Responding to new statistics released today by the National Records of Scotland, which show that people in the most deprived areas of Scotland were 2.1 times more likely to die with the virus than those living in the least deprived areas, Scottish Liberal Democrat health spokesperson Alex Cole-Hamilton MSP commented:
"Confirmation that deprived communities across Scotland have faced a much higher risk from this virus than those in less deprived areas is truly terrible.
"We are at a point now where the prevalence of the virus has dramatically decreased. We should use this period to learn lessons from our initial response, and quickly.
"We've seen, including from countries that handled the first wave better, that there is real reason to be concerned about future local flare-ups or a full-blown second wave. We should be ready for it. The Scottish Government should agree to a rapid forward-looking review of national preparedness and should include in it work to tackle the deprivation divide.”