Covid-19: Two days without deaths could see more lockdown restrictions eased in Scotland over June
Following two days of no recorded Covid-19 deaths in Scotland, first minister Nicola Sturgeon has hinted that restrictions could be relaxed further from June 18.
Sturgeon conceded that deaths were “highly likely” to be registered over the days to come but added that the “steady decline” in cases and deaths was “very encouraging”.
Unlike in England, vulnerable people who have been shielding in Scotland will not yet be allowed to leave their homes, with Holyrood advising them to continue self-isolating until the end of July. However, changes could be introduced to enable such individuals to exercise outside.
Revealing the news that no new deaths had been reported on Sunday and once more on Monday, Sturgeon said: “I can't tell you how much I've longed to report such a development."
Sturgeon added that with the right progress, Holyrood could move into the next phase of its lockdown exit strategy from June 18, when the next review of restrictions is due to take place.
She said: "We are making significant progress against this virus, but it is at a very sensitive and critical juncture. We need a safe foundation to lift restrictions more meaningfully in the weeks to come."
Sturgeon urged Scots to continue "sticking with" restrictions for "a bit longer", saying that citizens "should still be staying home most of the time and meeting fewer people than you normally would".
She added: "These painful but necessary sacrifices have brought us to where we are today, with this virus in retreat. It is in retreat, but it is not gone.
"This is such a critical junction in our battle against this virus. We will either keep beating it back, or give it a chance to roar back with a vengeance."