Administrations across the UK should try to “eliminate” coronavirus rather than letting it “hover around”, Nicola Sturgeon has said.
The First Minister said discussions are being held about a “four nations” approach to dealing with Covid-19.
Michael Gove had earlier suggested there will be a joint statement on the way forward, saying the idea had come from the devolved administrations.
Ms Sturgeon said she wants a strategy of “effective elimination” to be put in place, where the virus is driven down to the lowest possible level.
She said she raised the idea with the UK Government on Friday.
At the Scottish Government’s coronavirus briefing, she said: “My objective there was to see if we can get to a point where we align the four nations around a strategy that is effectively about trying to eliminate the virus.
“People have different views about the word elimination – let’s put that to one side.
“At the moment what we have sought to look at is whether we can come to a joint approach that makes very clear that we are all trying to drive this virus to the lowest possible level, which I would call effective elimination, and keep it there.
“As opposed to having an approach that allows the virus to hover around at a certain level and then hope it doesn’t overwhelm you.”
She added: “So there’s some work that has been undertaken.
“And I was pleased to hear Michael Gove be positive about that.”
The First Minister has previously said there is a difference between elimination of coronavirus – when the disease is no longer spreading domestically – and eradication, which would require it to be gone altogether.
Last week, she said Scotland has a “very low prevalence” of the virus compared with other parts of the UK.
The response to Covid-19 was taken on a “four nations” basis as the crisis emerged but administrations around the UK have diverged in later stages.
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