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The first minister of Scotland, Nicola Sturgeon, has urged her compatriots not to “twist” new coronavirus regulations when they come into force on Monday, warning that if people applied their own interpretation of the rules then they “simply won’t work”.
Sturgeon has already warned the country the new five-tier system of restrictions represents the best chance of avoiding another national lockdown. In a plea to “frustrated” Scots, she urged them to think about the impact their decisions would have on others at this “critical point in the pandemic”.
I know that people are tired and frustrated, but at this critical point in the pandemic, I want to remind people that the decisions they make over the coming days and weeks have a real impact on not only themselves but others.
Right now, we rely more than ever on public willingness to adhere to the measures in place.
We’ve seen how our collective efforts at the start of the pandemic helped to suppress the virus to levels where businesses could open, people could meet up with less restrictions, and we were able to restore some normality to our lives.
We all need to play our part to help protect lives, our mental health, the NHS, jobs and businesses. Stopping the spread starts with all of us.
Slovakia has begun a programme to screen its entire population for coronavirus, in what would be a global first, according to AFP.
Some 45,000 medical workers, army and police are being deployed to carry out the tests in the EU member state of 5.4 million people, collecting swabs at around 5,000 testing points.