Scotland First Minister Nicola Sturgeon has in a new statement dropped a bombshell as she draws a comparison between the Scottish system of handling the coronavirus with England’s long-Covid-19 strategies.
Sturgeon tabled her annoyance at a BBC story that revealed England was investing £10million into long-Covid specialist clinics. She, however, said Scotland is taking a different approach that could possibly be perceived as a better method of handling the virus.
“There is scrutiny on how Scotland is doing on Covid not just in our own terms but in relation to other countries, whether that is across the UK, Europe or the world. That is legitimate and appropriate I am not saying it is not but sometimes this temptation to say Scotland is falling behind on something when in actual fact what it might mean is we are trying to do things in a proper way.
“The story I read earlier on the BBC was about long-Covid and the headline of the story is that England is investing £10million in specialist clinics and Scotland is not. In actual fact, £10million being spent in England in a Scottish context would be £800,000 or something, you’re not going to get many specialist clinics for £800,000.
“But in actual fact what Scotland is doing is we have invested £5million in 56 rapid research projects into long-Covid because we need to do the work to understand long-Covid better before we can set up specialist clinics. We need to understand it before we know what specialisms are required to properly treat.
“So I am briefly referring to that because sometimes the ‘Scotland is not doing what England is doing’ maybe means we are doing it in a different way. And sometimes, not always, that might mean we are doing it in a better and more methodical way,” she said.
Scotland recorded a total of 64 coronavirus related deaths, the highest it has seen for six months in the last 24 hours.
The number of death in 24 hours notwithstanding, Nicola Sturgeon said there was “no doubt that these measures and these sacrifices have had an effect, and they would have saved lives”.
“The measures that we have adopted in recent weeks and the sacrifices all of you – and people across the country – have been making have been having an effect. There’s no doubt when we look at the data over the past few weeks, these measures have slowed very significantly the rate at which cases were increasing,” she said.
Scotland is not on lockdown now like England, as they have implemented a tier-system to fight the spread of the coronavirus.