Police have been known as to handle an ‘unplanned’ anti-lockdown protest in Scotland’s largest metropolis that seems to be one of many nation’s largest demonstrations for the reason that pandemic started. 

1000’s of protesters gathered at Glasgow Inexperienced at 1pm on Saturday as public anger boiled over at First Minister Nicola Sturgeon’s newest Covid curbs.

The activists started the unplanned procession by marching by way of Argyle Road, one of many metropolis’s busiest thoroughfares, throughout what the marketing campaign group known as a ‘Freedom Rally’.

A few of them have been pictured carrying placards saying ‘Do you belief your authorities along with your life?’ and ‘vaccine passports means your physique will likely be owned by the state perpetually’. 

The protest is believed to have been organised by Scotland Towards Lockdown, a bunch that runs campaigns towards obligatory facemasks.

The campaigners are additionally against the Scottish and UK Governments’ Coronavirus Act 2020, social distancing and obligatory vaccines, in accordance with its social media pages. 

Official knowledge confirmed Covid circumstances in Wales and Scotland are growing quicker than in England regardless of the nations’ harsher restrictions.

Confirmed infections are rising greater than twice as shortly in Scotland as they’re in England, leaping from 6,976 to 14,006 within the former nation within the week as much as January 2 – a rise of greater than 100 per cent.

For comparability, circumstances elevated 44 per cent in England to 129,014 throughout the identical interval. They elevated by greater than 52 per cent in Wales to 9,718. 

New figures additionally revealed there are 1,362 folks in Scottish hospitals with confirmed circumstances of Covid-19. Of those, 48 folks have been in intensive care with the virus. 

Police have been called to manage an 'unplanned' anti-lockdown demonstration in Glasgow today. Crowds of activists marched in Argyle Street during what the campaign group called a 'Freedom Rally'

Police have been known as to handle an ‘unplanned’ anti-lockdown demonstration in Glasgow in the present day. Crowds of activists marched in Argyle Road throughout what the marketing campaign group known as a ‘Freedom Rally’

The protest is believed to have been organised by Scotland Against Lockdown, a group that runs campaigns against mandatory facemasks

The protest is believed to have been organised by Scotland Towards Lockdown, a bunch that runs campaigns towards obligatory facemasks

Public anger is boiling over at First Minister Nicola Sturgeon's 'draconian' measures, as Covid cases continue to rise faster in Scotland compared to England, according to the latest available data

Public anger is boiling over at First Minister Nicola Sturgeon’s ‘draconian’ measures, as Covid circumstances proceed to rise quicker in Scotland in comparison with England, in accordance with the newest accessible knowledge

A woman holding a sign saying 'Scotland c'mon guys 2 weeks to flatten the curve ¿ "aye right"' takes part in the protest in Glasgow today

A lady holding an indication saying ‘Scotland c’mon guys 2 weeks to flatten the curve — ‘aye proper” takes half within the protest in Glasgow in the present day

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A person carrying 

People take part in the 'Freedom Rally', an anti-vaccine demonstration organised by the campaign group 'Scotland Against Lockdown' in Glasgow city centre

Individuals participate within the ‘Freedom Rally’, an anti-vaccine demonstration organised by the marketing campaign group ‘Scotland Towards Lockdown’ in Glasgow metropolis centre

Official knowledge present Covid circumstances in Wales and Scotland are growing quicker than in England regardless of the nations’ harsher restrictions


The identical adjustments to testing for asymptomatic folks as seen in England — with confirmatory PCR exams not required — have been applied in Scotland from Thursday.

On the identical day, Scotland introduced pre-departure testing for travellers getting into the nation could be scrapped.

The change will take impact from Friday at 4am, whereas these coming into the nation will even be capable to use a lateral circulation check as a substitute of a PCR as their post-arrival check, taken on or earlier than the second day of their keep, from Sunday at 4am.

The requirement to self-isolate till a detrimental PCR is returned will even come to an finish.

Different restrictions within the nation embody occasions having one-metre social distancing and being restricted to 100 folks standing indoors, 200 folks sitting indoors and 500 folks outdoor.

One-metre bodily distancing is in place in all indoor hospitality and leisure settings.

Desk service can be required the place alcohol is being served.

Since December 14, folks have been requested to scale back their social contacts as a lot as doable by assembly in teams of not more than three households.

Permitting employees to do business from home the place doable has turn into a authorized obligation on employers.

Care house visits have additionally been restricted to 2 households.


One witness stated about 1,000 folks have been collaborating within the protest in Glasgow in the present day. 

A police spokesman stated: ‘Officers are presently facilitating an unplanned procession in Glasgow Metropolis centre to make sure public security and minimise disruption to the group.’

The protest got here as a well being board in Scotland warned it might declare a significant incident subsequent week as Covid case numbers proceed to rise sharply.

Members of the navy have already been drafted in to some areas to help NHS staff because the Omicron variant fuels Covid an infection ranges to report highs.

In a briefing to employees, NHS Grampian stated that on account of ‘an exponential progress’ of circumstances within the final fortnight, it might declare a ‘main incident’ as early as subsequent week.

It stated: ‘Primarily based on our modelling knowledge, we anticipate a continued and vital progress within the ranges of the illness inserting much more vital stress on care properties, main care groups, group groups and hospitals.

‘Our deliberate response will embody a declaration of a significant incident when quite a lot of key set off factors are reached.

‘Taking a look at our native knowledge, these triggers might be met as early as the tip of subsequent week.’

The doc went on to elucidate employees will likely be briefed additional with a significant incident plan if the announcement goes forward subsequent week.

Army personnel started arriving to help NHS employees in NHS Grampian, NHS Ayrshire and Arran and NHS Lanarkshire on Friday.

It’s understood Grampian can have 38 service personnel for 4 weeks, whereas 32 will work in Lanarkshire for a similar interval, and 20 in Ayrshire in Arran for the following six weeks.

The personnel have joined 221 members of the Armed Forces who’ve been supporting the vaccine programme throughout Scotland, with 96 driving ambulances in help of the Scottish Ambulance service.

New knowledge launched on Saturday additionally confirmed there have been 12,602 new circumstances of Covid-19 reported, though there are delays in folks receiving outcomes from PCR exams.

Of the 57,907 new exams for Covid that reported outcomes, 25.1% have been optimistic.

There have been 26 new reported deaths of people that have examined optimistic for the virus.

A primary dose of a vaccination has now been acquired by 4,390,076 folks, whereas 4,041,550 have acquired their second dose and three,082,231 have acquired a 3rd dose or booster.

A Scottish Authorities spokesperson stated: ‘There proceed to be giant volumes of exams being processed by labs; this and the vacation weekend have impacted turnaround occasions leading to delays between specimens being taken and outcomes being acquired and reported.

‘Public Well being Scotland are persevering with to watch the state of affairs.’

In the meantime, Wales yesterday doubled down on stage two measures — which have been in place since Boxing day and embody the rule of six, obligatory face masks in all indoor setting and an evening membership ban.

Professor Robert Dingwall, a former Authorities Covid adviser, stated Omicron in Wales was ‘driving a rise which isn’t actually being contained by these additional restrictions’.

However Wales’ First Minister Mark Drakeford yesterday launched an astonishing tirade at Boris Johnson over Covid restrictions.

He vowed to disregard clear proof that the worst of the Omicron wave has handed in an effort to maintain robust restrictions in place in Wales. 

Graph shows: Covid infection rates across England's regions up to January 2, Department of Health data shows

Graph exhibits: Covid an infection charges throughout England’s areas as much as January 2, Division of Well being knowledge exhibits

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Pictured above is the % change in an infection charges in England over the week to December 26 (left), and January 2 (proper)

NHS figures launched in the present day present there have been 13,045 beds occupied by coronavirus victims on January 4, of which 4,845 weren’t primarily sick with the illness. It means solely six in 10 inpatients are primarily ailing with Covid now in comparison with greater than 80 per cent with Delta

Experts say there is reason to believe that incidentals will continue to rise as the variant pushes England's infection rates to record highs, with one in 15 people estimated to have had Covid on New Year's Eve

Specialists say there may be purpose to consider that incidentals will proceed to rise because the variant pushes England’s an infection charges to report highs, with one in 15 folks estimated to have had Covid on New 12 months’s Eve

The share of so-called 'incidental' cases was even bigger in Omicron hotspot London , where 45 per cent of 'Covid patients' were not primarily in hospital for the virus

The share of so-called ‘incidental’ circumstances was even greater in Omicron hotspot London , the place 45 per cent of ‘Covid sufferers’ weren’t primarily in hospital for the virus

Map shows: vaccine uptake across England's 300-plus local areas, with darker colours indicating a higher proportion of the population that has got a booster. Uptake is lowest in London

Map exhibits: vaccine uptake throughout England’s 300-plus native areas, with darker colors indicating the next proportion of the inhabitants that has obtained a booster. Uptake is lowest in London

Professor Dingwall informed The Every day Telegraph: ‘What I feel may be fairly stated is that all the additional interventions put in place by the Welsh authorities actually don’t appear to have had any impression.’

He added that circumstances are hovering in elements of France ‘which have much more restrictions, however are additionally having huge waves of Covid, particularly within the main cities. 

He stated: ‘Omicron is so infectious that really nothing you do makes a lot distinction’. 

However Mr Drakeford branded England a world ‘outlier’ in resisting tighter curbs and accused the PM of overseeing a ‘politically paralysed’ administration that had tied his palms.

He used a press convention to insist that Wales’ robust Covid restrictions on bars and mass occasions should keep in place on account of an Omicron ‘storm’ breaking over the nation.

As the remainder of the UK eases restrictions he warned of ‘a troublesome month forward’, regardless of admitting that the variant might not be as extreme as earlier waves.

However then, in a rant at Mr Johnson, he added: ‘In England, we’ve got a Authorities that’s politically paralysed, with a Prime Minister who’s unable to safe an settlement by way of his Cupboard to take the actions that his advisers have been telling him should have been taken.

‘And even when he might get his Cupboard to handle them, he cannot get his MPs to agree them.

‘The outlier right here shouldn’t be Wales. Wales is taking motion, as is Scotland, as is Northern Eire, and as are nations proper throughout Europe, and proper throughout the globe.

‘The one nation that stands out as not taking motion to guard its inhabitants is England.’