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Nicola Sturgeon vows tough action to prevent coronavirus resurgence

Iran Press TV

Tuesday, 30 June 2020 5:13 PM

Against the backdrop of growing fears about a resurgence of coronavirus infections on the British Isles, Scotland's First Minister, Nicola Sturgeon, has indicated she is prepared to take preemptive action.

Talking at her daily coronavirus briefing, the First Minster has warned of "tough and unpopular" decisions to prevent a second wave of COVID-19 infections.

The Scottish First Minister's warning comes on the heels of the extension of lockdown measures for an additional two weeks in the English city of Leicester following a sudden rise in coronavirus infections.

Her warning also comes just two days before she is expected to announce whether the 2 meter physical distancing rule is to be relaxed, to bring it in line with England's "1 meter plus" rule.

In addition, Sturgeon is set to decide whether or not to make the wearing of face masks compulsory in shops and other enclosed spaces, as opposed to just recommended.

Sturgeon, who is also the leader of the pro-Independence Scottish National Party (SNP), was keen to outline her concerns about the economic impact of additional lockdowns, but claimed these are mitigated by the longer term positive public health outcomes.

"For the Scottish government, that means we may still have to take some really tough and unpopular decisions [in the economic domain] in the weeks ahead, and will have to do so against the grain of what you might like … But we have to do that to protect the progress we have made [in the public health domain", the First Minister said.

Scotland's First Minister was speaking on the 100th day of the start of the lockdown on the British Isles.

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