‘Just trying to do my job’: Scotland’s Sturgeon rejects claims she’s trying to embarrass UK govt with Covid-19 face coverings call
During the daily coronavirus media briefing on Tuesday, Sturgeon revealed that her government’s new guidance recommends that the Scottish public wear non-medical face coverings in spaces where social distancing is difficult to achieve, such as in shops and on public transport.
It echoes calls from London Mayor Sadiq Khan and, somewhat controversially, marks a direct shift from the UK government's position on face coverings, as it has thus far insisted that the science is not clear on their efficacy in fighting the spread of deadly virus.Also on rt.com UK records highest weekly death toll from all causes SINCE RECORDS BEGAN amid Covid-19 surge
The updated guidance drew a rather mischievous response from the Sun’s political editor Tom Newton Dunn, who ostensibly suggested that in making such an announcement before London, Sturgeon was trying to “embarrass” British PM Boris Johnson’s administration.
That in turn prompted a reaction from the Scottish first minister and SNP leader on Twitter, labelling suggestions that she had “malign motives” as “tedious and misplaced.”
I’m just trying to do my job – as every other government is.
I’m just trying to do my job - as every other government is. This tendency to read malign motives when all any of us is trying to do is tackle the virus as best we can, is tedious and misplaced. https://t.co/VNVHthPsO9— Nicola Sturgeon (@NicolaSturgeon) April 28, 2020
Sturgeon insisted that “all governments across the UK” were looking at the issue of face coverings as the country considers relaxing some lockdown rules as part of social distancing measures, claiming that there was no “divide or split” on the matter.
She told reporters that “My responsibility is to make judgments based on the evidence I can get on what is right to protect the people of Scotland.”Also on rt.com Shock new development as children fall ill with syndrome similar to severe Covid-19
Sturgeon said that face coverings could include “something fairly basic – a scarf, bandana, cloth or textile,” but conceded that there were limits to the benefits of such garments.
Figures published by Public Health Scotland on Tuesday showed that 10,721 people have tested positive for coronavirus in and out of hospital since the start of the outbreak, with a death toll of 1,332.
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