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Local MSP Kate Forbes has moved quickly to reassure her constituents in the Highlands that Covid-19 case numbers in the region remain low, despite the decision to place all of Scotland in the strictest tier of virus regulations as from Boxing Day.
Commenting on social media, the Skye, Lochaber and Badenoch constituency MSP said she was sure many were ‘still reeling’ from the announcement on Saturday afternoon by First Minister Nicola Sturgeon.
‘It is painful and bewildering. I know people will be frustrated, worried and angry. I want to offer some explanation on two fronts,’ added Ms Forbes.
‘Firstly, this isn’t so much about Christmas or indeed about the case numbers in the Highlands, which are low.
‘In fact, due to falling cases, we had hoped to get through the next few weeks, at least in many parts of the country, without significantly more severe restrictions being necessary.
‘What it is about is the rapid spread of the new strain of Covid-19 which is leading to a rapidly deteriorating and worsening situation in Wales, London and the South East.’
Ms Forbes said the latest action was aimed at preventing things getting worse – potentially very quickly – as a result of this new strain.
‘If we act now, we have a chance of keeping this situation under control while the vaccination programme continues to make progress. ‘