Covid-19 Update

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

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Photo of Elaine Smith Elaine Smith Labour

I would like further detail about what containment means. For example, would the Government not consider being more proactive by recommending against large gatherings before the virus spreads further, instead of waiting until it does and then simply delaying its spread as the cabinet secretary described in her statement?

Should the Scottish rugby fans who were at last week’s six nations rugby match in Rome and who were mixing with Italian fans from northern Italy before the lockdown in that area be afforded a test as a precaution?

Will the Government disaggregate the data on coronavirus by sex, so that we can see whether there is a difference in infection and mortality rates between men and woman and, if there is, what biological and social factors might cause that difference?