Covid-19 Update

Part of the debate – in the Scottish Parliament on 3rd March 2020.

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Photo of Jeane Freeman Jeane Freeman Scottish National Party

As I said, we have one case in Scotland and 40 cases in the UK. I should make the point that, of the 40 cases that we have in the UK, 15 patients have now been discharged from treatment. That is an indicator of what I said about how the majority of us will experience mild symptoms. We are in the containment phase at this stage and so it is—by and large—business as usual, while we are taking those important personal precautions in relation to our own respiratory hygiene and health.

Employers will be looking at what plans they need to make should we have to move into the delay phase, which we expect to have to do. As I said in my statement, in the delay phase we will give serious consideration as to whether we need to advise the curtailment of public transport, gatherings and so on. We will balance what the evidence tells us about the positive impact that curtailment will have on the spread of the disease against any impact that it might have on individuals, normal life, the economy and so on. However, we are not yet at that point.