George Galloway criticises Sturgeon's handling of pandemic
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Politician George Galloway delivered a damning monologue which criticised Nicola Sturgeon after he explained only four positive cases have been confirmed on the Scottish border with 1,550 cases in the whole of Scotland over one week. While the Scottish health boards have updated that figure to five since his speech, Mr Galloway used the figure to illustrate the contradiction between ridiculously low case rates in Scotland but tough restrictions remaining. The party leader condemned the pandemic’s handing stating it was a “disaster for the dead” as he pressured Ms Sturgeon to act quicker.
Mr Galloway delivered a speech from a car park in Greta Green located just beside the Scottish border to deliver a damning verdict of Ms Sturgeon’s coronavirus response.
The speech, lasting around half an hour, blasted the First Minister for destroying the Scottish economy through lockdown restrictions when cases are so low.
He told viewers on his YouTube channel before Ms Sturgeon’s confirmation that Scotland would go down to level three restrictions: “[Nicola Sturgeon] will be announcing freedom.
“Freedom from this lockdown – do you know how many cases were in the Scottish Borders last week?
“Cases of coronavirus, not people in hospital or people in intensive care.
“Not people being laid in the ground, but cases – four!
“Four cases of coronavirus in the entire Scottish border.”
In total, the Scottish Border area has seen 2,883 as of April 21 with a population of over 115,000.
The council area of Dumfries and Galloway, where Gretna Green is located, saw five cases of COVID-19 this past week and has seen a total of 4,147.
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Mr Galloway continued: “And yet all these shops, all these cafes are closed.
“This great gateway which would normally see many people each day, many of these places will never reopen.
“In fact, thousands of businesses in Scotland will not reopen and people tell me with a straight face that Nicola Sturgeon has handled the pandemic well.
“It has been a disaster, it’s a disaster for the dead, it’s a disaster for the bereaved.
“It was a disaster for the workers in the health service and the social care sector.
“It’s been a disaster for the economy and it’s been a disaster for honour in public life.”
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Nicola Sturgeon announced Scotland would be placed in level three restrictions on April 26 as per the Government’s lockdown roadmap.
Non-essential shops, pubs, gyms and other venues will be able to open but hospitality venues will not be allowed to serve alcohol.
Cafes and restaurants will also have a curfew where they are required to close.
Ms Sturgeon made the announcement earlier this week and revealed Scotland saw 178 cases on April 20 with two deaths.
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