Coronavirus infections proceed to fall in West Lothian as Nicola Sturgeon confirms greatest steps out of lockdown since final 12 months.
The newest Public Well being Scotland knowledge as of April 20 reveals there simply 5 new infections, and an additional 55 over the week.
This implies the positivity fee is 30 per 100,000, just below nationwide common of 27.8, and properly under the Stage Two threshold that may permit extra restrictions to be lifted subsequent month.
In the meantime, the First Minister introduced yesterday West Lothian and the remainder of Scotland will probably be positioned underneath Stage 3 as of Monday.
It’s going to permit non-essential retailers and companies within the county to lastly reopen their doorways after virtually 5 months of closure.
Hospitality companies can even be capable of welcome again clients – however with strict social distancing guidelines in place – as of April 26, with pub beer gardens in a position to begin promoting pints.
However Ms Sturgeon is asking that individuals be cautious till extra restrictions are lifted in Might.
“As we reopen, some individuals might imagine the chance has receded so we will throw warning to the wind,” she mentioned. “The alternative is true.
“Once we’re asking individuals to remain at house you’re not going to return into contact with somebody with the virus.
“However as we exit a couple of bit extra – ranges of the virus is perhaps decrease – however you’re extra more likely to come into contact with it as you’re seeing extra individuals.
“So it turns into much more essential to do all issues we’ve been asking you to do all 12 months – whether or not that’s carrying face coverings or holding a secure bodily distance.”
An extra easing of restrictions is because of happen on Might 17 if the variety of covid circumstances continues to drop – which might imply the nation shifting to Stage 2.
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