Nicola Sturgeon has issued a hopeful rallying cry as she suggested we could be over the worst of the pandemic within a ‘few months’.
The First Minister urged Scots to follow the rules and stick together in the bid to subdue the coronvirus threat.
While reminding the country that the clocks go back in the early hours of Sunday morning she admitted she wished she could skip ahead ‘a few months and be out of the Covid pandemic ‘.
The First Minister’s message comes as Scots brace for a new set of restrictions which will be introduced next week, almost eight months after people were first placed under lockdown rules.
This will include a new five-tier system which will be used to decide how to implement local lockdowns.
With most experts predicting that an effective and properly tested vaccine will not be widely available to the bulk of the population until at least next summer, Scots are facing a long, hard winter.
But the SNP leader is pleading with fellow Scots to be patient and follow the rules, stating ‘Covid will pass’.
Sturgeon tweeted: “Clocks go back tonight. I wish we could spring forward a few months and be out of the Covid pandemic.
‘Unfortunately, that’s not possible…but we will get there. Covid will pass.
‘In the meantime, we need to stick with it and stick together.”
One twitter user replied: “I wish Nicola. I was shielding, live alone and now new restrictions. I feel it’s like a never ending nightmare.
“I need my family.
“Just wish I could see an end to this but I don’t till there is a vaccine and even that seems to be a long way off.”
A second twitter user replied: “Don’t agree with your politics but you have been outstanding in your leadership.”
A third twitter user replied: “We are lucky in Scotland in the 6 months of Winter it’s too bloody cold and wet to go out and mix. It is no longer a “scunner” but a healthy environment , Rejoice!”
A forth twitter user replied: “If we go back into lockdown please don’t do what Wales are doing banning so called nonessential goods. If we do the first things nonessentials should be cigarettes and alcohol, not kids clothing etc.”