A PUBLIC health expert has praised Nicola Sturgeon's response to coronavirus, saying Scotland will "show the way to the rest of the UK".

Dr Gabriel Scally made the remark after Nicola Sturgeon shared a graph from the Scientific Advisory Group for Emergencies (Sage) which showed the number of new cases of Covid-19 per 100,000 people in the UK from July 17 to October 30.

It showed the effects of Scotland's stronger restrictions in the central belt, England's rule of six, 10pm curfew and three tier system and circuit breakers in Wales and Northern Ireland.

Sturgeon said: "This 4 nations graph (⁦@IndependentSage⁩) suggests that the early action taken in - & the sacrifices of everyone in complying - is starting to have an impact. We must stick with it though if we are to get that blue line moving firmly in a downwards direction."

Scally, who is a member of Sage, and is the former regional director of public health for the south west of England, said: "Good to see the First Minister following the data from @IndependentSage's online conference which is still going on! I firmly believe that Scotland has the will and capacity to show the way to the rest of the UK."

Sturgeon has topped a series of surveys about her handling of the virus, with the latest finding she has overtaken Boris Johnson in the popularity stakes.

Polling from YouGov found across Great Britain, the First Minister has a positive approval rating of four – up from minus 32 last November.

Meanwhile, Johnson’s rating has steeply declined from minus seven to minus 19.

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