Coronavirus in Scotland RECAP: First Minister gives Covid update at Holyrood | Nicola Sturgeon hails reduction in hospital cases | FM says Scottish Government wants to get Glasgow back on track ‘as quickly as possible’ | Scottish Greens leaders apologise after Covid breach | Boris Johnson and Matt Hancock respond to Dominic Cummings’ attacks on them

Live updates on Covid-19 from Scotland, the UK, and around the world.

By Gary Flockhart
Thursday, 27th May 2021, 8:30 am
Updated Thursday, 27th May 2021, 1:25 pm

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Follow along for all the latest on the pandemic as well as live coverage of Nicola Sturgeon’s appearance at First Minister’s Questions.

Live updates on Covid-19 from Scotland, the UK, and around the world.

Coronavirus in Scotland LIVE: The latest updates on Thursday, May 27

Last updated: Thursday, 27 May, 2021, 13:47

  • Sturgeon: Drop in Covid cases in hospital and ICU ‘reasons to be optimistic’
  • Cummings’ claims not true, says Hancock
  • Scottish Greens leaders apologise after Covid breach

Nicola Sturgeon: "The rights of a child matter, whether that child was born here in Scotland or is the child of an asylum seeker. They're a child living in Scotland and they should all have the same rights."

Downing Street has insisted the Prime Minister continues to be “guided by the latest scientific advice”.

Prime Minister Boris Johnson said: “We take decisions as fast as we can but we have to weigh the data.

“On what’s happening now we are pretty satisfied that the steps we have taken so far on the road map have been right.”

Responding to Dominic Cummings’ claim that he was not a fit person to be leading the country, Boris Johnson said: “I think it’s important for us to focus on what really matters to the people of this country.

“I think, if I may say so, that some of the commentary I have heard doesn’t bear any relation to reality.

“What people want us to get on with is delivering the road map and trying – cautiously – to take our country forward through what has been one of the most difficult periods that I think anybody can remember.”

Responding to Dominic Cummings’ claims about it being “nonsense” to say care homes were shielded, Boris Johnson said: “We did everything we could to protect the NHS and to protect care homes as well.”

He added: “We put £1.4 billion extra into infection control within care homes, we established a care homes action plan, I remember very clearly, to ensure that we tried to stop infection between care homes.

“We remain very vigilant.”

Nicola Sturgeon says 464 people have tested positive for Covid-19 in Scotland in the past 24 hours

Nicola Sturgeon: "It is often the failure to take quick and firm decisions that leads to the loss of life. Anybody who is in any doubt about that only had to a listen to a fraction of what Dominic Cummings outlined about what he described as the ‘chaotic response’ of the UK government at key moments of this pandemic.”

Nicola Sturgeon: “I understand the frustration of the business community”

Ms Sturgeon says the situation in Glasgow must be handled responsibly and safely

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