Scotland could be rid of Covid in a few months, suggested a leading expert.
University of Edinburgh professor says country is on track to eliminate coronavirus at the end of summer.
Professor Devi Sridhar believes Scotland will return to normal – if progress can be sustained.
The number of coronavirus cases worldwide has exceeded 10 million since the start of the pandemic, new figures confirmed today.
But there were no confirmed deaths from the virus on Friday or Saturday north of the border, officials said.
However, the biggest problem in maintaining current infection levels is an open border with England.
She told the BBC: “If Scotland were an island – like New Zealand – I would say that resorting to zero cases would be entirely possible.
“I think Scotland is on track to eliminate the coronavirus by the end of the summer by examining the rate of decline in new cases.
“But we’re going to see little bumps, so it’s a question of how well can you keep those bumps.”
She added: “July is a crucial month for people to follow the rules and advice and be reasonable because the virus is still there and can still grow quite quickly in a few days and weeks.”
Professor Sridhar says – so far – that discussions on a so-called second wave have not materialized.
She added: “The” second wave “of South Korea is 70 years old [new] cases that, to me, are like “ok you’re in a pretty good position”. “
But Britain faces the risk of a second deadly wave this winter and must prepare now to fight it, warned two of the government’s top science advisers.
Sir Jeremy Farrar, a member of the Scientific Emergency Advisory Group, predicted that “a real second wave will come in the winter months, in October and November”.
He warned that the next three months are “absolutely critical” to prevent the “national disaster” that left more than 50,000 people dead.