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Nicola Sturgeon warned over schools amid lockdown ease: ‘Taking a bigger risk than Boris!’

Lockdown: Sturgeon taking 'more risks' than Johnson says Curtice

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Polling guru Sir John Curtice has warned that Scottish First Minister Nicola Sturgeon has taken a “bigger risk” with the easing of Scotland’s lockdown than Boris Johnson has with restrictions in England. Sir John argued that by choosing to lift coronavirus measures as students return to school the Scottish Government was taking a larger gamble. It comes as Ms Sturgeon announced an end to nearly all Covid rules in Scotland from Monday, August 9.

Sir John told GB News: “The First Minister has been pressing the JCVI, as indeed has the Chief Medical Officer in Scotland, for the mass vaccination of teenagers.

“Well, she hinted today that she is hoping the JCVI are going to move on that and that if they do Scotland will be vaccinating teenagers sooner rather than later.

“You have to bear in mind that whereas Boris Johnson released basically most of the students in England just as schools were breaking up.

“In Scotland, the schools will start going back next week.”

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“The school holidays are coming to an end,” continued Sir John.

“And to that extent at least Nicola Sturgeon is making a bit of a bigger risk in that the schools are going to reopen.

“At a time when most though not all restrictions are finally being ended.”

Ms Sturgeon has announced that essentially all Covid related rules will be lifted in Scotland from Monday, August 9 three weeks after Boris Johnson lifted all similar restrictions in England.

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Ms Sturgeon told MSPs: “This change is significant and hard-earned.

“The sacrifices everyone has made over the past year-and-a-half can never be overstated.

“However, while this move will restore a substantial degree of normality, it is important to be clear that it does not signal the end of the pandemic or a return to life exactly as we knew it before Covid struck.

“Declaring freedom from, or victory over, this virus is premature.

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“The harm the virus can do, including through the impact of long Covid, should not be underestimated.

“And its ability to mutate may yet pose us real challenges,” continued the First Minister.

“So even as we make this move today, care and caution will still be required.

“And that is why I want to focus now on the protections and guidance that will remain in place after August 9.”

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