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Health Secretary Matt Hancock has outlined the government response to the Coronavirus – including enhanced monitoring at airports and ports, designated hospitals ready for mass testing, guidance for schools and employers, and the roll out of a public information campaign.

In Scotland, the Chief Medical Officer said it was “highly likely” there would be a positive case and the Scottish government has established two testing labs in Edinburgh and Glasgow.

But with the country in a state of limbo, the government cannot provide cast iron assurances, but it CAN ready us for an outbreak. So has it?

Policy editor Lewis Goodall.

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In This Story: Scotland

Scotland is a country in Western Europe which forms part of the United Kingdom. Its government was joined with that of England’s through the 1707 Acts of Union. A devolved government now administers many of the affairs of the country, though ultimate authority still resides with Westminster. Scotland has a distinct legal system and national sporting associations. 5.2 million people live in Scotland and the largest city in the country is Glasgow, though the capital is Edinburgh where the government sits at the Scottish Parliament opposite Holyrood Palace.

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