LiveCoronavirus in Scotland RECAP: Nicola Sturgeon says ‘substantial reopening’ planned in Scotland from late April

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Coronavirus in Scotland LIVE: Nicola Sturgeon prepares to address parliament to outline route of of lockdown
Coronavirus in Scotland LIVE: Nicola Sturgeon prepares to address parliament to outline route of of lockdown

Nicola Sturgeon made a statement on Tuesday afternoon outlining Scotland’s route out of lockdown.

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She told the Scottish Parliament “if all goes according to plan” the country will move back to the levels system of coronavirus restrictions from April 26, with all council areas moving to Level 3.

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Last updated: Tuesday, 23 February, 2021, 14:25

Scotland’s First Minister has said she is “optimistic” about restoring “more normality” to people’s lives in the coming months.

Announcing Scotland’s revised road map out of lockdown, Nicola Sturgeon said Scots would have to accept some trade-offs in the near future to see a longer-term unlocking in the country.

She said: “It is important to stress, of course, that all of this depends on us continuing to suppress the virus now – and continuing to accept some trade-offs for a period, for example on international travel.

“However, if we do so, I am optimistic that we can make good progress in returning more normality to our lives and the economy.

“I know this is still a cautious approach which though absolutely essential to control the virus and protect health, is extremely difficult for many businesses.”

The Scottish Government hopes to have removed the stay at home restriction by April 5, First Minister Nicola Sturgeon has said.

Speaking to MSPs in the Scottish Parliament on Tuesday, Ms Sturgeon said lockdown would ease in phases, separated by at least three weeks, culminating in the removal of the stay at home order and education returning fully on April 5.

After lockdown is lifted, Scotland will move back to the levels system.

The rest of primary school years, as well as more senior phase pupils in secondary schools, will be part of the second phase – which will come no earlier than March 15 – along with an increase in outdoor mixing to four people from two households.

Communal worship, a further extension to outdoor mixing and more freedoms in retail are also hoped to be put in place from April 5.

Scotland will return to a regional levels system from the last week in April if virus suppression continues, Nicola Sturgeon has said.

The First Minister told MSPs the five-level system, separated by council areas, will return and she hopes those in Level 4 will be able to drop down to Level 3, which would see sectors such as non-essential retail reopen.

She said: “It is therefore from the last week of April that we would expect to see phased but significant reopening of the economy, including non-essential retail, hospitality and services like gyms and hairdressers.

“And, of course, the more of us who are vaccinated and the more we all stick by the rules now, the faster that safe pace is likely to be – if we all stay in this together, our progress will be greater.”

Travel restrictions in Scotland will remain for “some time yet”, First Minister Nicola Sturgeon has said.

Unveiling the revised road map out of lockdown in the Scottish Parliament, the First Minister said it was important that cases of the virus, particularly of new variants of the virus, were not imported into the country.

She said: “We saw over the summer how new cases were imported into Scotland, after the virus had almost been eliminated. We do not want that to happen again.

“In particular we do not want to import new variants of the virus, which could be more resistant to the vaccines that we are currently using.

“And so the strategic framework rightly emphasises the importance of both travel restrictions and test and protect. They will help us to ease restrictions safely.”

The Scottish Government hopes to lift the stay at home restriction in Scotland from April 5, First Minister Nicola Sturgeon has told the Scottish Parliament.

Scotland will move fully back to the levels system of Covid-19 restrictions from the last week in April “if all goes according to plan”, Nicola Sturgeon has announced at the Scottish Parliament.

Scotland has recorded 56 deaths from coronavirus and 655 positive tests in the past 24 hours, Scottish Government figures show.

It brings the death toll under this measure – of people who first tested positive for the virus within the previous 28 days – to 7,006.

The latest statistics show 198,839 people have tested positive in Scotland, up from 198,184 the previous day. The daily test positivity rate is 4.8%, down from 6.6%.

Of the new cases, 198 are in Greater Glasgow and Clyde, 128 in Lanarkshire, and 123 in Lothian.

There are 1,076 people in hospital confirmed to have the virus, down 65 in 24 hours, and 93 patients are in intensive care, down six.

A total of 1,465,241 people have received their first dose of a coronavirus vaccine as of Tuesday morning and 43,203 have received their second dose.

Scottish Government update: 665 new cases, 1,076 patients in hospital, 93 in intensive care and 56 deaths have been registered in the last 24 hours.

Scottish Government update: 665 new cases, 1,076 patients in hospital, 93 in intensive care and 56 deaths have been registered in the last 24 hours.

Scottish Government update: 665 new cases, 1,076 patients in hospital, 93 in intensive care and 56 deaths have been registered in the last 24 hours.

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