MSP Gil Paterson has warned constituents of the severity of the escalating Coronavirus pandemic spreading in Scotland.
The Clydebank and Milngavie MSP urged members of the public to take assist in the battle against the virus.
As of Monday March 16, gatherings of more than 500 will be banned to ease the burden on emergency services.
Some 60 have been infected though zero deaths are recorded so far, and 2,892 people in Scotland have been tested.
A helpline has been set up to both help businesses and identify problems facing business for the Scottish Government.
Mr Paterson also questioned cabinet secretary for health, Jeane Freeman MSP, in the Scottish Parliament yesterday on surveillance testing of the virus continuing into the “delay” phase.
Ms Freeman clarified testing would continue, saying: “First, through our sentinel group of GP practices, of which there are 41 in Scotland; secondly, through the swabbing of individuals currently in our intensive care units; and thirdly, through testing those individuals who are admitted to hospital for a respiratory condition.”
Mr Paterson urged constituents to help in the national effort to stop coronavirus.
He said: “I am urging my constituents to take the coronavirus very seriously and exercise personal responsibility to prevent its spread.
“If constituents believe they have the virus, or suffer similar symptoms, they should be staying at home and self-isolating.
“Obviously, we cannot prevent all transmissions of this disease due to its highly contagious nature, but we must take great care.
“In Scotland, we can expect a lot of people to become sick, so we must brace ourselves for this terrible event.
“I am glad to see the Scottish Government acting on the guidelines of health professionals and urge the public to keep up to date with the latest instructions which can benefit themselves, their families and indeed the wider community.”
Transcript from the Urgent Statement: Novel coronavirus COVID-19 update - 12 March 2020:
· Gil Paterson (Clydebank and Milngavie) (SNP):
Can the cabinet secretary advise whether moving to the delay phase will mean that there is no longer surveillance testing for Covid-19?
· Jeane Freeman:
No, surveillance testing will continue in the three ways that I mentioned earlier. First, through our sentinel group of GP practices, of which there are 41 in Scotland; secondly, through the swabbing of individuals currently in our intensive care units; and thirdly, through testing those individuals who are admitted to hospital for a respiratory condition.