Published On: Sun, Mar 22nd, 2020

Nicola Sturgeon confirms Scotland has called for military help in a coronavirus crackdown | UK | News

Nicola Sturgeon revealed this afternoon that Scotland had called on the military to help amid the ongoing coronavirus pandemic. Speaking at a press conference, the Scottish First Minister told reporters that the military were needed to evacuate a coronavirus patient from an island. This comes as Scotland’s Chief Medical Officer Dr Catherine Calderwood told the same press conference that around 54,000 people will die from the virus in Scotland.

Ms Sturgeon said: “We’ve had to call on military help to transport a patient from one of Scotland’s islands for treatment.”

The patient was transferred to the mainland for treatment, as she urged people not to try to “outrun” the virus by fleeing to remote areas.

It marks the first confirmed case of military action in the UK in the struggle against the coronavirus as the Downing Street today refused to rule out an Italian-style lockdown.

During her press conference, Mrs Sturgeon also confirmed that the coronavirus death toll had increased to ten people.

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She also said: “Advice should not be considered optional. Life shouldn’t feel normal right now.

“If your life feels entirely normal ask yourself if you’re doing the right things.

“Don’t gather for parties at people’s houses. Beaches should not be busy. Parks should not be full.

“It’s okay to be outside but don’t crowd together in the park or on the beach.”

She added that emergency powers will be activated in the coming days to force licensed premises to close.

Ms Sturgeon says the most clinically vulnerable people in Scotland – around 200,000 people including cancer patients – will be contacted and offered a range of support.

She added that some of these people will be given strict instructions to self-isolate.

She explained that the “extraordinary efforts this group will have to go through to protect themselves” should demonstrate to healthy people how serious the situation is.

Dr Calderwood told the reporters that the current best estimate of death rate from coronavirus is “around 1 percent,” which amounts to around 54,000 people.

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