Stirling MP Calls for International Cooperation in COVID-19 Fight


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Stirling’s MP Alyn Smith has called on the UK government to take the advice of international organisations, such as the European Centre for Disease Control, in the fight to slow down and stop the spread of Covid-19.

During a question and answer session with the UK Health Secretary, Mr Smith pointed to the European Centre, which has recently placed the UK in a category of just five European countries that are not making substantial progress in reducing the spread of the infection.

He urged the UK government to heed the advice of international organisations when considering how to deal with the spread of Covid-19.

Commenting, Alyn Smith said:

“People in Stirling have patiently complied with the lockdown restrictions, which is having a huge impact on personal lives and livelihoods. The result is that we are seeing evidence of the spread of the virus slowing – although we must be mindful that we are not there yet.

“This week, shamefully, the UK surpassed Italy in recording the highest number of Covid-19 deaths in Europe – with the second highest in the world. The European Centre for Disease Control has said that the UK is not doing enough to slow down the disease.

“We’ve seen the UK government failing to sign up to procurement programs through the EU that could have supplied more people with PPE to protect those who are working on the frontline to stop this disease.

“This is a global pandemic and it’s only through international cooperation that we will beat it. That’s why more cooperation is needed, not less.”

Question to the UK Health Secretary, Matt Hancock: