London, (Parliament Politics Magazine) – The UK removed Covid restrictions for England and Northern Ireland in early March, and Scotland and Wales were set to follow shortly after. Yet the number of patients testing positive for Covid-19 in Scottish hospitals has reached 1,636 people — the highest number since February 2021.
This is only slightly below the all-time peak of 2,053 in January 2021. There are also high numbers of people testing positive for Covid-19 in the country, with a recent report by the government suggesting there are around 14,000 new positive cases every 24 hours.
This is the highest number since the peak in early January, and many hospitals in Scotland are now close to full capacity. The elderly and other vulnerable groups seem to be the most affected.
Although fewer patients now need to be in intensive care, they still require the use of beds and services, meaning there’s less available for other patients. As a result, operations and other routine treatments have had to be canceled.
Hospitals are struggling to control the situation and manage the demand for beds — and the prospect of restrictions lifting further is a cause for serious concern. Health professionals are advising people to continue wearing masks and taking other precautions to keep safe, especially if they’re vulnerable.
Orkney has been affected particularly badly, reporting more than twice as many Covid cases as the average for the UK. Shetland and the Western Isles are also faring poorly, with more cases than elsewhere in the nation.