Scotland is currently at the “foothills” of a third wave of the coronavirus, Health Secretary Hamza Youssef has announced.
Parts of Scotland have seen a surge in cases over the past few weeks due to the new so-called Indian variant, which is thought to be more transmissible than previous strains.
nicola sturgeon Announced yesterday that several council areas in the central belt will remain on Level 2 lockdown restrictions due to the spread of the virus.
It is hoped that placing some areas under more restrictions will halt the spread of the virus that has killed more than 7,000 Scots since last March.
In a bid to contain the spread of the new type of testing in hotspot areas such as the south side of Glasgow.
The vaccine program has also been rolled out faster than expected to deal with the rise in cases and hospitalizations.
Yusuf said there are some good signs that the link between positive cases and people ending up in hospital has weakened because of the vaccine.
He said: “There is a big difference between wave one and two and what we are seeing is probably the beginning of the third week, that is the vaccine.
“It wouldn’t make sense to me to ignore that important fundamental difference.
“We don’t want the NHS to be overwhelmed, please be aware that if this is the start of a third wave, as many experts and physicians tell us, we are in the foothills.
“We are not the peak of the wave. So we are already seeing over 100 people hospitalized in our hospitals, in the early stages of this third wave, and we still have the peak of the wave.
“What we don’t know completely, although we are seeing good signs, is the link between positive cases and a weakening of hospitalizations.”
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