West of Scotland Scottish Greens MSP Ross Greer has called on the Scottish Government to roll out regular mass testing in Renfrewshire after the area moved to level 4 of the government’s coronavirus framework.

Greer has also said that the Scottish Government must provide Renfrewshire Council with greater resources to support the vulnerable people in members of the community who will require extra support as a result of this change.

Ross Greer told Renfrewshire News: “It’s extremely disappointing that Renfrewshire has been moved to level four on the framework, but it is unfortunately necessary given infection rates and concerns about hospital capacity.

“It’s essential that we all play our part by following the rules but restrictions on this level require far more direct support from the Scottish Government than is currently on offer, for individuals, businesses and Renfrewshire Council.

“Critically though, the Scottish Government needs to massively up its game on regular testing.”

Mr Greer, added: “The Scottish Greens have called for regular testing, in line with World Health Organisation guidance, for months. It’s essential that we understand where the virus is and how it is spreading if we want to get it back under control.

“A trial in Liverpool recently identified 700 individuals who had the virus and were thus infectious but had no symptoms so were entirely unaware. It’s essential that frontline staff like carers, teachers and hospital workers and prioritised for weekly testing, and that support is made available for those who do test positive while they isolate.

“Any constituent who requires help or advice can get in touch directly with my office via ross.greer.msp@parliament.scot.”