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Scotland to lift all curbs by Aug 9

Earlier, Prime Minister Boris Johnson has warned of a “rough winter” as pressure on the National Health Service (NHS) could intensify due to possible new diseases amidst the Covid-19 pandemic…reports Asian Lite News.

Scotland is planning to ease all of its major legal Covid curbs in early August, the country’s First Minister Nicola Sturgeon announced on Tuesday.

According to BBC reports, Sturgeon was speaking as she confirmed lockdown easing would be paused for three weeks to allow more time for people to be vaccinated.

Until July 19, the mainland areas will not move to the lowest level zero restrictions. It is expected that the remaining rules will be lifted on 9 August, according to the report.

The First Minister said this would allow life in Scotland to return to “almost complete normality”.

But the government will not advise an immediate return to full office working on that date – and people will still be required to wear face masks in some settings, it was reported.

Earlier, Prime Minister Boris Johnson has warned of a “rough winter” as pressure on the National Health Service (NHS) could intensify due to possible new diseases amidst the Covid-19 pandemic.

“You can never exclude that there will be some new disease, some new horror that we simply haven’t budgeted for or accounted for,” Johnson said on Monday as he did not rule out the prospect of further lockdowns in the winter.

“Obviously there are big pressures on the NHS, which is all the more reason to reduce the number of Covid cases now, give the NHS the breathing space it needs to get on with dealing with all those other pressures.

“We’re certainly going to be putting in the investment to make sure that they can,” he added.

The Prime Minister said cases of the Delta variant are still rising and the public have to remain cautious.

“It’s going up by about 30 per cent a week in cases, hospitalizations are up by roughly the same amount and so, sadly, are ICU (intensive care units) admissions into intensive care.

“We’ve got to be cautious but we’ll be following the data the whole time. But looking at where we are, the efficacy of the vaccine against all variants that we can currently see.

“I think it is looking good for July 19 to be that terminus point,” Johnson added.

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