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Covid in Scotland: Glasgow and Moray to remain under level 3 restrictions Covid in Scotland: Glasgow and Moray to remain under level 3 restrictions
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Glasgow and Moray will remain under level three Covid restrictions for at least another week, First Minister Nicola Sturgeon has announced.Glasgow and Moray will remain under level three Covid restrictions for at least another week, First Minister Nicola Sturgeon has announced.
She said the "difficult" decision to retain the existing regulations in Glasgow came after a rise in cases in the city.She said the "difficult" decision to retain the existing regulations in Glasgow came after a rise in cases in the city.
It was previously warned that Moray was likely to remain in level three.It was previously warned that Moray was likely to remain in level three.
Ms Sturgeon said the situation in Glasgow was causing even more concern than Moray.Ms Sturgeon said the situation in Glasgow was causing even more concern than Moray.
She said initial research suggested that the outbreak could be being driven by the Indian variant of the virus.She said initial research suggested that the outbreak could be being driven by the Indian variant of the virus.
Moray outbreak 'showing signs of improvement'Moray outbreak 'showing signs of improvement'
Hugging and indoor visits to resume from MondayHugging and indoor visits to resume from Monday
The rest of mainland Scotland will drop down to level two next week, and most islands will be placed in level one.The rest of mainland Scotland will drop down to level two next week, and most islands will be placed in level one.
Ms Sturgeon said: "It is inevitable that as we continue to navigate our way through this pandemic, we will hit bumps in the road.Ms Sturgeon said: "It is inevitable that as we continue to navigate our way through this pandemic, we will hit bumps in the road.
"However, if we exercise suitable caution as we're seeking to do today, then even though that is difficult, we are much more likely to stay on the right track overall.""However, if we exercise suitable caution as we're seeking to do today, then even though that is difficult, we are much more likely to stay on the right track overall."
The seven-day rate of cases per 100,000 population in Glasgow is 80.4, while in Moray it has fallen to 68.9.The seven-day rate of cases per 100,000 population in Glasgow is 80.4, while in Moray it has fallen to 68.9.
The rates are above 50 cases per 100,000, a key benchmark for deciding the appropriate tier of restrictions.The rates are above 50 cases per 100,000, a key benchmark for deciding the appropriate tier of restrictions.
Public Health Scotland publishes data from three days ago, because more recent figures are often revised upwards later. On 11 May, the rates per 100,000 population were also above 50 in East Renfrewshire (52.3), Midlothian (50.8) and Clackmannanshire (50.4).
The Glasgow cases are concentrated mainly in the south of the city, with one district, Pollokshields West, seeing 47 positive cases over the previous seven days, giving a local case rate of 1,008 per 100,000 population.
The move to level two Covid restrictions on Monday in the rest of mainland Scotland will allow people to hug and visit other households indoors. Pubs and restaurants can also sell alcohol indoors.
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