NHS Fife's Chair, Tricia Marwick;
"Our Public Health team have been closely monitoring the data for Fife and we have seen a sustained increase in the number of positive cases of Coronavirus across the Kingdom. It is therefore vital that we now act quickly and decisively to suppress the transmission rate of the virus across Fife, to save lives and protect frontline services.
“Following advice from Fife’s Director of Public Health and discussions with Fife council leaders, the National Scottish Incident Management Team (IMT) made a recommendation to the Scottish government to move Fife to level 3.
"This move from level 2 to 3 is a stark warning to us all. I am therefore asking all Fifers to adhere to the level 3 measures to help drive down the transmission rate and avoid any further restrictions being placed on our communities.
“NHS Fife is jointly working with its partners to support the combined effort to tackle the Coronavirus pandemic.
“The level 3 measures that were put in place across the Central Belt last month are starting to show some impact and we hope the same will follow for Fife. We will continue to monitor the situation with the Scottish Government and review the decision again regularly.”
Tricia Marwick added:
“I would like to remind the public that, at present, Covid-19 is causing severe pressure on our health and social care resources across Fife.
“To protect our loved ones, our staff, and our hospitals, it is vitally important that everyone takes responsibility to follow Scottish Government guidance. We must all reflect on our individual actions and consider the consequences of these on our communities and the most vulnerable in society.
“I would like to remind everyone about F.A.C.T.S. everyone should take care to wear a face covering when indoors, on public transport or when physical distancing is difficult. We should avoid crowded places and clean our hands regularly. We should also keep a two-metre distance from others and self-isolate and book a test if we show symptoms, however mild they may be.”