Part of the debate – in the Scottish Parliament on 8th December 2020.

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Photo of Patrick Harvie Patrick Harvie Green

O bviously, any reduction in the prevalence of the virus is to be welcomed, but it is clear that the reduction that we have seen over the weeks when Glasgow and other parts of the country have been in level 4 is nothing close to the level of suppression that we saw during the summer. It therefore remains unclear to me whether alternative approaches that the Government is being advised about would achieve that more significant level of suppression.

The First Minister said that there is a risk that cases will rise again and she knows that education is one of our areas of concern there. Elsewhere in the UK, it has just been announced that schools will be allowed to close early, specifically in order that no teacher will be contact-traced on Christmas eve or Christmas day. Does the First Minister agree that that is a reasonable protection for teachers to be able to expect to ensure that they can have the break that they need and deserve?