First Minister Nicola Sturgeon announced her decision to supplement UK advice with a Scottish scientific group after more than 1,563 coronavirus cases were confirmed in Scotland, and 47 deaths. She said: “At all times, the Scottish Government’s actions have been guided by the best and most up to date expert scientific advice, working closely of course with Governments across the UK.
“But as the number of cases increases it is ever more important that we have the fullest possible understanding of exactly how the virus is spreading in Scotland.
“We need to be certain that the decisions we are taking are the most effective ones possible and we need to know whether there are more steps that are required to be taken.
“So for that reason, I can confirm today we are now seeking to supplement the advice from the UK Scientific Advisory Group on Emergencies, or Sage as it is known, and we are establishing a new Scottish Government Covid-19 advisory group.”
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Nicola Sturgeon has set up her own bespoke advice group for Scotland (Image: PA)
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Ms Sturgeon said the advisory body will be chaired by Professor Andrew Morris from the University of Edinburgh, who is also chief scientist at the Scottish Government’s health directorate.
Professor David Crossman, the dean of medicine at the University of St Andrews, will serve as vice-chairman.
The new Scottish Government Covid-19 advisory group will supplement the work of Sage – the UK Scientific Advisory Group on Emergencies – which has been advising ministers north and south of the border.
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