On Channel 4 News but not, to my knowledge, on the Scottish broadcast media, a clear explanation of why ‘Scotland [and not England] has banned visiting other people’s homes.‘
Professor Sridhar explains at 02:24 into this clip (link below):
The scientific advice is pretty much aligned. The group I’m on, the Scottish Government Advisory Group works closely with SAGE and SAGE works closely with us. Independent SAGE is also sharing their papers. I think in general the scientific advice is quite aligned. It’s just then a policy and a leadership decision. Which decision are you going to take? How do you balance the various harms being done?
Sridhar makes a very important point which the FM did mention but which again needed more media attention:
If you move early, you can have minimal restrictions, hopefully for a shorter amount of time. So these are in place for three weeks. If there’s good compliance with them, it could means that in three weeks, they could be lifted and we’d be in a good position and testing and tracing can take over.
Remember Scotland’s locally-based testing and tracing teams have been around 99% successful.
Footnote: There is some social media buzz suggesting that Sridhar has been ‘encouraged’ to say less about Scotland doing better. I have searched a few of her more recent Guardian pieces for ‘Scot’, only to find no mention, but this interview seems to suggest she remains prepared to tell it like it is.