A public health expert has told a conference of Scottish doctors that coronavirus infections will continue to rise and fall every three or four months.

It comes as struggling health boards urge people to stay away from accident and emergency departments unless their condition is urgent or life-threatening as they face being overwhelmed by Covid-positive patients.

Professor Linda Bauld, a Scottish Government adviser, delivered her keynote speech at the British Medical Association Scotland conference on Saturday.

Reflecting on the response to the pandemic and the pausing of activity across the NHS, Professor Bauld said: “Any crisis forces people to change direction.”

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