks could become more frequent in the coming decade.”

He added: "Our public health capacity has been significantly strengthened across Scotland as a result of Covid-19 to manage outbreaks both at national and local level.

“This new committee will help bolster our readiness.”

Professor Linda Bauld from Edinburgh University will chair today's meeting in an interim capacity, while a permanent chair is sought.

Prof Bauld said: “It is critical for scientists and officials to work alongside each other to make sure Scotland can meet the challenges infectious diseases will throw at us in the future. “I’m delighted to be a part of starting that process.”

The committee will provide expert advice across a range of areas including public health, epidemiology, virology, behavioural sciences, global health, zoonotics and statistical modelling and recruit further members to support that.

The first meeting of the committee today will discuss its future work programme and remit.

The Scottish Government’s existing Covid-19 advisory group will continue to sit and advise ministers on the current pandemic. The new committee will focus on preparedness for other future emerging threats.

Chief Medical Officer Dr Gregor Smith will be a member of the committee.

Dr Smith said: "This committee will play a vital role in considering a broad range of scientific and technical advice, including both human and animal health.

“It will also look at wider behavioural and societal factors which could affect how we respond to a pandemic in the future."

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Home Nations Daily update  :  UK Average 296.0 to 299.7 up 1.25%, England  305.8 to 308.2 up 0.78%, Wales 208.8 to 222.3 up 6.47%, Northern Ireland  504.3 to 512.0 up 1.53%

Wales on almost identical steep trajectory as Scotland.  Northern Ireland the Covid capital of Europe still.

36,572 cases today. 113 deaths.

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2 hours ago, flyingscot said:

Around 6.5% or 7% of Scotland is a rough number


2 hours ago, superbigal said:


England 9.82%

Wales 8.10%

Scotland 6.77%

Northern Ireland 9.49%


Glasgow highest at 9.88% down to Orkney 0.78%


Aberdeen at 5.36% and currently only at 118.7 per 100K so not sure you can read too much into these stats.


2 hours ago, TheScarf said:

So about 8-9% of the UK.  Not bad considering we didn't have a vaccine for the first 10 months.

Edit - 8.5% or thereabouts?


Of course the true number of people who have contracted it is substantially higher.

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8 hours ago, Detournement said:

Not even a year!

It's almost as if governments want to put an end to mass foreign travel.....

Your boi Tony is saying we only need to fly a wee bit less - so does he have his wires crossed with the #lads at the WEF?


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27 minutes ago, Wee Bully said:

I really don’t get this aversion to testing.

Do we survey the entire population for any other respiratory infections?

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