Nicola Sturgeon ‘will not be pressured’ into easing lockdown

Thursday, May 7, 2020

Nicola Sturgeon has warned that she will not be pressured into lifting coronavirus lockdown restrictions in Scotland too early, amid reports Boris Johnson could ease some measures.

Speaking at her daily coronavirus briefing, the Scottish First Minister said the Prime Minister had requested a call with devolved powers later today.

She echoed the UK governement’s preference that all four nations make changes at the same pace to ensure a “clear and consistent” message.

The SNP leader continued: “If the Prime Minister decides that he wants to move at a faster pace for England than I consider is right for Scotland, that is his right, I will respect that and I will not criticise him for doing that.

“But I hope that you understand and indeed I hope that you agree that I must make judgements informed by the evidence that are right and safe for Scotland.

“I will not be pressured into lifting restrictions prematurely before I am as certain as I can be that we will not be risking a resurgence of infection rates.”

A total of 1,762 patients have died after testing positive for Covid-19 in Scotland.

Mr Johnson is due to outline on Sunday how the government will begin to lift stay-a-home orders, though has said he will act with "maximum caution".

Downing Street insisted the announcement would include only a "very limited" easing of the social distancing rules.

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