The coronavirus lockdown could be lifted in three months time, “if the public continues to comply the strict enforced social distancing rules.”
Boris Johnson enforced the lockdown on 24 March telling people via a televised address to the nation, we are to “remain at home” for three weeks.
Scotland’s chief medical officer, Catherine Calderwood said, “What we do know from the scientific evidence is that if people are stringently obeying these new rules, these very difficult rules… we are then able to slow the spread of this transmission.
“The more we comply, the better that those measures are going to reduce the transmission of the virus and that length of time, at least 13 weeks, we would be able to lift some of those measures potentially after that three-month period.”
She did not say whether the entire UK or just Scotland will need to observe the measures for three months.
However, the UK are following on from Europe’s strict measures of lockdown and the UK could most likely be in lockdown for up to three months.
Scotland’s First Minister, Nicola Sturgeon said, “This unfortunately is not a quick fix. We all want this phase of our lives to be over as quickly as possible.
“As much as I’d like to stand here and say otherwise, it is unlikely that this will be in just a few weeks. We are in this for the long haul.”
She added, “Please everyone, I know how tough this is, but please, please stick with it. You are helping us to save lives.
“Let me again thank everyone across the country who is playing their part – your efforts will continue to be really vital in the weeks ahead as we fight this battle against coronavirus.”
The NHS Nightingale hospital in London’s Docklands has now become the world’s largest critical care unit, with 4,000 beds.
In less than two weeks the British military and other critical key workers turned London’s ExCel Centre into a 4,000-bed hospital, housing two morgue’s and can hold over 16,000 staff.
The critical care hospital has 80 wards and will be opened by Prince Charles on Friday. The Prince of Wales is now out of self-isolation after he tested positive for coronavirus, whilst Camilla remains in isolation.