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Sturgeon admits 'deep regret' over care home death toll – but REFUSES to accept mistakes

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Nicola Sturgeon squirmed under pressure after Sky News’ Sophy Ridge grilled the Scottish First Minister on her “mistakes” in responding to the coronavirus pandemic. The SNP leader was repeatedly confronted about the nation’s higher death rate within care homes compared to England. She admitted “deep regret” over the significant death toll inside Scottish care homes but refused to admit she had made any mistakes. 

Ridge questioned whether it was a mistake to discharge patients from hospital into care homes.

Ms Sturgeon responded that at that point “rightly or wrongly, there wasn’t the same understanding of how the virus is spread by asymptomatic people”. 

The Sky News’ host followed: “But, will you accept that that was a major error?”

She said: “If we knew as much about the virus in the early stages as we do now, some of the decisions we made may have been different.”

The Scottish leader also appeared to blame an “under-reporting of deaths in England” when asked why Scotland has suffered so many deaths in care homes. 

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