Don’t cross border! Sturgeon says people in northern England should STAY THERE after spike

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Travel between Scotland and Greater Manchester, East Lancashire and parts of West Yorkshire should only be undertaken if absolutely essential, she said this morning. It comes after the FM chaired a meeting of SGORR, the Scottish Government’s Resilience Committee, following an update from the Prime Minister to the four nations.

Ms Sturgeon said that anyone currently in the affected areas does not need to return to Scotland early but should be extra vigilant in monitoring for symptoms both during their stay and when they return home.

In the statement released this morning, she added: “I’m grateful to the Prime Minister for the update on the recent developments in the North West of England and all four nations agreed on the importance of sharing localised information as we work together to continue to suppress the virus.

“We have always been clear that localised flare ups are likely as we continue to suppress the virus but by responding quickly and appropriately we can limit the effect these have on wider transmission.

“I strongly advise anyone planning to travel to areas affected in the north of England, or anyone planning to travel to Scotland from those same areas, to cancel their plans.

“Anyone whose travel is essential should follow public health advice at all times including the FACTS guidance and remain extra vigilant in monitoring for symptoms.”

She also said the decision to ban households in Greater Manchester, East Lancashire and West Yorkshire from meeting indoors is the “right” one.

She added: “The UK government is right to act quickly if they think the situation warrants it.

“But this is a sharp reminder that the threat of this virus is still very real. Please abide by the all ŁFACTS advice and stay safe.”

Latest Scottish Government figures showed that there had been no new coronavirus deaths in Scotland for 14 days but confirmed cases increased by 17.

The country’s COVID-19 death toll remains at 2,491 whilst there were 260 patients in hospital with two in intensive care with confirmed coronavirus.

People from different households in Greater Manchester, parts of East Lancashire and West Yorkshire are now once again banned from meeting each other indoors.

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The new rules also ban members of different households from mixing in pubs, restaurants and other hospitality venues – although businesses will remain open for those visiting individually or from the same household.

UK Health Secretary Matt Hancock said the Government has “demonstrated that we’re prepared to take the action that’s necessary to keep people safe”

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