Scottish Government move three areas to level 3 amid coronavirus (COVID-19)

Scottish Government move three areas to level 3 amid coronavirus (COVID-19)

The Scottish Government has announced that three council areas, namely Fife, Perth & Kinross and Angus, have now moved up a protection level as cases of coronavirus (COVID-19) continue to rise. From 6 am on Friday 13 November the three areas will move from level 2 to level 3. The First Minister, Nicola Sturgeon, has said that there is no immediate requirement to move any local authorities into level 4 as of yet, but that this was being kept under strict review.

In deciding the level of protection that should be applied to each area the following five factors are taken into account:

• number of positive coronavirus cases per hundred thousand people over the previous week

• percentage of positive tests

• forecast for new cases in the coming weeks

• capacity of local hospitals

• capacity of local intensive care facilities

The First Minister has stressed the importance of travel restrictions in bringing down the infection rate of coronavirus. Those in levels 3 and 4 should not travel outside their local authority area unless travelling for essential reasons such as work, healthcare, or caring responsibilities and those in a level 1 or 2, should not be going into a level 3 or 4 area, except for the above stated essential purposes.

Source: Changes to COVID-19 protection levels

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