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Scottish Government COVID-19 Advisory Group minutes: 13 April 2020

Published: 16 Apr 2020
Date of next meeting: 12 Apr 2020

A note of the sixth meeting of the COVID-19 Advisory Group held on Monday 13 April.

16 Apr 2020
Scottish Government COVID-19 Advisory Group minutes: 13 April 2020

Items and actions

  1. The Advisory Group had a question and answer session with a member of the think tank group advising the German government. Topics covered include plans for contact tracing, public opinion and compliance in Germany, testing capacity, and lockdown exit strategies under consideration.
  2. The Scottish Government asked the group to provide advice on the current lockdown arrangements and next steps. This commission was accepted. The group agreed that the current evidence does not suggest the need for a more stringent lockdown, but neither did the evidence suggest that the current lockdown could yet be relaxed. 
  3. The Advisory Group held a detailed discussion of testing. The following points were agreed by the group:
    a. testing is not, in itself, a strategy to end lockdown but will be essential to any strategy and is important to get right.
    b.speed of results is important, as well as the overall number of tests.
  4. In relation to testing, the group noted the increase in capacity that has been set in motion and discussed the need for clear prioritisation of who will be tested in order to protect the most vulnerable. It was noted that an increase in testing should also inform modelling of different exit strategies.