Nicola Sturgeon has insisted that Scotland will not follow England’s latest coronavirus measures of one metre plus as scientific advisers told her it’s best to stick with two metres. But Scottish Conservative leader Jackson Carlow hit out at the SNP leader for Scotland’s deep recession as he questioned when the country will have an effective track and trace system in place. During a heated debate, Mr Carlaw said: “It’s a bit disappointing that the First Minister allows pre-scripted abuse from her advisers at FMQs.
“I think it’s pretty clear what I asked the First Minister last week and it’s pretty clear she said, ‘I can do whatever makes me happy.’
“It was clear she wasn’t changing her plan. Six days later, a complete U-turn.
“I think that’s there for everyone to see.
“This is already the deepest recession in living memory, a full-scale depression is possible.
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“The First Minister is right to say we need to avoid a second wave and this caution is vital but if we were to do that, an effective test and tracking system at scale is urgent.
“It’s a concern that this is still not in place. Scotland’s recovery and reopening of schools depend on it.”
Ms Sturgeon replied: “It is in place right now in Scotland.
“The latest test and protect figures have just been published and yes, we need on an ongoing basis to test and trace.”
Professor Hugh Pennington wrote in the Daily Mail: “But in my view there is absolutely no need for Nicola Sturgeon’s caution.
“There is no reason we should not be following England and reducing the social distancing limit to one metre and every reason we should be in order to get the economy and education system going again.
“If we do see a localised outbreak of COVID, for example if there is an outbreak linked to a particularly busy pub, we can step in and close it down again.
“The whole country does not need to go back into lockdown.”