Scotland’s top doc warns parties could be banned for MONTHS
National Clinical Director Jason Leitch said current restrictions could be in place until April in a bid to stop the spread of the Omicron variant.
When presented with the idea of having a big rally like the late Hogmanay in April, in an interview with BBC Radio 4, the health expert said “maybe it was a bit too much early”.
The response from the health expert was: ‘I love a night out in Edinburgh, just like anyone else in Scotland.
“I’m certainly looking forward to next year’s Hogmanay, but if we can move that forward into April, I think the jury is still out.
“We are hopeful and the data is now lining up. We now have data from South Africa, University College London, Denmark and especially Edinburgh that suggests severe disease is certainly less with this variant, perhaps up to three-quarters less.
“But let’s put that into perspective – 2,500 Delta cases [per day] brings you 50 people to the hospital, and we don’t take that lightly.
“You need 10,000 Omicron cases for the same number of admissions and Scotland has 15,000 cases, so it’s not a jump and you’re free.”