STAFF in Glasgow's hospitals are under the same pressure as they were at the peak of the first Covid-19 wave, according to the area's health bosses. 

More than 700 people are currently being treated for the virus across Greater Glasgow, which was today placed into level four lockdown restrictions. 

Chiefs at NHS Greater Glasgow and Clyde have backed the move - which will see limitations in place from 6pm on Friday - and say they hope it will reduce levels of the virus across the health board. 

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NHSGGC chief executive, Jane Grant, said: “We understand that for many the increased Covid restrictions that have been announced today will be disappointing.

"However, given the increased pressures on our essential services and the rising number of people in our hospitals with COVID, we are hopeful that these restrictions will help to drive the number of cases in our area down and help to protect our local communities.

“We currently have more than 700 people in our hospitals with COVID, this number has been increasing steadily for a number of weeks.

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"Our staff and services are under the same levels of pressure as they were at the peak of the first wave so we hope these new restrictions will help us to continue to provide vital services and support to our staff, patients and their loved ones.”