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Scottish Government COVID-19 Advisory Group minutes: 21 May 2020

Published: 27 May 2020
Date of meeting: 21 May 2020

A note of the seventeenth meeting of the COVID-19 Advisory Group held on Thursday 21 May 2020.

27 May 2020
Scottish Government COVID-19 Advisory Group minutes: 21 May 2020

Items and actions

Advisory Group members provided updates from additional national and international groups they are members on – highlighting the need for continued exchange between groups. The group noted the opportunity to learn from countries and other parts of the UK that are transitioning from lockdown at different pace and the importance of engaging with experts from these countries at future meetings. 

The group discussed the publication of the Scottish Government COVID-19 route map and the important role that the Test and Protect strategy will play. They recognised that the success of this will be crucial to progress through the phases, along with continue adherence to physical distancing, infection control, and hand hygiene guidelines.  

The group reinforced the importance for the scientific community and government to keep articulating questions that will need to be answered as we are to progress through phases of the road map. In particular, there is now a need to identify lead indicators as well as carrying out evaluation of changes where these have been made. This will ensure that decisions continue to be informed by the best evidence available.