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Scottish Labour unveils Covid resilience strategy

IMMEDIATE action is needed to tackle the rising number of Covid-19 cases and keep people safe, Scottish Labour demanded yesterday as it unveiled a new “Covid resilience strategy.”

The number of people in Scotland who died from confirmed or suspected Covid-19 passed 15,000 last week, while a report from Public Health Scotland showed a 42.5 per cent increase in cases.

Scottish Labour health spokeswoman Jackie Baillie argued: “If decisive action is taken now, we can keep people safe without the need for future restrictions.”

She said that not enough had been done to ensure easy access to anti-virals for those at highest risk and that long Covid sufferers are being neglected.  

Ms Baillie accused Cabinet Secretary for Health Humza Yousaf of having a “hear no evil and see no evil” approach to the virus, adding: “That’s why I am making it simple for the Cabinet Secretary.

“Labour has set out a clear programme of action to keep people safe and protect the NHS.”

The strategy includes calls for a review of current guidance on booster vaccines, access to anti-viral medication and a guarantee that free testing remains available.

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