Sturgeon to BAN English visitors to Scotland in days as SNP draws up border – EXCLUSIVE
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Nicola Sturgeon said during today’s coronavirus briefing that she backed Welsh First Minister Mark Drakeford’s move to ban entry to Wales to people from areas of the UK. Mr Drakeford told the Senedd he had asked for work on a travel ban to be brought forward after Prime Minister Boris Johnson failed to reply to two letters requesting he introduce the measure across the UK.
But Express.co.uk understands that officials in Edinburgh have said they were strongly considering plans for new restrictions on travel north of the border.
A Scottish Government source told this website: “We haven’t ruled anything out and are considering a number of travel-related options with relevant advice.”
The official stressed any announcement “would look to be made as early as next week”.
Ms Sturgeon also revealed today that she would be writing to the Prime Minister to “seek urgent talks” on the issue of travel within the UK.
She tweeted her “full support” for his decision, adding the Scottish Government “will also take whatever action we consider necessary to control COVID”.
The measures Express.co.uk understands could see people from area’s in at least Tier 3 of Boris Johnson’s new three-tier lockdown being unable to travel to the UK nation.
The First Minister has already advised against non-essential travel to the parts of “England which are classed as very high or high alert areas under England’s new three-tier system.”
She said: “And I’m asking people from these areas not to travel to Scotland either.”
The current death toll of people in Scotland who first tested positive for the virus within the previous 28 days is now 2,572.
Half of the 15 new deaths reported were under the age of 80 and a “small number” were under 60.
Giving an update on the daily cases, Ms Sturgeon said they represent 16.4 percent of newly tested individuals, down from 17.2 percent on Tuesday.
Of the 1,429 new cases, 537 are in Greater Glasgow and Clyde, 327 in Lanarkshire, 239 in Lothian, and 92 in Ayrshire and Arran.
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But tonight, No. 10 has disagreed with the prospect of a travel ban saying the virus “doesn’t respect geography”.
A spokesman added: “It is clear that this virus does not respect geography and any new local spikes need all levels of government to work together.
“We’ve been working closely with the devolved administrations to support communities and businesses and it is disappointing that they have chosen to act unilaterally rather than collaborating with other parts of the UK.
“It is important that people follow their devolved administration’s local guidance.
“From the outset, our guidance has also been very clear that people from very high prevalence areas should avoid travelling in or out of that area.”
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