Nicola Sturgeon keeps Aberdeen in lockdown for a SECOND week

Nicola Sturgeon keeps Aberdeen in coronavirus lockdown for a SECOND week in order to keep a lid on outbreak linked to city pub

  • The First Minister made the announcement to Scottish Parliament
  • Aberdeen outbreak is linked with pubs int he city, which have been closed 
  • Came as she clashed with Tory stand-in Holyrood leader Ruth Davidson 
  • They faced off at First Minister’s Questions this afternoon 

Aberdeen will remain in lockdown for a further week at least after a coronavirus surge linked to a city pub, Nicola Sturgeon confirmed today.

The First Minister made the announcement as she clashed with Tory stand-in Holyrood leader Ruth Davidson in the Scottish Parliament.

Ms Sturgeon said that the outbreak in the Granite City, which has had 177 confirmed cases including within its Scottish Premiership football team, would continue after a decision taken with local police and council. 

She said: ‘I know people in Aberdeen, who of course are today dealing with severe weather as well as Covid, will be disappointed with this decision but I want to thank them for complying so well with the measures that we put in place last week.’

The First Minister added there is not yet a need to place extra restrictions on Aberdeenshire county as a whole.

‘I want to stress that nobody wants these restrictions to be in place for longer than is necessary,’ she said.

‘They will be reviewed in one week’s time and as soon as we can relax any of them, then we will do.’

Ms Sturgeon said that the outbreak in the Granite City, which has had 177 confirmed cases including within its Scottish Premiership football team, would continue after decision taken with local police and council.

The First Minister said 19,126 people have tested positive for the virus, up by 47, with 24 of them in the Grampian area, which includes Aberdeen (pictured)

She confirmed there have been no coronavirus deaths in Scotland in the last 24 hours. So far 2,491 patients have died there after testing positive for Covid-19

Ms Sturgeon also said the number of cases in Aberdeen shows how quickly coronavirus can spread through a small area.

She confirmed there have been no coronavirus deaths in Scotland in the last 24 hours. So far 2,491 patients have died  there after testing positive for Covid-19.

The First Minister said 19,126 people have tested positive for the virus, up by 47, with 24 of them in the Grampian area, which includes Aberdeen.

Later she traded blows with Ms Davidson, the former Scottish Tory leader. She is standing in as Holyrood leader until new leader Douglas Ross – currently a Westminster MP – can win a seat in next year’s election.

Ms Davidson called for Nicola Sturgeon to sack her Education Secretary after the ‘biggest exam fiasco in the history of devolution’.

She branded John Swinney the ‘common denominator’ in a range of issues throughout Scottish education.

She urged the First Minister to show ‘loyalty’ to pupils and parents, rather than her deputy.

Ms Sturgeon defended Mr Swinney, who is facing a vote of no-confidence motion on Thursday.

She said the Scottish Government has taken responsibility for the controversial system to replace exams and Mr Swinney is working to ‘put it right’.

At the first FMQs since Mr Swinney’s U-turn to reinstate the 124,564 results downgraded by the Scottish Qualification Authority (SQA) moderation process and her first back at the helm of the Scottish Tories in Holyrood, Ms Davidson said pupils ‘deserve new leadership’ in education.

‘Next week marks five years since Nicola Sturgeon announced that education would be her number one priority,’ she said.

Holyrood Tory leader Ruth Ms Davidson called for Nicola Sturgeon to sack her Education Secretary after the ‘biggest exam fiasco in the history of devolution’

‘In those five years, she’s pulled Scotland out of international tests, her flagship education Bill was scrapped, Named Person was struck down by the courts, poor students have been punished by a persistent attainment gap, hundreds of teacher vacancies are left unfilled and we’ve just seen the biggest exam fiasco in the history of devolution.

‘John Swinney has been the common denominator through all of this.

‘The First Minister’s loyalty to a colleague may be commendable but her real loyalty should be to the parents and the pupils of Scotland.

‘They deserve new leadership in education and John Swinney cannot deliver it. Why won’t the First Minister see that?’

Ms Sturgeon responded ‘I’m not sure loyalty to colleagues is a strong suit for Ruth Davidson’, referencing allegations she was involved in a plot to oust former Scottish Tory leader Jackson Carlaw.

The First Minister added Mr Swinney has already spoken to Scottish universities to discuss making additional places available and the SQA released its methodology last Tuesday.

Ms Davidson also called for the release of all documents and details of the Scottish Government’s communication with the exam board.

She quoted comments from Ms Sturgeon in 2000 – when she was in opposition – in which she demanded transparency from the Scottish Labour government.

The First Minister told MSPs the Scottish Government ‘will make whatever Parliament wants available’, adding: ‘In a few months I will submit myself and my government to the verdict of the Scottish people in an election. That is the ultimate accountability for our record and our leadership.’ 

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