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The Deputy First Minister was accused of spreading “fake news” and endangering public well being by Annie Wells, the Tories Shadow Cabinet Secretary for Health. The newest political furore in Scotland was triggered after Mr Swinney posted a tweet on Monday about face masks. The tweet contained a face masks graphic together with unsubstantiated claims about their effectiveness in stopping the unfold of the virus.

One such assertion maintained that an individual with Covid couldn’t transmit the virus to one other particular person simply six toes away, if each had been sporting masks.

Mr Swinney initially failed to delete the publish from his social media accounts, prompting the transfer by the Scottish Tories.

In a press release, Ms Wells accused the SNP of failing to take applicable measures to right their mistake.

She mentioned that Mr Swinney’s tweet was “essentially fake news” that might have reached a whole lot of hundreds of individuals.

“The continued use of an unverified graphic like this is potentially dangerous,” she claimed.

“It undermines the serious public health message that masks can limit the spread of the virus.

“It may even convince some people that there is zero risk from Covid in certain situations, which is not supported by science.”

The Shadow Cabinet Secretary for Health accused the SNP Government of “poor judgement” and said she had been left with no choice but to report “this graphic to the UK Statistics Authority for their input, since SNP Ministers will not act.”

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He mentioned: “I shared a picture on Monday to illustrate that masks and distancing will help cease Covid transmission.

“I have now deleted the image as the figures in it were not verified. Sorry for that.

“But the message is unchanged: masks and distancing stay essential to beating this virus.”

The Scottish Government didn’t give any particulars of the supply of the graphic.

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