Following the anticipated announcement of an extension to lockdown measures, Highlands-based MSP Maree Todd (pictured) has described the extension as ‘difficult but absolutely necessary’.
Commenting on yesterday’s expected announcement from the First Minister, Ms Todd said:
“I know that yesterday’s announcement will come as no surprise, but I appreciate that many will be feeling very anxious over the continuation of these measures.
“I know that this is difficult, but it is absolutely necessary that we continue to follow the guidance.
“There are early optimistic signs that the steps we are all taking are working, but until we know more, these measures must stay in place.”
The latest figures published by National Records of Scotland (NRS) show that there have been 29 deaths caused by coronavirus in the Highlands.
Ms Todd said:
“I was deeply saddened to learn that 29 people have lost their life to coronavirus in the Highlands, this is truly heart breaking and I would like to send my condolences to the families who have lost a loved one.
“This presents the stark reality that the virus is prevalent in the Highlands and our rural communities are not immune.”
Reinforcing the stay at home message, Ms Todd said:
“I’ve wakened to blue skies, birdsong, it’s so tempting to get out and about in the wonderful part of the world we live in.
“It’s tough not to!
“As the weather improves, it’s important that we continue to stick to the rules.
That means only essential trips for food or medicine, to go to work or to take exercise no more than ONCE a day.
“Stay home and save lives.”
If you would like to learn more about how the Scottish Government is preparing and reacting to the COVID-19 outbreak, or find out how you can volunteer to help, visit the Ready Scotland website.
If you’re experiencing symptoms call NHS 24 on 111.