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17 April 2020updated 06 Oct 2020 9:45am

Scotland prepared to diverge from rest of UK on coronavirus, Sturgeon says

By Samuel Horti

The Scottish government is prepared to diverge from the rest of UK on measures to tackle the coronavirus, Scottish National Party leader Nicola Sturgeon said this morning.

“If I was being advised and the judgement I was applying to that advice told me that I had to do something different to the rest of the UK because it was right and necessary to control the virus in Scotland of course I would do that, but I will be driven by what advice science and my own judgement tell me the right thing to do is,” she told the BBC’s Today programme.

Sturgeon has said she will publish an “exit strategy” next week, while the UK government has repeatedly said now is not the right time for a national conversation on easing coronavirus measures.

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