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Covid-19 (Infections)

– in the Scottish Parliament on 7th May 2020.

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Photo of Andy Wightman Andy Wightman Green

We are continuing to see Covid-19 cases—215 were reported today. What, if anything, do we know about the source of those infections and who is being infected?

Photo of Jeane Freeman Jeane Freeman Scottish National Party

On who is being infected, we know that the pattern follows expectations regarding the most vulnerable groups. However, it is interesting that, in the early days of our understanding of the virus—I am not sure what day we are on, but it is somewhere between 130 and 140 days, so it is a very young virus to all of us—our scientific and clinical advisers estimated that the older generation would be most likely to be infected and become ill. We are seeing that that is not strictly true. We are seeing—[

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That may be as a consequence of other health conditions that make those individuals more vulnerable to the impact of the virus, but at this point—[

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]—compliance rate with all the measures is around 60 per cent, which is what we—[

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In the very early days, the expectation was that people who did not have symptoms could be infected, but would not be infectious.

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.] me via my mouth, my eyes or my nose. Hand hygiene, for example, is so important because people can pick up the virus from surfaces. Depending on the surface, the virus can last on it for up to 72 hours.

Those very basic hygiene measures are critical in breaking the transmission chain, as is that distancing [

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.] individually, collectively and as a Government and a health service to break those transmission chains.

The Presiding Officer:

I thank all members for taking part.

Meeting closed at 15:06.