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UK coronavirus live: Scotland’s R number ‘probably now above 1’ and could be 1.4, says Nicola Sturgeon

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Q: Were you over-optimistic earlier in the summer in June when you said the virus was in retreat and we were moving nearer to normality?

Sturgeon says that, when she made that comment, the virus was in retreat.

This is what Sturgeon said near the start of her press conference to address the claim that her government’s lockdown rules have been unfair on Aberdeen. (See 10.49am.)

@NicolaSturgeon: “In Aberdeen, through the work of Test and Protect, it was identified that the outbreak there had started in pubs, but also that there was a risk of wider community transmission. Our decisions on restrictions were driven by our understanding of that.”

@NicolaSturgeon: “The cases in Greater Glasgow & Clyde are instead associated with multiple, smaller, unconnected household-based clusters.

And that then raises the concern about the risks of wider community transmission.”

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